Sunburn Advice - NHS Choices
What to do if you're sunburnt
If you or your child has sunburn, you should get out of the sun as soon as possible – head indoors or into a shady area.
You can usually treat mild sunburn at home, although there are some circumstances where you should get medical advice.
The following advice may help relieve your symptoms until your skin heals:
Cool the skin by having a cold bath or shower, sponging it with cold water, or holding a cold flannel to it.
Use lotions containing aloe vera to soothe and moisturise your skin.
Applying over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream for a few days may help reduce the inflammation.
Drink plenty of fluids to cool you down and prevent dehydration.
Take painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, to relieve any pain (but don't give aspirin to children under 16).
Try to avoid all sunlight, including through windows, by covering up the affected areas of skin until it's fully healed.
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