5. Apply a Moisturizer
After you’ve taken a cool bath or shower, gently pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizer. This will help to hydrate your skin and prevent further irritation. Choose a moisturizer that is fragrance-free and contains ingredients like aloe vera or glycerin, which can help to soothe the skin.
6. Wear Loose, Breathable Shoes
Tight shoes can irritate sunburned skin, so it’s important to wear shoes that are loose and breathable. This will help to reduce friction and allow your skin to heal. The best shoes to wear are sandals or open-toed shoes that don’t rub directly against the sunburned skin.
7. Avoid the Sun
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s worth repeating. When your skin is sunburned, it’s important to avoid further exposure to the sun. This will help to prevent the sunburn from getting worse and will give your skin a chance to heal.
8. Drink Plenty of Fluids
It’s important to stay hydrated when you have a sunburn. This will help to prevent dehydration and will also help your skin to heal. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, which can dehydrate the skin.
9. Protect Your Skin From the Sun in the Future
The best way to avoid a sunburn is to protect your skin from the sun in the first place. This means wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding the sun during the peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm. Putting sunscreen on a sunburn will also help protect it from further sun damage.
10. What to Do With A Severe Sunburn
If you have a severe sunburn, it’s important to see a doctor. Signs of severe sunburn include blistering, swelling, and fever. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away. If you get a sunburn blister, don’t pop it. Apply a bandage over the blister with an antibacterial ointment like Neosporin and it should heal on its own. If a blister pops without warning, just make sure to keep the area clean with soap and water, apply antibacterial ointment, and put a bandage over it.
If your sunburned skin starts to itch, try to avoid scratching which can create scars and lead to infection. Instead, apply a hydrocortisone cream which should help relieve the itchiness.
If you have neuropathy, make sure to keep an eye on any open blisters, cuts, or wounds, and get treatment immediately if an infection starts.
Need Help With Your Sunburned Feet?
If you find yourself with a sunburned toe (or two), don’t despair! If you need help in treating your sunburn, give our office a call at (916) 961-3434, or contact us online. With a little TLC, your sunburned toes will be feeling better in no time.