Sunburned and in pain

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Monday, July 28, 2014

DEAR Dr. Fritz,

Before anything else, I’d like to thank you for all the wonderful wisdom you’ve shared to us, your readers for all these years. I am writing you because of my sunburn which I got yesterday after playing volleyball with my boys. I am really in pain and it is even itchy. It got mostly on my face. I hope you can tell me what to do. Please help.

To the best always, doc. More power!


JC of Salvacion


Dear JC of Salvacion,

Thank you for those warm words.

I know how hard and painful sunburn is. You might even look some fried prawn moving around…hehe…joke, joke, joke. Anyway, here are some tips which can help you with your situation.

1. Place a cool compress on your sunburned skin. You can apply some ice packs.

2. Take a cool bath. You can also add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath. Or you can soak yourself in an oatmeal bath. This is especially good for itchy sunburned skin just like you do.

3. Use lotions that has aloe vera which soothes the skin and if possible combine with lidocaine, which is a topical anesthetic which can help ease out sunburn pain.

4. Apply topical over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream. This can help allay sunburn pain, itch, and swelling. This could be good for you.

5. Over-the-counter pain relievers like Mefenamic acid, Ibuprofen or Naproxen sodium can help your pains.

6. You can spread some cool milk with a clean cloth to your skin. Or you can also use some liquid antacid to help you ease your sunburn pains.

7. Take Vitamin E, to help you combat inflammation. You can also use vitamin C to promote healing a lot faster. You can also apply some vitamin E oil to your sunburned skin.

8. Apply a used black tea bag to your sunburned skin after it has cooled using a clean cloth.

9. Use some cucumbers. They are natural antioxidant and analgesic. Chill them and mash them in a blender. When you do have a paste apply them to your sunburned skin especially your face.

10. Of course, PREVENTION is worth a pound of cure. Don’t forget to use sunblock always if you are out there. Better yet, wear a hat, some dark long-sleeved shirt and if possible shy away from the sun.
Good luck!


(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to Sorry that we cannot answer all your queries.Thank you for your understanding.)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 29, 2014.


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