damage in the form of inflammation and/or burns to the
skin caused by over-exposure to the ultraviolet radiation
of sunlight. It typically occurs primarily in people
who are fair-skinned.
usually appear within 24 hours after excess exposure
to sunlight, peaking at 72 hours, unless the sunburn
is severe. The affected skin turns anywhere from a mild
red to severe, dark red, with the skin becoming mildly
tender and even painful and accompanied by swelling.
Blisters can also appear.
on the lower body and legs/feet is usually more painful
and takes longer to heal. If a large portion of the
skin is affected, symptoms such as chills, fever, weakness,
and shock can result, as can secondary infections that
can set in after the skin has peeled. The new skin may
be very sensitive to touch and to further sunlight for
are three degrees of sunburn. First-degree burns only
redden the skin, with other symptoms. Second-degree
sunburn can cause swelling, pain and blisters that fill
with water. Third-degree sunburn results in more severe
damage to the skin, is more prone to infection, and
must be seen by a Health Coach.
Repeated overexposure to the sun and sunburns
increases aging of the skin and the risk of skin cancers.
addition, certain pharmaceutical drugs can produce adverse
reactions following exposure to sunlight. Ask your Health Coach
if this is the case for medications you may be taking.
If it is, avoid sunlight during peak hours.
The best treatment of sunburn is prevention.
Your initial exposure to sun in the summer should be
limited to 30 minutes during midday sun. The best time
to be out in the sun is before 11 a.m. and after 3 p.m.
being outside on cloudy summer days and foggy winter
days, especially at higher altitudes, carries a greater
risk of sunburn due to the same amount of ultraviolet
exposure. Sunlight reflecting off of water, metal, snow,
sand, and silvery objects can increase the risk of sunburn.
Repeated overexposure to the sun and sunburns increases
aging of the skin and increases risk of skin cancers.
Although sunscreens have for years been touted
as a preventive measure to protect against melanoma
(skin cancer), new research indicates that sunscreens
themselves can be instrumental in causing melanoma because
of how they prevent the skin from producing vitamin
D, an essential hormone-like nutrient that helps to
inhibit the growth of melanoma and other cancers. The
new research debunks the claim that sunscreens prevent
cancer in humans. All they do is prevent sunburn. Moreover,
research shows that the rise in melanoma rates are directly
proportional to the sales rates of sunscreens. A more protective method is to avoid direct sunlight
around an hour before and three hours after noon and/or
to wear protective head gear (hats, visors, scarves,
etc.) when outdoors.
Mix the following together vitamin A, vitamin E, essential
fatty acids, zinc oxide, and aloe gel, and apply topically
to the affected area. The following nurtrients taken
orally can also be helpful vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin
E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Should sunburn occur, spray the affected area
with lavender and chamomile. To prevent blistering,
also massage two to three drops of lavender oil directly
into the affected area.
Rescue Remedy Cream applied topically helps
soothe pain and improves healing time
Apply cool aloe vera gel liberally to the
sunburnt area. If you are badly sunburnt, apply a salve
made with St. John's wort and calendula flowers.
Natrum mur. Is a useful homeopathic
remedy for preventing sunburn, while Urtica Urens
and, Rhus tox can help speed recovery after sunburn
occurs. Calendula lotion applied topically is
Apply a cold compress immediately and repeat
as needed to help relieve pain. Also take baths to which
one cup of apple cider vinegar or oatmeal has been added,
especially if you suffer from sunburn of the lower extremities.
Carrot juice can help speed recovery.
Apply a mixture of two parts apple cider vinegar and
part extra virgin olive oil to the affected area. This
will help soothe the pain and hasten the healing process.
PABA cream applied topically can also be helpful, as
can the gel from a feshly cut aloe vera leaf.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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