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First Aid: Sunburns

Posted by Alex Francis on

The sun is quite the frenemy.  When enjoyed in excess, without protection anyway, the sun likes to punish our exuberance by burning us.  Prevention is the best method (use sunblock!), but you know you are too late when you have the following symptoms:

Sunburns typically present themselves within a couple of hours.  Pain and redness are common.  In extreme cases, you can even have blisters.  Sunburns over large areas may also bring on headache, fevers, and nausea.

Here's our recommendation for first aid: If at home, try taking a cool bath, which will help with the pain.  But you can't take a bath ALL day long, so you can also use aloe vera gel (usually looks like that blue stuff), which can also relieve pain.

You can also take common pain relievers like ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or acetaminophen (which are similar to Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol, respectively).

If contained to a relatively small area, you may want to try our Burntec dressings.  They aren't messing like aloe gel can be, and they stay put covered all day, so you can go about your business.  You can also place these dressings in your first aid kit, as they come in individual pouches.

For serious burns, including blisters larger than a quarter, or extreme pain, headaches, confusion, or nausea, see your doctor.

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