Sunburned skin should be washed using mild soap and water, Loqman said.
“Mild to moderate sunburn is a self-limiting condition that usually resolves in a few days. There are no specific therapies to reverse the skin damage and hasten the healing time,” observes Gary Zaid, medical director for emergency medicine and hospitalist medicine for Froedtert South hospitals in Kenosha County.
Management involves the symptomatic treatment of skin inflammation and control of pain whereas severe sunburn requires more intense care.
“Patients with extensive blistering sunburn, severe pain, and systemic symptoms (fever, headache, vomiting, dehydration) may require hospitalization for fluid replacement and parenteral analgesia,” Zaid said.
“If skin is blistering, that’s pretty severe, and I would like to see patients to assess how deep the burn is,” Loqman said.
“Burns from sparklers and fireworks also need medical attention,” she added.
For real-time advice during the Fourth of July weekend, Alocane, the makers products offering relief and healing for minor burns of all types, is debuting its Ask Alocane Burn Hotline and on-line chatline. (See box).
According to company information, registered nurses manning the hotline over the July 4th holiday weekend are prepared to offer advice about how to treat sunburns and burns from outdoor cooking, grilling, firepits and sparklers.