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We try to avoid it but it can happen to the best of us. Even if we take the necessary precautions, sometimes the sun wins and we get sunburned. While it takes a few days for sunburn to run its course, there are some home remedies that can help soothe and manage our pain while we recover.
Luzheng “Lisa” Liu, MD, Dermatology at NorthShore, shares what you can do at home to manage pain and discomfort from minor sunburns:
Not all sunburns can be treated at home. If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Liu recommends that you call your primary care physician, visit an immediate care or emergency department:
To avoid sunburn, apply sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that is SPF 30 or above every 60-120 minutes. Try to avoid the sun between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as the rays are most intense then.