What to do if you get a sunburn

Ease discomfort of sunburns

SAN ANTONIO – Everyone knows to use sunscreen, but sunburns seem to be inevitable no matter how much you prepare.

While the damage can’t be undone, there are ways to ease the discomfort.

Consumer reports health editors suggest a cool or lukewarm shower to alleviate some of the heat from your skin.

Apply a moisturizing lotion that contains hyaluronic acid while your skin is still damp, as it helps bind water to the skin.

Aloe vera gel is always a viable option as well.

“Applying the plant’s pulp to the sunburned area helps hydrate the skin and calm the inflammation,” Consumer Reports health editor Trisha Calvo said.

Cold compresses or a thin layer of plain yogurt can also ease the sting of sunburns.

If the pain becomes unbearable, aspirin and ibuprofen can help.

Resist the urge to peel your skin or burst any blisters; it can leave you susceptible to infection.

If a blister does burst, use a topical antibiotic like bacitracin.

Friendly reminder: Going out in the sun for long periods of time requires reapplication of sunscreen. Once isn’t enough to keep the heat off.

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