Painkillers

The science: A simple analgesic painkiller such as paracetamol or aspirin can assist with the pain element of sunburn, says Dr Kosterich. These provide temporary relief by reducing the flow of pain signals from the brain. Dr Kosterich recommends using these in conjunction with sunburn soothing creams and a cold compress on affected areas.

The catch: The relief is only temporary and does not in any way heal the sunburn-affected skin.

Hay fever sufferers may have a new treatment solution on their hands. A 2014 clinical study from Aarhus University tested a new nasal filter the size of a contact lens. The filter, which is not yet in production, is inserted into both nostrils and blocks specific particles in the air – including pollen, which is the main trigger for hay fever allergies.

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