I took the boys to a parade today slathered them with SPF 50
and let my 3yr old put it on me...but apparently we forgot my left arm and half of my forehead. After sitting in the sun for 2 and a half hours in my virgin skin I have a lovely bumpy possibly blitering burn on my arm, my hair part and half of my forehead. I've been putting aloe on it but it only stops the burn for 15 min or so then I'm miserable again. I'm trying to remember if you're not supposed to take Tylenol, or Asprin when you have a burn. I don't know. I thought about going and getting some Apple cider vinegar because that's what we used when I was a kid and got burned like this at Disney...but I don't remember if it worked or not. any suggestions?
Vinegar works very well. It stings for a moment when you first put it on... and then the relief is amazing. It also helps the burned skin retain moisture and heal faster. I would soak a paper towel in vinegar and stick it to the burned area.
The asprin/tylenol thing I never heard.
honey also neutralises the burn for a while but that vinager thing sounds longer lasting and less sticky. i do know that you shoud never put ice on a burn cuz it can do more damage to the nerves ( basicaly, freezerburn/frostbite)
do you have a nurseline in your area that you can call about tylenol/asprin? that seems like a worthy question...
Oh.. and don't feel bad. Everytime I have gotten sunburned in the past few years I have had several kids with me... all of whom were properly sunscreened and did not get burned. Somewhere in there I manage to miss a spot on me or get more sun than I thought I was. But I did a good job on the kids! That's what I console myself with.
as an expert in getting sunburn,...I can tell you what my mom did and what I do till this day..(note: redhead with freckles..I am almost always burned in the summer no matter what I do) first drink a full glass of water with 2 tylenol...and then mix up a BIG bowl of vinegar and a lil water and ice cubes..then take several washclothes and soak them in the cold vinegar mixture and place over affected area....until they are warm to touch...then repeat..we would do this for about 45 mins..then slather on a bunch or aloe..preferably cooled in the fridge...and make yourself comfy... repeat every few hours as needed and drink plenty of fluids.happy healthing..
Believe it or not, Diaper rash ointment will keep the burned skin from further drying out. So after the vinegar routine, a good thick layer of diaper rash ointment (mom always used Desitin, Vit A/D would work, i'm sure Burts Bee's would work....)
Natural yoghurt works too - if you don't mind the slightly cheesy factor - I used to put in on my poor burned scalp all of the time. Basically, anything acidic seems to do the trick; but if you are feeling sick you may have heatstroke as well, so def. drink lots of water and NO MORE SUN!!!! (until you feel all better, that is