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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Green
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Number one best : Treatment is avoidance. Other than that keep it moisturized and treat the pain.... If blisters develop... Or pain can not be controlled then see you... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Can be: Certainly good at soothing the burning pain from sunburn.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifung... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dermatology 19 years experience
Aloe and aspirin: As long as you can take aspirin, it is the best acute pain reliever for sunburn, along with a soothing gel like aloe vera. Sometimes your treatment ma... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
You can't.: Sunburn will go away when it wants to go away, and typically it takes its sweet time. Sit in a cool bathtub or apply cool wet dressings, and use a goo... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes and no: A sunburn can open the skin barrier to surface germs that can enter the oozing open wound and cause cellulitis or impetigo. Keeping the burn clean and... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Sunburn: So many treatments. Use pain relievers, cool showers, cold compresses, aloe vera, drink plenty of water, wear loose fitting cotton clothing.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Burn: Apply aloe or moisturizing cream to the affected skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin. Beware of sunburn treatment ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
First: take an anti-: Inflammatory agents. For Ibuprofen the dose is 10 mg/kg/dose taken after meals every 8 hrs. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an anti-inflammatory drug a... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Not really: Cool compresses; aloe vera gel (avoid the ones with Benzocaine as they can cause allergic skin reaction); topical otc steroid cream for more painful b... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Aloe Vera: Hydrate well, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or tylenol (acetaminophen) with topical application of aloe vera.

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