Very Bad or Severe Sunburn - Symptoms, Tips, Remedies, Cures and Treatments
Here, you will learn about a severe sunburn and how to deal with it.
Nearly everyone has had a sunburn at some point in their lifetime, but what's the difference between a "normal" sunburn and a severe one? And what signs and symptoms should you be on the lookout for?
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A typical sunburn will be red, painful, and might even swell. You might notice blisters along some parts of it, and once the redness has died down, you will probably experience peeling of your skin.
A very bad sunburn, however, will have much worse symptoms. A severe sunburn will have all of the abovementioned symptoms, as well as dizziness, upset stomach, headache, fever, and even vomiting.
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There are several ways to ease the pain associated with severe sunburns. For starters, you want to avoid tight fitting clothing or any clothing that contains lace, sharp edges, tags, or buttons and zippers that might dig into your skin. You also want to avoid showers, as these can be quite painful.
A cool bath or cool compress might bring relief to your serious sunburn. However, you might find that you can only stay in the bathtub a short amount of time. Adding baking soda to the bathwater might be helpful in easing the pain. A cool compress can be placed on the burnt areas 3 to 4 times per day.
Cold cream or lotion that contains coconut or aloe vera is suggested for pain relief, as both can be soothing. You can also break apart an aloe plant and apply the thick green gel directly to the burn. However, despite what some folk remedies call for, avoid using butter on severe sunburns, as this can actually irritate the burn.
If the burn is very bad, then adding petroleum jelly to the burn so that nothing else will stick to it can be helpful. If you have blisters, resist the urge to break them, and instead let them go away on their own. If they do break, then wash the area gently and cover it with gauze so that infection doesn't develop.
It is important to remain hydrated when you have a severe sunburn, so make sure that you are drinking 6 to 8 glasses of pure water a day. Sunburn can increase your chances of developing dehydration.
In order to avoid getting a very bad or severe sunburn in the first place, stay out of the sun between noon and 3:00 pm, when the rays are at their strongest. If you burn easily, then consider wearing a hat (the top of your head can get burnt as well) and long sleeves.
If you are taking any medications, read the labels to find out if they increase your sun sensitivity. Some do and, if you are taking one of these, then it's even more important to be diligent about protecting yourself in the sun.
Although most sunburns can be effectively treated at home, there are some symptoms that should not be ignored. These include severe blistering, confusion, fainting, and severe pain. If you have any of these symptoms, then medical treatment should be sought immediately.
There are many other tips and suggestions for sunburn prevention and sunburn relief, some of which you probably would not have even considered. To learn more, read the other related sunburn articles and pages on this website.
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