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A 44-year-old member asked:

Silver sulfadiazine good for sunburns?

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Dr. Patrick Offner
Trauma Surgery 41 years experience
Overkill: Silver sulfadiazine is used for significant second and third degree burns. It would be overkill for a sunburn unless is was an unusually severe burn.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Expensive overkill: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for sunburn, is this okay?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Expensive overkill: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Where can I get silver sulfadiazine cream to heal my sunburn?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Usually not needed: Many doctors prescribe silver sulfadiazine cream, but it isn't necessary unless the burn becomes infected; if that happens, call your doctor. Apply washcloths soaked in cool water as often as possible, and take Ibuprofen or something similar for the pain and inflammation. And please learn the lesson that mr. Sun is trying so hard to teach you: apply a good sunscreen lotion every day.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) make sunburn peel?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
very helpful: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is an excellent prescription medication that increases the healing and soothig. Your sunburn causes peeling and the medicine will help it.

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