4 steps to solve sunburn problem
In Thailand, it would be difficult to avoid the sunlight regardless of season. If you choose the suitable sunscreen, the right SPF and sufficient usage, it will be able to prevent sunburn. In contrast, if your skin has already burnt and become inflammation and redness. You should take care as follows:
1. Cold compress, take a cold shower, use saline to wash the wound, or even use a cotton ball or cloth moistened with saline or cold water and apply on the burned area will help relieve heat. If you are unable to find these things, you can use a cloth moistened with room temperature water, and then apply a compress to relieve the symptoms.
2. Apply moisturizers or creams that will add moisture to the skin. In some cases, if there is a serious redness or inflammation, it may be necessary to apply topical anti-inflammatory such as steroids which you are unable to buy by yourself due to its unsafety. Therefore, you need to see a doctor to prescribe medication for the appropriate dosage for the symptoms.
3. Drink plenty of water due to drinking a lot of water will help reduce skin dryness and compensate for the water lost by the sunburn. In the case of mild sunburn, the symptoms may be just pain, dryness, or redness after 3-4 days or 1 week. Then, skin peeling may be occurred.
4. See the doctors in the case of serious sunburned skin and cause water blisters like scald, you must absolutely not puncture blisters by yourself!! because the puncture of the skin may cause secondary bacterial infections in that area. In this case, you should hurry to see a doctor in order to be diagnosed and treated properly and accurately.
Information provided by: Dr. Nicha Tangpobnong
Compiled by: Medisci Center