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Anonymous asked in HealthGeneral Health CareFirst Aid · 1 decade ago

how du get rid of sunburn quick?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    cold water is the best first aid when you burn yourself - 20 minutes under the tap is ideal. NEVER ice or vinegar or milk or butter or green tea or mustard or toothpaste or sunscreen or semen or vaseline or tomatoes or vanilla extract or yogurt or sour cream or egg white or lavender oil or cocoa butter or salt or tea bags or potato or shaving cream or olive oil or baking soda or banana peel or petroleum jelly or whipped cream or avocado or bacon grease or corn starch or tumeric or lemon juice or curd- not until the skin is fully healed!

    alcohol might help with the pain but it is a serious risk as it will dehydrate you - so don't drink any. ibuprofen or aspirin will help but larger burns are often accompanied by stomach ulcers, so tylenol/panadol is best for pain if you are gonna tough it out. drink plenty of water or energy drinks that don't have caffeine (gatorade)

    i would advise that you cover the burnt area with white soft paraffin (white petroleum) or aqueous cream bp. (check the links below and see if you can find a local equivalent). wash the burn and reapply every 4-6 hours - cover with cling wrap if you wish to cover with clothes - this will stop your clothes getting covered with paraffin and maintains the burn.

    cling wrap alone is ok if you can't get hold of any paraffin. it also acts as a protective artificial skin - helping retain moisture and protect from further damage and pain. cling wrap is cheap and clean off the roll. in Australia ambulances often use this when someone has been burnt. - please note that cling wrap isn't always practical, like on your face.

    the paraffin imitates the natural oils, creating a seal stopping water leaving the body and reduces pain by protecting sensitised nerves. both of these factors improve healing - good stuff stays in, bad stays out - that is one job of healthy skin. aloe is good coz it remoisturises but that moisture can be quickly lost as the skin can't contain fluids. so put aloe on, and then the paraffin on over the top. if there is broken skin leave out the aloe - just paraffin.

    http://www.doorone.com.au/xGS-Aqueous_Cream~NS-1~l...

    http://www.pharmacyonline.com.au/david-craig-paraf...

    http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvs/gateway/detail?prodi...

    email if you still have questions - send photos feedingthedogcustard@hotmail.com

    finally if you are really worried go to a hospital that has a burns unit or plastic surgeons. serious sunburn i.e. blisters (and all other burns) should be seen by a burns trained doctor or nurse.

    Source(s): Burns RN
  • 1 decade ago

    Fastest....cover the burn with Noxema cream, in the jar. Cools instantly and kills the pain instantly. Throw on loose cotton clothes, an oversized T for example, yes it will stick to the Noxema, but you will be able to lie down and rest. Drink a lot of water, avoid the sun, if you must go out, spray yourself down with a high SPF sunblock, cover your head. One draw back to Noxema, it leaves a waxy white film or residue on the skin after a few hours, which can be rubbed in like a lotion or gently rinsed off the next morning in the shower.

    Aloe vera gel for sunburn is good, but doesn't always relieve pain. For severe pain, use the Noxema, generously, then take a Benadryl for allergies tablet, again, drink lots of water. The Benadryl will help decrease the swelling and pain in the burn. Rest, plenty of fluids, and keep reapplying the Noxema until your skin feels better, after that use your favorite dry skin lotion. Try to avoid lotions at first, as they tend to make a burn really sting. Another quick fix for pain, soak your skin in Bactine, the clear stuff you put on cuts...kills pain quite effectively in a pinch. Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can't really get rid of sunburn. It will go away itself. All you can do is soothe it to help it get better. Use after sun products, especially those containing aloe vera. Also keep your skin well hydrated by drinking lots of water and this will help.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i can tell you what will get rid of the pain. cut a cold lemon in half and rub it over the burned areas, or buy a bottle of pure aloe vera gel. i like to store it in the frig. rub it on the affected areas. white vinegar also sooths sunburn, but it's not fun walking around smelling like a salad.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Trust me when I say... Cider Apple Vinegar. I just got burnt on the 4th of July. I used that the first couple of days then put on extra care healing lotion from Johnson & Johnson the rest of the days.

    Put some vinegar on a piece of toilet paper, cotton ball etc,. Gently wipe it all over your sunburn. It will release the heat from your burn TRUST ME! Then treat with extra moisturizing lotion..to keep your burnt skin hydrated.

    I peeled a little but not nearly as bad as when left untreated.

    Source(s): Experience !!!
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You don't. It's gonna take time. Depending on the degree of the burn (1st, 2nd, 3rd) depends on what you do. I'll say it's a 1st degree on how you posted so all you do is put soothing spray on it (see your local pharmacist for a OTC brand).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Try putting aloe vera on it, it may not get rid of it, but it will make it feel better.

  • 1 decade ago

    Don't touch it and stay in the cold. You can put some lotion on it to help!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    put aloe vera on it constantly

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    dip tea bags in cold water and put them where your sun burn is

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