5 Things You Need to Know about Sun Rash

Most Sun Rash Treatments Can Be Found Over the Counter

Unless your reaction is severe, you probably don't need a prescription treatment for it. The most common remedies for sun rashes include:

  • Cold compress
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen)
  • Gauze (to cover any blisters that may appear)

If these methods aren't helping, or if your symptoms are subsiding, you should consider having a doctor evaluate your rash. Other signs that you might need the assistance of a medical professional are pain, fever and a rash that spreads beyond the neck, chest, arms or thighs.

For severe cases of sun rash, prescription-strength antihistamines are recommended. A doctor might also suggest a procedure known as phototherapy to help your skin adjust better to sunlight.

For lots more information on protecting your skin from the sun, check out the next page.