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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sunburn remedy

I came home from an outing with friends and found myself sunburnt despite using sunscreen! What should I do now?
No sunscreen offer 100% protection, which is why they are now known as sunscreen rather than sunblock.

Sunburn should be treated as soon as possible. Here's what you should do:
  1. Seek shade immediately, if you are still outdoor.
  2. Cool down with a shower or baths.
  3. Apply a generous layer of moisturiser over the sunburnt area.
  4. Apply mild topical corticosteroids to reduce the redness and swelling.
  5. Drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration.
If you have a blister at the sunburnt area, do not de-roof it. De-roofing and leaving raw skin exposed poses a risk of secondary bacterial infection and slows down healing.

If there is a large area of blisters, or you are starting to feel feverish or chills, you should seek medical consultation immediately.

Practise strict sun protection until the burned area completely heal.
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