What is Sunburn?

Sunburn is the term for red, sometimes swollen and painful skin resulting from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun. In furthermost cases excess exposure of UV radiation can be life threatening.

Sunburn is a serious risk factor for skin cancer and it can occur in seconds less than 15 minutes and when exposed to sources of intense ultraviolet light or artificial sources while It commonly depends upon your skin type, the intensity of the sun and the time you have been exposed to the sun. In less than 30 minutes your skin may turn red immediately the exposure, but most often takes 2 to 5 hours.

The pain persists for at least 6 to 48 hours after the exposure. The burn continues to develop for 24 to 72 hrs occasionally followed by peeling skin in 3 to 8 days. Some peeling and itching may continue for weeks. Sunscreen is widely recommended to prevent sunburn


  • Redness of the skin
  • Mild dizziness
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Common fatigue
  • Itching
  • headache
  • Peeling of skin
  • Blistering (in some cases)


Your doctor may ask you about the symptoms and your medical history some physical exams or tests may also be conducted while you may be asked to visit dermatologist (skin specialist) in severe cases.


Cool bath: in order to soothe the burn go for a cool bath

Paste: mix cold milk, oats, rosewater and freshly extracted aloe Vera make a paste and apply it on the sunburn.

Tea: 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add 5 tablespoons of tea leaves and remove from heat. Cover it for at least 30 minutes and drain. Dilute it with 4 cups of ice cold water. Soak cotton or a soft washcloth in the tea and apply to the effected meaning

Cucumber: Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected sunburned areas including the face.

Vinegar: Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar seems to work the best, and often times proponents of this method say is most effective after a cool shower. Spray the unfiltered apple cider vinegar or use Cotton balls for application.

Coconut Oil and milk: Take fresh or frozen grated coconut, soak it in warm water for 5 minutes and grind it in a mixer. Pass it through a fine sieve, pressing down to extract as much of the milk as possible. Store the milk in the refrigerator and apply it on the damaged skin. After a tepid shower applying coconut oil directly on the inflamed skin is a great remedy.

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