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8 Ways to Treat Sunburn at Home

Home remedies for sunburn

Summer’s here, and that means it’s time to head outside and soak up the sun. However, along with the all those hours spent outdoors during the summer season, there usually comes one inevitable thing: sunburn. Fortunately, for all of us, there are plenty of household items you can use to cool the burning, itching, and peeling that come with damage from the sun.

Keep reading to learn about home remedies that can help heal and soothe your skin.

Cool water

Sunburn, basically, is inflammation of the skin. One of the easiest ways to treat inflammation is to cool down the affected area. An effective way to immediately help sunburn, even while you are still outside, is to hop in the water, whether it is an ocean, lake, or stream. Dipping in and out throughout the day can help keep sunburn from worsening. Be wary of pools, as chlorinated water can irritate the skin more. You should also avoid directly applying ice. Although it may look appealing when your skin is burning, it could actually cause even more damage to your extra-sensitive sunburned skin.

You can also try hopping in the bath to help cool and soothe your skin.

Baking soda and oatmeal

Throwing a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda into a bathtub full of cool water and soaking for about 15 to 20 minutes helps minimize sun damage. Adding a cup of oats to the bath also soothes irritation and helps the skin retain its natural moisture.

Do not scrub your skin, either in the bath or after getting out. Dab yourself dry with a towel — do not rub.

Aloe vera

If you do not have an aloe vera plant in your house, you should get one. The gel inside this succulent plant has been used for centuries for all sorts of ailments, from upset stomachs to kidney infections. It is also the sunburn relief most commonly found over the counter.

Breaking off a chunk of the plant and applying the gel directly to the skin provides immediate, soothing relief from the sting of minor sunburn. If you can’t get your hands on a plant, try a 100 percent aloe vera gel (not an aloe-based lotion or ointment). You can find these gels in most pharmacies.

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea can be soothing to your spirit, but it can also soothe your sunburned skin. Brew the tea as you normally would and let it cool. When it is ready, soak a washcloth in it and apply it to the affected area.

If you are allergic to pollen, you should not use this treatment. It may cause an allergic reaction in your skin.

Vinegar

Opinions are mixed about using vinegar for sunburn relief. Some say adding two cups of vinegar to cool bath water can help take the sting out of burn, while others say the high acidity in vinegar only makes things worse. If you haven’t used the treatment before on smaller, lighter sunburns, it’s best not to try it for larger, more serious burns.

Wear loose clothing

As your skin is repairing itself, make sure to wear clothing that doesn’t stick to your skin. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s best to give it some room to breathe as it heals from a major traumatic episode like sunburn. Natural fibers, such as cotton or bamboo, make for the best post-sunburn coverings.

Drink lots of water

As your skin is battling the damage from the sun’s rays, it needs moisture that it lost during your time out in the sun. If you aren’t already drinking your eight glasses of water a day, a nasty sunburn should be reason enough to get you to start doing so.

Don’t forget the moisturizer

After the initial treatment, you skin will still need some tender loving care. One of the most important things you can do to prevent skin from peeling — or at least keep it to a minimum — is to regularly apply moisturizer to the affected areas. Use scent- and dye-free moisturizer (marketed for “sensitive skin”) to keep skin irritation to a minimum.

Get more information

Stay hydrated, keep cool, and if the sunburn is too painful, you can take some ibuprofen. You should also make sure you stay covered up next time you go outside so your sunburn isn’t exposed to even more sun. Call your clinician or visit ExpressCare  if a sunburn causes you to have a fever or if you are showing signs of dehydration.

And remember, the easiest way to treat sunburn is to avoid it.

Cite: https://www.healthline.com/health/sunburn

 

How to Prevent Sport Injuries in Children

Sports may be fun for kids and parents, but accidents happen. Around one in three children in the US who participate in sports will miss a game this year due to a sports-related injury. How can you minimize your child’s risk of injury at the next game? Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

Continue reading “How to Prevent Sport Injuries in Children”

Now introducing BrainScope

Concussions

Garrett Bomba, MD.

Medical Director, Express Care

 

 

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) causes of disruption in normal brain function that may lead to loss of consciousness, neurologic deficits, memory loss, and possible alteration of mental status or personality. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Delayed responses to outside stimulus and emotional changes
  • Difficulty with concentration or attention
  • Amnesia
  • Headaches and dizziness

More alarming changes would include increased disorientation, vomiting, worsening headache, and changing level of consciousness.

After a significant head injury, it is important that a patient seeks medical attention or least discuss their injury with a medical provider. At Pentucket Medical ExpressCare we are excited to have a cutting edge technology, Brainscope, that allows us to use EEG (brainwaves) to more accurately diagnose head injury and concussion.

We also have established relationships with local concussion specialists that will evaluate all of our patients diagnosed with a concussion within a few short days to start treatment and improve outcomes.

Concussed patients should be immediately removed from play or activity until they can have a medical examination to determine when they can safely return to activities.

Although several different guidelines regarding returning to daily activities have been established, the main criteria after a concussion include:

  • Complete clearing of symptoms both at rest and with exercise; and,
  • Complete return of all memory and concentration

Luckily, concussive traumatic brain injuries are usually mild and people recover fully and as with most injuries prevention is your best bet. Prevention includes

  • Wearing appropriate protective gear and good sportsmanship
  • Buckling your seatbelt
  • Keeping your home safe by reducing clutter and therefore reducing fall risks
  • Protect your children by blocking off stairways, and pad edges of countertops and tables
  • Basic swimming pool safety including no jumping in water less than 9 feet or running around the pool deck
  • Wear sensible shoes to avoid slipping

Why Use an Urgent Care versus an Emergency Room

Garrett Bomba, MD, Medical Director, ExpressCare

None of us likes getting sick or injured.  We also do not like waiting or paying more than we should. 

Everyone has a story about a 3 hour wait in an Emergency Department waiting room or about that $2,200 bill from the hospital after being seen for back pain.  Continue reading “Why Use an Urgent Care versus an Emergency Room”