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Are there alternative treatments for sunburns?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Minor sunburns may be helped with home remedies or alternative treatments. For instance, you could try soaking a washcloth in cold skim milk and then placing it on the affected area. The milk will create a protective coating of protein on the skin. A coldwater bath with an added half cup of oatmeal, baking soda, or corn starch might also help to temporarily relieve the sting in your skin due to a sunburn.

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