How to Treat a Sunburn – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

[Music plays] Sunburn is caused by overexposure to the sun, a sunlamp, or overexposure to radioactivity
– although this is extremely rare. We can avoid overexposure by covering the
skin with clothing and wearing sun cream. If you think somebody may have been sunburnt,
there are three things to look for, reddening of the skin, pain in the area that’s been
burnt, and blisters. Encourage them to take sips of cold water,
cool the area down by sponging them with cool water, or soak the sore skin in a bath or
shower for no longer than ten minutes. You can repeat this if it helps ease the pain.
If the burn doesn’t blister, then the sunburn is mild and you can treat with calamine lotion
or aftersun to soothe the sore skin. If there are blisters or other skin damage
then the burn is severe and they will need to see a doctor.
You will also need to look out for symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion as these
can be life threatening. Remember, cover the skin, take sips of cold
water, cool the skin, if there’s no blistering then use calamine lotion or aftersun. If there is blistering, seek medical advice. And that’s how we treat somebody who’s
suffering from sunburn. [Music plays]


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