Everybody enjoys a good summer vacation with their family and friends. To step out of their hectic lives, to take a break, and go to beaches. While you make yourself comfortable and carefree throughout the time spent on the beach, there is always a bummer that hits you. This bummer comes in the form of severe sunburns that later give way to sunburn blisters. Now let’s dig deeper into it.
What are sunburn blisters?
Sunburn blisters appear on the skin after sunburn has taken place. These look tiny and are raised as they are filled with either clear liquid or air. These are caused when a body is exposed to the Sun for many hours. The UV rays from the Sun highly affect the top layer of our skin, making it look red. The light-skinned people are more prone to get more sunburned as compared to the dark-skinned ones.
The more severe the sunburns are, the more chances you carry to get blisters out of it. The blisters, if not filled with air, may be filled with some fluid. The fluid can be a clear one, which protects the skin from getting damaged any further. It can also be filled with pus or even blood, in case of highly inflamed skin.
Symptoms of sunburn blisters
Sunburn blister’s symptoms are many that occur according to the amount of damage done by the sun.
The blisters in appearance are small, filled with fluid or air, and appear on the red sunburned skin. When touched, these give a painful feeling and can be itchy too. They start losing their power after 36 to 48 hours. Within that period, they might give you other complications, such as – vomiting, nausea, fever as well as a vast spread-out of blisters. If you are suffering from any one or more from this list, it might be sun poisoning and in that case, consulting from an expert is necessary.
Poking the blisters or trying to remove them with some tool is a big no. These can do more damage and because of the infection, these can leave their dark marks on the skin as well.
How to treat sun blisters?
Taking frequent cold showers can help with pain from the blisters. Blisters are really painful, even if you are not touching or poking them, their presence is enough to give that terrible feeling. Here, cold showers come to the rescue. You can choose to bathe your whole body or just wet just the areas with the blisters.
This will give you a great deal of pleasure. The reason behind this solution is that cold water tends to numb our senses, preventing our skin from feeling any sort of sensations. Thus, giving us relief for a short period.
Applying moisturizer hydrates the skin and reduces the pain from the blisters. Though it will be difficult to apply moisturizer on the bumps, try applying it with soft fingers and avoid pressing too hard. You can also go for a moisturizer in the form of a spray.
The use of hydrocortisone cream is recommended as it won’t create any side effects such as irritation or other allergic reactions. You can also go for any other moisturizer which contains ingredients such as aloe vera and soy, which contains anti-inflammatory substances. Avoid using moisturizers with a long ingredient list as they contain chemicals and preservatives, which are not advised for treating blisters.
Using medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen helps to relieve pain, not only in conditions such as sunburn blisters but also during headache, dental pain, arthritis, or menstrual cramps.
Aspirin contains a substance called salicylate, which is found in plants, acts as a remedy for this type of pain. When the intake is higher, it lowers the inflammation from the blisters. Ibuprofen, on the other hand, works by blocking the production of natural substances that causes pain. It lowers redness, swelling, and inflammation too.
The dosage of these medications varies according to the age of the patient, so, in this matter, a Doctor’s consultation is required.
Though drinking water has no hand in lowering the pain or blisters itself but can be good for your body. As we read earlier, blisters are filled with fluid. These fluids are made from water extracted from your body, making your body dehydrated. So, to fulfil that gap of dehydration, drinking a sufficient amount of water is recommended.
Keep them covered
To stop this thing from getting even worse, make sure you don’t expose your blisters. Blisters are sensitive bumps which when exposed to the environment allows them to inhale and get intact with germs, which could cause damage.
The treatments suggested above are easy to follow that will also work wonders in healing the blisters. But if you feel that it is not working for you, you should consult a doctor. Sometimes, blisters can be more severe than we think they are and need more treatments than the above.
How to prevent them?
- Apply sunscreen
Sunscreens provide an excellent blockage from UV radiations. One should never step out under the sun without wearing sunscreen. For instance, if you were going to spend half an hour out under the sun, opt for an SPF 15.
One thing you should definitely take note of is that the SPF number doesn’t matter. If you are going to spend a few hours under the sun, make it a point to apply sunscreen continuously in intervals. Following this process will protect you from getting sunburned.
- Avoiding the radiations
Sun rays are most violent from 10 am to 4 pm. Try and avoid stepping out under the UV radiation in these hours.
- Drink fluids
Drinking plenty of water doesn’t entirely protect you from getting sunburn blisters but can certainly cut down its effects to some extent. Keep yourself hydrated while spending time under the sun as a dehydrated body has more chances to get severe sunburns.
The bottom line
Getting sunburn blisters once or twice in a lifetime is fine, but getting them more frequently can increase the chances of chronic skin diseases such as skin cancer and psoriasis. The solution for avoiding these kinds of situations- to be alert all the time, to find a balance between having fun and protecting yourself from any damage.