How To Treat a Sunburn

You know sunburn can hurt, but what causes it? If you're outside, your sunburn is caused by the sun's UV (ultraviolet) rays. UV rays are wavelengths of sunlight too short for humans to see. The sun emits three kinds of rays. Two of them -- UVA and UVB -- cause sunburn. UVA rays can age your skin on top of causing burns.

The sun isn't the only source of harmful UV rays. Tanning bed lamps can also cause harm and sunburn. The truth is, there's really no safe way to expose your sun to UV rays. And sunburn isn't always easy to treat or relieve.

An ice compress or ice bath will help a sunburn look and feel better. "Ice relieves itching and reduces redness and swelling," says Fein.

Take a washcloth or towel and soak it with cool water, wring it out, then lay on the sunburn. The cool water will begin to evaporate, cooling the sunburn. Do this two to three times a day for half an hour. Put Cream On the Burn

Use hydrocortisone cream directly on the burn three to four times a day. This will help to relieve some of the pain from the sunburn. For best results, apply the cream then add a cold compress. Use Aloe Lotions

Take ibuprofen or aspirin to help relieve discomfort and inflammation due to the sunburn. If you have a severe sunburn, seek medical attention immediately.

Call a Doctor If a sunburn is accompanied by a fever >102°F, large numbers of blisters, severe pain, excessive swelling, fainting, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

However, sunburn is better prevented than treated. Sun protection is your best defence against sunburn and other damaging effects of UV radiation.