The best way to deal with sunburns is to examine the injury and seek medical attention if it is severe, accompanied by fever or pain, infected or takes too long to heal, according to MayoClinic. Less serious sunburns may be treated at home with cold compress, medicated ointment or lotions and oral medications.
First aid treatment is essential for sunburn to keep the injury from getting worse or infected. A sunburn is often accompanied by mild fever and headache. The headache is often the result of dehydration and it can be addressed by rehydrating.
Frequent cool showers and wearing loose and cool clothing over the injury is advised to speed up the healing process. Using soothing lotions (preferably with 1 percent cortisone) may help reduce pain and swelling. Over-the-counter oral pain medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen may be taken to alleviate the pain.