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how can i treat my sunburn?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Sunburn treatment: Consult a doctor for sunburn treatment if: severe sunburn covers a large portion of your body with blisters sunburn is accompanied by a high fever or severe pain severe sunburn doesn't begin to improve within a few days.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sunburn help: I agree with dr. Fisher. Use cool compresses. Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and acetomenophen can be very helpful. Hydrate well and don't peel off any deep layers.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Apply aloe: Apply aloe vera to the burn, take an antiinflammatory, and "tincture of time".
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Remedy: I agree with dr. Kass. Apply cool compresses to reduce heat. Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce burn redness, pain, itching & swelling. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories & acetomenophen can be very helpful. Hydrate well & don't peel off any deep skin.
Dr. Greg Sexton
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Not much: Apply moisturizing lotions to keep it from drying, and this will help some. Aloe is considered helpful by some. If you have actual blistering, then this is a second degree burn, and should be treated with an antibiotic cream-neosporin- until it heals.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sunburn pain: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Apply cool compresses. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and acetomenophen can be very helpful. Hydrate well and don't peel off any deep layers.

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How do you treat red sunburn?

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Dr. Mark Taylor
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Aloe Vera & Aspirin: Use cool aloe vera gel multiple time an hour and take Aspirin or advil (ibuprofen) in recommended dosage until the burning goes away. As the sunburn continues to heal and peel, switch to a moisturizer such as dml lotion made by person covery.
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Under what circumstances should a person with a sunburn go to a hospital emergency room? Is that overdoing it?

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Sunburn: You should seek help if the sunburn is causing severe pain, blistering or general feeling of malaise.
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Ways to treat sunburn?

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Sunburn: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Cool compresses & aloe vera applied directly from the plant to the affected area.
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5year old got sunburned shoulders, how to treat?

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Dr. James Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Cool and moisturize: Topical cooling will relieve pain immediately. Refrigerated aloe works best. For highly sensitive areas a topical anesthetic can be used under a physicians direction. Oral antinflammatories such as Ibuprofen can provide relief over the first few days. After cooling apply a rich moisturizer such as aquaphor or biafine.
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How do you treat scabs from sunburn?

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Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't pick them!: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching ; swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory ; antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Apply cool compresses. Nsaid’s ; Acetaminophen can be helpful. Hydrate well ; don't peel off any deep layers.

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