Severe Sunburn Symptoms and Treatments
Let’s talk about severe sunburns and how can you treat them.
Almost everybody has been sun burnt at one point of their lives. It is important to figure out if you have a normal burn or severe sunburn. You need to check out your symptoms and figure out which one it is.
A normal sunburn might be red, sore, and you may experience some swelling. There may be blisters present and when the redness dissipates, your almost always your skin will peel.
There is a huge difference between a regular sunburn and severe sunburn. You will get all the symptoms mentioned above, but you will also be dizzy, nauseous, unable to focus and may develop a fever.
Tips on How to Treat Severe Sunburns
There are a few ways to help alleviate the pain from the severe sunburns. One way to help is to stay away from wearing tight clothing or anything with sharper edges that may push your skin in. Showers will also be very painful, so you may not want to take as many as you usually do.
A cold water bath might ease the pain of the severe burn. You probably will not be able to stay in the tub for that long. Try to add baking soda to the water to make it a little easier on you.
You should also apply some lotion that contains aloe vera to sooth the pain. If you have one of those plants, you can break it open and put the gel right on the burn. Some people suggest using butter, but I find that it adds to the irritation so be careful with that.
If it is really bad, I would add petroleum jelly so nothing will stick to your skin. Do not break the blisters if you have any because it can cause infection. If it does break, make sure you wash out the area.
Drinking water is very important to help the healing process. Be sure to drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily. You don’t want to become dehydrated from the burn.
A good tip to avoid severe sunburns is to stay inside from noon to 3pm, as this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you do have to go out, try wearing a hat or long sleeve shirt.
Almost all sunburns you can treat at your own home, but if you have the more serious symptoms such as fainting and confusion, please be sure to check it out with the doctor.