Month: December 2019

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How to Treat a Painful Sunburn

Ahh, Summer. Time to break out the bikinis and sunscreen (hopefully y’all are remembering to slather that stuff on- at least 2 shot glass-full amounts all over the body, paying special attention to the face, particularly the nose and ears) and soak up some SUN. Time for picnics, water sports, hiking, and lounging by the pool, enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

UH OH! Unbeknownst to you, you’ve acquired a nasty burn out of nowhere all over your shoulders and neck (it only takes about a half hour of sun exposure for fair-skinned people to get a lobster burn) and now it hurts like HELL and you don’t know what to do about it.

To ease the pain of a sunburn and go about your day the best thing to do it to draw the heat out of the burn. Milk works on the skin the same way it works in the mouth (remember the last jalapeno you scarfed and caught your mouth on fire? Milk was your best friend then…) If you soak a cloth in cool milk and apply it as a compress to the scorching parts on your body, it will help draw out the heat and subside the burning pain.

Keep abrasive clothing off the burn site. This just irritates the skin and traps more of that heat in, making the burn even worse.

DO NOT apply lotion to the burn- lotion has oil in it, even sunscreen, and it will act as a nice cover to just set that burn deep into the skin and make the pain even worse. If applying anything, ice-cold aloe vera (the purest form, the better) will be your best friend in easing your burn. When being outdoors for long periods of time, keep a bottle of aloe vera handy (right next to the sunscreen you wish you had put on)- better yet, keep the aloe vera cold in the ice box or keep it in the fridge so when you DO have to apply it you get that nice AHH coolness.

Once you’ve tempered down the burn, APPLY sunscreen …

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How to Prevent Painful Blisters on Your Feet

Blisters on your feet are most often caused by wearing shoes that rub- or cause constant friction- on your skin. They can also be caused by wearing socks that have holes in them, or that have been darned. To avoid this uncomfortable problem, use these 7 ways how to prevent painful blisters on your feet!

1. Buy Shoes That Fit Properly 
When you shop for new shoes, take your time and make sure the styles you choose fit your feet properly. Don’t put just one of the shoes on, try them both on. Then, feel the area of the shoes above your toes to ensure they’re not too tight. Press your thumb down on the end of the shoes. There should be a thumb’s width of room between your big toes and the end of the shoes. Also, check the sides along the widest part of your foot, as well as the heels, to make sure they don’t rub your feet. Finally, walk around the shoes store for several minutes to get a feeling for how the new shoes fit your feet.

2. Break-in New Shoes By Wearing Them Around the House 
Since new shoes are a common cause of painful blisters on your feet, you should break them in before you start wearing them on a daily basis. An easy way to do this is to wear new shoes around the house for a couple of hours every day at first. After a few weeks, the shoes will be more flexible, and, more comfortable for your feet.

3. Use Petroleum Jelly to Reduce Friction 
Whether you’re going to wear a pair of new shoes for the first time, or, you’re planning on walking or running a lot, you can use petroleum jelly to prevent blisters on your feet. Before you put your socks on, apply some petroleum jelly to any places where the shoes may rub the skin on your feet. Then, put your shoes on and you’re ready to go!

4. Place Insoles Inside Your Shoes to Cushion Your Feet 
An effective way how to prevent painful blisters …

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