Treating Sunburn Blisters
Top 5 Ways of Treating Sunburn Blisters
It is imperative that you take a pro-active approach to treating sunburn blisters because a sun burn that has blistered is indicative of a severe degree of burn. There are times when we are out in the sun and despite taking some precautions we suffer sun burn. So, we suffer through the pain and minor discomfort and wait for the skin the recover. In the case of a minor sun burn this passive approach is okay. However, if you are dealing with blister from your skin’s damage, it is time to take some important steps.
At the point of a skin blister, you should remember that treating sunburn blisters is no different than treating a blister from a fire exposed blister. The enormity of the damage to the skin tissue and the dangers of an infection stare us in the face of a fire but we sometimes minimize these realities when the burn happens from over-exposure to the sun. Given that fear of infection is a real concern, keep your injured area clean. Do not attempt to break the blister by poking it or peeling back the skin. The process has to take its natural course and efforts to speed up the healing can lead to greater problems.
Depending on the extent of the blisters, you may want to consult a medical professional and a dermatologist. A professional assessment may be valuable in determining the extent of the burn. This is particularly important if you have wide-spread burns and resultant blisters.
There is the possibility that the extent of your blister is smaller in scale. If you have a blister in one or two spots and decide to wait and see if you need medical attention, there are a few things you should do while treating sunburn blisters:
You should not itch or scratch the area as this will almost definitely lead to infection. To prevent accidental contact in the area, you can keep it covered lightly with loose fitting cotton clothes or a light linen sheet. This will allow the skin to breathe while reducing your temptation to itch around the blister.
You should spray the area with a first-aid spray. This will serve as a protective shield against germs that may otherwise easily attack the exposed skin. A spray such as Solarcaine or one with similar composition will help alleviate the itching and burning of the blistered skin.
Once the skin becomes exposed naturally, as the blister progresses, you should continue the regimen of keeping the area clean and apply antibacterial ointments to reduce the chances of infection.
If you are cleaning with soap and water, be gentle when patting the area dry and always use clean towels. A vigorous rubbing of the newly exposed skin can cause damage and pain.
Sometimes there is severe pain when you are coping with sunburn blisters and you can take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and antihistamine which are known to be pain-killers.
The key thing to remember in dealing with blisters resulting from sunburn is to maintain cleanliness and to avoid infection. It is also important to be patient and wait for the body to heal at its natural pace. Blistering is a natural step in the skin’s return to normalcy. Skin tissue damage is no less serious than other wounds where there is a break in the skin and so it is not going to heal overnight. The good news is that there is no need to worry about long-term complications as long as you prevent any infection from setting in and the tough news is that there is no miracle drug for immediate relief while treating sunburn blisters.