Summer is fun but sunburns sure aren’t! Many brides and grooms have suffered sunburn of varying degrees on their honeymoon, which is an unpleasant experience.
Sunburn can happen within a few hours of sun exposure and can even happen on a cloudy day! Also, you should be extra careful if you have light-colored skin.
Signs and symptoms of sunburn include pain, redness, swelling and occasional blistering of the exposed area. Because exposure often affects a large area of your skin, sunburn can also cause headaches, fever and fatigue.
Avoid sunburn by:
Staying out of the sun during peak hours
Protecting yourself with appropriate cool clothing
Wearing a hat with a big rim and sunglasses
Using sunscreen on any exposed area
If you have sunburn:
If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Though aspirin is approved for use in children older than age 2, children and teenagers recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms should never take aspirin. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
Leave blisters intact for a speedy healing process, and also to avoid infection. If they burst on their own, apply an antibacterial ointment on the open areas.
Apply an aloe vera gel or moisturizing lotion several times a day.
Take a cool bath or shower. You can also apply a clean towel dampened with cool water.
Don't use petroleum jelly, butter, egg whites or other home remedies on your sunburn. They can prevent or delay healing.
If your sunburn begins to blister or if you experience immediate complications, such as a rash, itching or fever, call your doctor for a consultation.
Source: May Clinic and others
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