(Mankato, MN) – If you’re dealing with redness and pain after getting too much sun this weekend, there are some simple things you can do to lessen the symptoms.
Doctor Cindy Kermott with the Mayo Clinic says applying an aloe vera lotion or gel may be soothing, and over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin or Aleve could help control the pain and swelling. People should also drink plenty of water to replenish what their body is losing in battling the sunburn.
Kermott also warns against applying any “-caine” products, such as benzocaine, which may irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction. Benzocaine has also been linked to a rare but potentially deadly condition that decreases the amount of oxygen that the blood can carry.
And don’t pop blisters that may form.
“That fluid that’s underneath the blisters is completely sterile,” says Dr. Kermott. “It can only become infected if it has exposure to the outside world — if it’s popped.”
Dr. Kermott says if blisters break on their own, apply an antibacterial cream to protect the newly exposed layer of skin.