(HealthDay News) -- Feeling like you're getting a sunburn? Get out of the sun quickly and begin treating your skin, the American Academy of Dermatology advises.
The burn eventually will heal, but getting a burn because you forgot to apply sunscreen or simply stayed under the sun's rays too long increases your chances of developing skin cancer.
The academy offers these sunburn treatment suggestions:
Put a cold, damp towel on affected skin for at least 10 minutes a few times every day. Cool baths or showers can also help ease pain.
After bathing, gently pat yourself dry while leaving a bit of moisture on the skin. Apply a moisturizer to damp skin.
Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy.
Avoid lotions with petroleum, benzocaine or lidocaine.
Take ibuprofen to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Drink extra water to prevent dehydration.
Do not touch or pop blisters, which could lead to infection.
If you feel sick, you may need to see a doctor.
Limit exposure to the sun.
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