5 Effective Home Remedies to Treat a Painful Sunburn

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Sunburns, also known as erythema, are burns caused from exposure to direct sunlight. In cases of severe burns, individuals may seek medical assistance. In fact, approximately 33,000 sunburns are treated at hospitals each year. 

Thankfully, most sunburns can be attended to at home and healed over the course of a few days to a week. While it's important to protect against sunburn by limiting your time in the sun and applying sunscreen properly, it's equally important to know how to treat the pain and redness that accompany sunburn. From aloe vera lotions to cool baths, here are a few at-home remedies that can soothe the dreaded sunburn pain.