The sun can be just as dangerous as hot coffee
A sunburn is a burn caused by UVB rays. If it’s red and slightly painful, then it’s a first-degree burn. If it also has blisters, then it’s a second-degree burn. Yet another reason why you should use sunscreen.
Why does my skin turn red after a minor burn or sunburn?
Minor burns and sunburns are a part of everyday life—who hasn’t accidentally spilt hot coffee or stayed out in the sun too long? Today there are easy steps you can take to soothe the redness, pain, and irritation of minor burns.
Ouch, that hurts !
When we think of a burn, we typically think of a fire, hot object, or scalding liquid. In medical terms, a burn is a skin lesion caused by contact with a hot, corrosive, or extremely cold object or substance or an electrical current. There are different severities or “degrees” of burns depending on the kind, size, and depth of the lesion.
Why is my skin red ?
When the skin is burned, your body responds immediately by increasing blood flow to the area. This makes the skin look red and feel warm to the touch. Your body also releases histamine, which triggers the inflammatory response behind the pain and warmth.
What should I do if I’ve been burned ?
Act quickly! Place the burned area under cold water for at least 10?15 minutes. Then :
– If you have a minor burn : Disinfect the area and dry it by dabbing gently with a towel. Then apply a soothing, healing balm and cover with a gauze bandage.
– If you have a sunburn : Apply an aloe vera-based lotion to the burned area to ease the inflammation—and stay out of the sun until it’s completely healed!
Beware of greasy creams
Many burn ointments have a greasy consistency. Don’t put them on your sunburn before going outdoors, unless you want to get “fried”!