HOW TO TREAT AGONIZING SUNBURNS
Despite our best efforts to prevent sunburn, somehow, after a great time outdoors or on our patios, that “red” seems to creep up on us. So just what are the safest and best ways to treat burned and painful skin?
* Apply honey or ground up, white potatoes and pile on 1 inch high, followed by loosely positioned plastic wrap around the wound. It should also be wrapped over honey to prevent dripping and flies. Re-apply new potatoes when the first application gets hot. Also, don't totally wrap an arm, finger, leg or torso for over 10 minutes. The idea is to just cover the burn, not the healthy skin. Wrapping around the total circumference of a limb can be dangerous.
* After the burn does not hurt anymore, it is time to apply a moisturizing cream, aloe or olive oil often, preventing skin from peeling, which is very itchy.
* Wear loose cotton clothing for comfort and drink a lot of water, preventing dehydration.
Beware! Sunburns happen even on a hazy day. A few years ago, a seminary girl called the CMBF after she suffered for a whole week in bed with sunburned, purple legs. Thinking there was safety from harmful rays, she was shocked to discover that hazy days are no safeguard from painful sunburns. Always exercise caution.
✓ Before your next outing:
* Check that your sunscreen hasn’t expired.
* Take plenty of water, protective clothing, hat and sunglasses
* Apply “safe” sunscreen 1/2 hr. before you go into the sun.
* Re-apply safe sunscreen every two hours while swimming or
* Try to plan your sun adventures in the early or late parts of the day, when the sun's rays are weaker.
* Be aware that there is an increased impact of reflected water
on the skin.
Healthcare specialists’ advice about the safety of applying popular “safe”sunscreens are quite diverse. Many doctors and medical groups state firmly that no sunscreen chemicals absorbed into our blood can potentially cause cancer but other sources dispute that.
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, a certified dr. of natural medicine and chiropractic as well as a clinical nutritionist, shares on his website that all sunscreens are not created equally. In a 2018 report from Environmental Working Group (EWG), they found that nearly 67% of sunscreens didn’t work, provide adequate sun protection and contained harmful ingredients.
The report also found that sunscreens sold in the U.S. could not be sold in Europe due to inadequate protection against UVA rays. Despite strong evidence that sunscreens do not prevent skin cancer, many manufacturers use suggestive language that implies their product does indeed prevent it.
So how should we protect ourselves in the sun? Dr. Axe lists safe sunscreen selections here: https://draxe.com/best-sunscreens/
Decide for yourself whether to use “safe” sunscreens, over the counter sunscreens, or no sunscreen at all-limiting your time in the sun, building up slowly to soak in natural vitamin D.
Many people on vacation, young and old alike, want to be in the sun day after day. Don't spoil it with a bad sunburn. Carry plastic wrap, honey and potatoes as a preventative measure.
Have a safe, fun time in the sun and please make a donation to help us advance!
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute
for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.