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how do you treat red sunburn?

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Dr. Mark Taylor
Dermatology 47 years experience
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.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Moisturizers and ?: Keeping the skin moist and protected is important. The use of nsaids to reduce inflammation and potential damage as well as antioxidants are a bit more controversial.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is there a good remedy to soothe a sunburn?

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Dr. Michael Lockwood
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Topical Sprays: The topical anaesthetic sprays for sunburn are helpful as are medications such as Ibuprofen and acetomenophen. We all should use sunblock for ultraviolet ray exposure. Prevention is the best cure, especially persons with fair skin. While we need some sun exposure for vitamin d, skin cancers are on the rise and may be prevented by avoiding excessive exposure to the sun and ultraviolet rays.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How long does it typically take for a sunburn to go away?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
1 to 2 weeks: Mild sunburns may resolve after 3 days. A 1st degree sunburn may take a week to go away. A 2nd degree sunburn (blistering) may take 2 weeks.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How do I get the redness out of a sunburn?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Cold compresses: Apply cold compresses with cold water or cold milk. Take Aspirin or ibuprofen. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or other antihistamines can help with the itching. Do not pop the blisters. If the blisters do pop, you may need to see a doctor for an oral antibiotic in order to prevent spread of infection. Wear loose comfortable clothing made of 100% soft cotton--avoid synthetic or irritating materials.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Under what circumstances should a person with a sunburn go to a hospital emergency room? Is that overdoing it?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Moeller
Dermatology 38 years experience
Sunburn: You should seek help if the sunburn is causing severe pain, blistering or general feeling of malaise.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can there be such thing as an invisible sunburn?

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Dr. Theda Kontis
Facial Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Sunburn: I have never hears of an invisible sunburn. Burned skin is usually visible.

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