Last month on our blog we talked about sunscreen and sunburn prevention. If you are travelling to or from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, chances are you will encounter some sun. Perhaps even more so if you are travelling someplace warmer and sunnier . . . like if you are going on a cruise. Long term parking is a handy way to start out your trip, but to stay comfortable—and pain-free—during your trip, chances are you are going to need sunblock. But what do you do if you don’t apply enough or forget it all together?
If you are travelling with a sunburn what can you do to make yourself as comfortable as possible? Below are some tips for treating sunburns. We’ve included a variety of sunburn soothers because travelling does not always mean you have a topical anesthetic with aloe vera handy.
Remove yourself from the sun as soon as the sunburn is noticeable. The skin will continue to worsen for the next 24 hours, so it is important to avoid further contact after the first onset is noticed.
Cover skin with loose cotton clothes and the head with a hat if unable to avoid further sun exposure.
If possible, take a cool bath. Adding baking soda or colloidal oatmeal (finely ground oats) will alleviate some of the sting. Showers can be painful because the spray of water might be too much, but for those who do not have a bathtub available, a shower still might cool the heat of the burn.
Do not use ice since this can cause additional skin damage like frostbite.
Apply a cool compress. When baths and showers are not possible, applying wet clothes, cloths or towels can create a cooling sensation.
Get plenty of fluids. Sunburns cause dehydration and the symptoms that may accompany it: fatigue, headache and nausea.
Find a cool, shady and quiet place to rest to stave off fatigue induced by dehydration.
Try over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin to reduce pain—and the potential headache caused by dehydration.
Use talcum powder or calamine lotion to alleviate the sting of heat.
Apply aloe vera or a moisturizer with aloe vera after the sunburn has cooled. The medicinal plant reduces swelling and pain. Make sure the lotion has a high percent of aloe vera to be effective.
Find a lotion that also contains topical anesthetics.
Use prickly pear cactus for soothing effects. Often you can find this in a grocery store.
To mitigate the drying of the skin, apply plain yogurt on the burn for 20 minutes.
Spray witch hazel on the skin.
If lotions or talcum aren’t options, mix 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle. Don’t rub or wipe as friction will make it worse. Blot on face. Many sources suggest apple cider vinegar is the best, while others state any vinegar is fine.
Use cool, wet teabags over sensitive areas like eyelids.
Blisters that will be irritated by clothing should be covered by loose, gauze bandages. It is important to not use creams on blisters.
Stay out of the sun for several days and wear protective coverings.
Know when to visit the doctor. If blisters, pain or dehydration symptoms are severe, a doctor may proscribe topical treatments or pain medications. Extreme dehydration may require an IV.
Use long term parking and our convenient shuttle to the airport rather than parking at the airport. If you are departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, consider FLL Park Safe. And don’t forget the sunblock!