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Sunburn

Sunburn is red, hot and sore skin caused by too much sun.

Sunburnt skin is red, hot and sore to the touch. It may flake and peel after a few days. In severe cases, you may get blisters.

You can usually ease sunburn with things like aftersun cream and painkillers. Have a cool shower and drink plenty of water to cool down

Read more on the NHS website.

Sunburnt skin is red, hot and sore to the touch. It may flake and peel after a few days. In severe cases, you may get blisters.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can usually ease sunburn with things like aftersun cream and painkillers. Have a cool shower and drink plenty of water to cool down

Self-care


Do

  • get out of the sun as soon as possible
  • cool your skin with a cool shower, bath or damp towel (take care not to let a baby or young child get too cold)
  • apply aftersun cream or spray, like aloe vera
  • drink plenty of water to cool down and prevent dehydration
  • take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen for any pain
  • cover sunburnt skin from direct sunlight until skin has fully healed

Don't

  • do not use petroleum jelly on sunburnt skin
  • do not put ice or ice packs on sunburnt skin
  • do not pop any blisters
  • do not scratch or try to remove peeling skin
  • do not wear tight-fitting clothes over sunburnt skin

Read more on the NHS website.