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how do you deal with sunburns?

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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.

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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 32-year-old member asked:

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.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Help with curing sunburn? Does vinegar do anything?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Yes...: ...It makes you smell like a salad. Does it do anything for the sunburn? No. Sunburn is properly treated like any other burn, with cold compresses and an antiseptic cream such as silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or bionect. And take this as a warning that mr. Sun is our friend, but we have to respect his power; wear a good sunscreen lotion (spf 50) next time.

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