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Health Tip: Treat a Sunburn

(HealthDay News) -- Feeling like you're getting a sunburn? Get out of the sun quickly and begin treating your skin, the American Academy of Dermatology advises.

The burn eventually will heal, but getting a burn because you forgot to apply sunscreen or simply stayed under the sun's rays too long increases your chances of developing skin cancer.

The academy offers these sunburn treatment suggestions:

  • Put a cold, damp towel on affected skin for at least 10 minutes a few times every day. Cool baths or showers can also help ease pain.
  • After bathing, gently pat yourself dry while leaving a bit of moisture on the skin. Apply a moisturizer to damp skin.
  • Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy.
  • Avoid lotions with petroleum, benzocaine or lidocaine.
  • Take ibuprofen to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Drink extra water to prevent dehydration.
  • Do not touch or pop blisters, which could lead to infection.
  • If you feel sick, you may need to see a doctor.
  • Limit exposure to the sun.

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