Skin Health
Sun and Light Skintelligence: Burn First Aid
Burn First Aid
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Burn First Aid

I’m a lobster! forgot to reapply and am badly burnt! What do I do? ?

  1. Immediately, take two aspirins (or if you’re allergic, ibuprofen or an anti- inflammatory that your doctor recommends) and repeat after four hours.
  2. Oral steroids may be needed, too; check with your doctor.
  3. If you tend to develop hyperpigmentations, ask your doctor about taking an antihistamine, too, as it can help prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
  4. Stay in a darkened room away from windows and with the lights turned down (even indoor lights can cause a photoreaction).
  5. Drink lots of water.
  6. Repetitively apply a soothing, reparative pure oil (sans all additives) like Know-It-Oil organic virgin coconut oil — it’s particularly soothing as a cold compress. Using The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm can be very soothing, too, and can help lessen peeling.
  7. If the burn is painful, apply Red Better Flare-Up Balm after the cold-compresses to reduce redness and pain.
  8. If there is swelling, keep the oil and Boo-Boo Balm in the refrigerator and use as cooling butter on the skin.
  9. For severe cases, an ice bath may be indicated as well (check with your doctor first as ice baths can be dangerous for some people).
  10. If the skin is blistering, see your dermatologist immediately or go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care facility.