Fun in the sun is an important part of summer in the Lone Star State. Wearing plenty of sunscreen is one good way to make sure your outdoor adventures do not end up with a trip to Sugar Land emergency care for you or a member of your family. If it is too late for sunscreen, however, you may be able to manage mild to moderate cases of sunburn with over-the-counter medications and home remedies for these common ailments. Here are some time-tested remedies for soothing sunburned skin and speeding the healing process.
Consider a Cool Bath
Frequent, cool baths can draw some of the heat and sting out of sunburns. Avoid using soaps, bath oils and other commercial additives to your bath, however, as these substances can dry skin and cause further irritation to occur. White or apple cider vinegar can safely be added to bath water to reduce pain and improve the health of your skin.
Stock Up on Ice Packs
Ice packs are another good way to reduce the heat and swelling sometimes associated with sunburns. Using a dish towel or wash cloth between the ice pack and your skin can protect your skin while ensuring the greatest relief from pain and swelling. If these symptoms persist for more than a day or two, though, it may be time to schedule a trip to your local Sugar Land emergency clinic for evaluation and care.
Take Time Out for Tea
Sunburns on eyelids or just below the eyes can sometimes respond well to an application of wet teabags. The tannic acid in black tea can provide soothing relief for these delicate areas of the face and can help you feel more comfortable after a serious sunburn.
Choose Over-the-Counter Remedies Wisely
If home remedies do not provide adequate relief for sunburn symptoms, you can try topical applications that contain hydrocortisone, which can stop itching and provide some relief from skin irritation and inflammation. Aloe vera gels can also be used as a sunburn treatment to moisturize skin and to assist in the healing process. Finally, sprays containing benzocaine are generally safe to use for sunburns and can offer fast relief for pain.
For severe sunburns and other summer mishaps, St. Michael’s Emergency Rooms can provide you with the Sugar Land emergency services needed to ensure the fastest recovery and the best care for you and your family. We offer comprehensive Sugar Land emergency care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year to ensure that you receive the care you need when you need it most. Call us anytime at 281-980-4357 to let us know you are on the way. We will be here to serve you.