How to treat sunburns? (First part)

Sunburn: Although it is very useful for the body to use sunlight, exposure to intense sunlight and UV radiation can be very dangerous. It is causing burns and even skin cancer.

Sunburns are graded, and this rating is usually 1, 2, and 3. A large number of sunburns are grade 1 and most of these can usually be treated with home remedies.


Wash the burn area with water:

  • SunburnCold compresses can be used several times a day and every 10-15 minutes each time.
  • Also, you can use a cool and wet towel for the burn area. Make sure the water temperature is not very cold, because it can have a negative effect on skin to use immediately cold compress after burning.
  • To reduce the effects of burns on the skin, you can continuously use a cold shower.
  • After showering, it’s best not to dry yourself completely. ┬áMoisture is good for sunburn area.

Talk to your doctor if a burn is more severe

  • SunburnSevere burns can cause severe skin problems and infection. So in these cases, be sure to refer to the doctor.
  • Antibiotic treatments should be used as soon as possible.- Keep the burn location clean.
  • Silver sulfadiazine (cream 1%) for sunblock acts as an antibiotic to prevent infections around burned areas.

Use Aloe Vera Gel

  • Aloe Vera gel can be used on damaged area to reduce inflammation of the skin.
  • Of course, it’s better to use Aloe Vera gel only in partial burns and not to use in burns that can be infected.

Avoid sunlight when your skin is getting better

  • SunburnYour skin needs protection during the treatment process. The skin may need medical care, so be sure to cover it so that it is exposed to sunlight or No UV rays.
  • Always use cotton cloths and avoid cloths that irritate the skin during the treatment process.

We will continue to discuss this in the next article.


Collected by
Dr. Sara Bakhshaei

About Sara Bakhshaei

Sara Bakhshaei
Dr Sara Bakhshaei is a PhD. graduate Agroecologist from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. She has done researches in some agricultural and health fields such as Plant Ecology, Agroecology, Data Analysis, Crop production, LCA and Pharmaceutical effects of medicinal plants. She completed her researches as an Internship period in IFF institute(Institute of Social Ecology) in Vienna, Austria. Since 2016 she works as a senior researcher at Parsiteb herbal pharmaceutical company. She has 8 years of work experience as a university lecturer in Iran and published more than 100 articles in her research fields. Now she continues her study in the field of Phytomedicine at the Boku University of Vienna.

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