Thursday, April 24, 2014



You fell asleep on the beach and now you are paying the price. You can’t stand clothing touching your skin and you feel nauseated. You look like a lobster. Soon your nose is going to peel and you are going to look terrible.

Sunburn affecting the lower legs is especially uncomfortable and often slow to resolve. Fever, chills, weakness and sometimes shock may appear if a large portion of the body surface is affected.

Chronic exposure to sunlight has an aging effect on the skin. Wrinkling and yellow discoloration with small yellow nodules are the most troubling consequences.

Precancerous lesions are the consequence of frequent overexposure. Blonds and redheads are particularly susceptible. Squamous and basal cell carcinoma is directly related to the amount of yearly sunlight exposure.

  • Don’t wait. Take some aspirin or paracetamol right away, it will help relieve the pain, itching and swelling of mind to moderate sunburn.
  • Cold tap water compresses aid in relieving the sunburn.
  • Mix 1 cupful of skimmed milk with 4 cupfuls of water and add some ice- cubes. Apply compression dipped in this mixture: the milk protein is very soothing.
  • Oatmeal compresses also soothe the skin.
  • Witch – hazel compresses work will also.
  • A cool bath with 1 cupful of white vinegar added is good for larger area.