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From time to time -- whether from fatigue,
stress, illiness, or aging, our body uses
to pain to signal us that it is having probems.
The four elements of our Body Care
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Sunburn, the painful reddening of the skin
(and if severe, blistering), comes from exposure
to more ultraviolet rays than the skin can
endure. In addition to any immediate problems,
sunburn can lead to increased chances of
skin cancer later in life.
Prevention is the best cure -- use light
clothing, hats, etc., as well as sunscreen
or sunblock to prevent overexposure. Also,
a good sun tan can increase your resistance to sunburn.
Treatment depends on the severity. Severe
sunburn, like any other kind of burn, should
be treated by a medical professional. Milder
cases can be treated with lotions, particularly
those containing aloe and/or hydrocortisone,
and aspirin to relieve the swelling and soreness.
Cool (not cold) water can also provide some
immediate relief, but be careful not to dry
out the skin, which can cause more damage
and pain. Do NOT, under any circumstances,
apply any oil based substance (butter, petroleum
gel, etc.), as you want the injured area
to be able to 'breathe.'