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Treating Sunburns!
So, you wanted a Killer Tan and now you can’t move? Let eCureMe, cure you of the pain - Naturally.

July 10th, 2005

By Stal Herz

Even though eCureMe let you know a few months ago the dangers of running outside and sticking your faces and naked bodies in the sun, we have seen the usual summer time increase of severe sun burns and poisonings. Since vanity usually wins out over sensibility, the hunt for a tan has left many out there feeling rather glum about their weekend tanning binges.

For those who sit pool side in Palm Springs and spray on the Tropicana until they turn into an Arizona Lobster, we are here for you. We feel or at least, have at one point, felt your pain.

Here comes the healing.

Immediately rushing to the emergency room before trying some type of home remedy might just drain your pockets. All you may really need to is replenish your Electrolytes.

These are salts contained in your blood, plasma and fluids that flow between your cells. They are ions in nature and contain either a positive or negative charge - which helps to foster energy and resistance throughout your body.

Sports drinks like Gatoraid and Poweraid carry small doses of Electrolytes or at least synthetic chemicals that act in the same way. However, the sugar in these items can cause further irritation to an already upset stomach. When you sweat, you will notice that the perspiration that comes out is always a little salty. These are the Electrolytes coming out of your body. If they are not replenished, cases of nausea and vomiting may ensue

To prevent this from happening and keeping your burn only on the surface level, products for children such as Pedialyteare purer forms of replenishment - without the sugars and preservatives. Sometimes in dealing with over the counter home remedies, it is safe to go with products designed for children because they are less likely to contain harmful chemicals.

Sodium and Potassium are key components that are lost when experiencing severe sun poisoning. Taking a cool bath in Baking soda and a little bit of salt is extremely replenishing. Bananas are an outstanding source of Potassium, so eating a Banana or two with a bowl of chicken noodle soup with some fresh carrots will handle the basic needs for digestion and internal fluid replenishment.

If you can’t keep this down and continue to vomit, you need to seek medical attention immediately.

Now that you’ve taken care of your insides, you need to make sure that the skin does not become infected and that it itself is healed. Even though you may be burning, you’re going to have to go through a little bit more pain before the cooling can begin.

As stated earlier, a soak in a cool tub with some salt or baking soda will inject your skin with the proper amount of sodium needed to start to regenerate. After that, pick up a bottle of Apple Vinegar (You may have to go to an Organic Market to find this product) and mix half a glass of this with half a glass of water. Then rub it all over your burnt areas with a wet towel. If you want to have the maximum effect, try soaking the towel in tea and then in the apple vinegar. Baths work with this as well.

After you’ve finished with the Apple Vin, it’s time to apply some natural Aloe to the burn. This combination will not only sooth your skin, but it will turn the burn into a tan. Make sure that the Aloe you use is 100 percent natural. Additives and preservatives can worsen the burn.

If at night, you wake up with a burning pain and you need an immediate relief, try taking some plain yogurt (if you have someone there with you, you might consider Vanilla) and spread it while cool over the body. It is a natural healer and can ease pain just a quick as a shot of whiskey can.

After you’ve treated yourself, you need to keep out of the sun for at least two weeks. Heavy Sun Screen, hats and avoiding the sun are now essentials for you. Your skin is an organism that is now healing itself. Do not damage it further. All of these treatments should be kept up for at least five days. If you do this and, after a few hours there is not a marked improvement, you need to head to the emergency room. Your case may be severe and require additional treatment.

If you are going to tan, try to limit your exposure during the peak hours of sunlight, which are usually from around Noon to 3:00. If you must be out in these hours, be sure to cover yourself and keep away from the sun.

If not, you might truly come away with a killer tan!

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