Fastest Way to Relieve a Sunburn


( – Suffering from a sunburn is unpleasant at best and life-threatening at worst. In a survival situation, the effects of severe sunburn can make even the most menial tasks more difficult or even downright impossible. Once sunburnt, knowing how to quickly relieve the pain — and heal the wound — can be a lifesaver.

Relieve the Pain

The fastest way to relieve the pain from sunburns is to apply cold to the affected area. This can be done through a cool bath, shower, or a damp cloth. Cold triggers the receptors in the brain more quickly than pain, which will provide some relief. It won’t actually stop the pain but rather trick the brain into thinking it is gone.

Heal the Burn

The first step toward healing a sunburn is to get out of the sun to avoid additional damage. After the area has been cooled, apply after-sun lotion, spray, or aloe vera gel directly to the affected area to speed up the healing process. Aloe vera is especially effective at healing sunburns, as it both moisturizes and soothes the skin.

While the sunburn heals, it is important to consume plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Also, keep the burns covered and out of sunlight as much as possible.

While most sunburns tend to be nothing more than an irritation, severe sunburns can be truly dangerous. To see why sunburns can be life-threatening and lead to even more severe conditions, take a look at our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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