What to Do:
1. Remove self from the sun right away.
2. Take a cool (not cold) shower or bath – or apply cool compress – several times a day.
3. Avoid creams or lotions that may hold heat inside the skin or may contain numbing medication. Do not put butter or toothpaste on the burn.
4. Drink extra fluids for the next 2 to 3 days.
5. Take ibuprofen (such as Motrin) or acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) as directed, if needed, to relieve pain.
6. Make sure all sunburned areas are fully covered to protect you from the sun until healed.
Call a doctor if you have:
· Sunburn that forms blisters or is extremely painful
· Facial swelling from sunburn
· Sunburn that covers a large area
· Fever or severe chills after getting sunburned
· Headache, confusion, or a feeling of faintness
· Signs of dehydration (increased thirst, or dry eyes and mouth)
· Signs of infection on the skin (increasing redness, warmth, pain, swelling, or pus)
Before going out in the sun, remember “Slip Slap Slop”:
Slip on a shirt.
Slap on a brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Slop on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or if you have been in water or sweating a lot).