Got a sunburn? Act fast to soothe pain and minimize skin damage.
If you’re near water… …jump in to cool your skin and prevent blistering. Then get out of the sun ASAP.
Take frequent cool showers and avoid harsh soaps.
Apply lotion to damp skin to lock in moisture. Don’t use petroleum jelly ointment, which can trap heat on your skin.
Treat blisters and small sunburned areas with ice packs wrapped in a cloth or paper towel. Ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen can ease pain and swelling. Drink lots of fluids until the burn stops hurting and skin begins peeling.
Call your doctor if you experience vomiting, fever, chills, confusion or blisters that appear infected. For severe pain or a blistering burn covering much of your body, head to urgent care.
Be sun smart: Wear SPF 30+ every day Aetna. You don’t join us, we join you.