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how are sunburns and mutations related?

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Sunburns and mutatio: The ultraviolet light from the sun can affect the DNA in the skin cells.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What can I do to soothe my baby's sunburn?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Cool compresses: Unfortunately once the baby is sunburned the damage is done, cool compresses may help with initial discomfort as well as tylenol (acetaminophen). Moisturizers and or aloe can soothe the healing process.
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What should I do if my baby gets sunburned?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Cool compresses: Baby's skins are very sensitive and burn easily. Try to prevent sunburns by always using sunscreen and staying in the shade. With a minor burn apply cool compresses, give an oatmeal bath and make sure the baby has plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. If the burn is blistering or baby has a fever bring to the doctor for evaluation.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Could hemophilia occur due to a mutation?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, a gene mutation: Hemophilia "A" is a hereditary bleeding disorder where there is a deficiency in clotting factor VIII (factor VIII is needed for blood clotting). It is inherited on the X-chromosome (sex-linked). Men only have 1 "X", so if their "X" is mutated, they will have the disease. Women have 2 "X's", so they can have 1 mutated "X" and 1 normal "X", and be a carrier of the disease, with mild or no symptoms.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you prevent peeling from a sunburn?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Unappealing peeling: Avoid getting sunburnt [use/reapply SPF 15, wear hat, be careful during prime barbecue hours 10 am-2 pm]. If you're already burnt, you can: avoid more sun for at least 1-3 days. Take Aspirin [if over 12 years old], or Ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. Apply moisturizers, aloe vera. Soothe your skin [calamine lotion, oatmeal bath]. Drink lots of water. Try not to scratch. Good luck.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 27 years experience
calendula lotion can be very helpful too.
Dec 23, 2011
CA
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why do sunburns itch?

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Dr. Jeffrey Benabio
Dermatology 18 years experience
Special nerves: Sunburn damages the surface layer of your skin. This outermost area is loaded with special nerve fibers called c-fibers, that respond to itch. (itch is a mechanism to protect us agains insects and other minor injuries that aren't significant enough to register as pain). Because sunburn skin damage happens in this surface layer, these nerves fire furiously until the skin is healed over again.

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