Relief from summer sunburn

5:05 PM, Jul 4, 2011   |    comments
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(NBC) -- Sunburns are the norm during these long, hot, summer days. A Texas dermatologist has some tips for finding relief from the pain.

Heather Schoppelrei knows the dangers of spending too much time in the sun.

"Burning is awful," she said. "I hate sunburns -- it hurts."

But -- even with regular sunblock application, Heather's fair skin is susceptible to burns.

"I always get burned three, four times in the whole entire summer," she said.

Dermatologist Mark Theberg sees patients like heather all too often in the summer.

"They don't just look bad, they hurt, but they can realistically double your risk of melanoma in a lifetime so you should take them seriously," Theberg said.

There are lots of myths out there about how you should take care of sunburns, but the doctor wants you to know the facts -- starting with how to cool one off.

"Just cold compresses maybe a wash cloth under some ice cold water," Theberg said.

You can also use half milk half water. Then, there's the tried and true method.

"My favorite is taking clear aloe vera gel, putting that in the refrigerator and you can put that on three to four times a day, it's very soothing," he said.

The doctor also suggests aspirin or ibuprofen to help calm the pain. Of course, the best thing to do is avoid burns all together -- and Heather has a plan for that.

"Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock," she said.

 

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