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A 42-year-old member asked:

how long does it take for a sun burn to go away?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
2-4 wks: You can't speed up healing--that is your natural ability. U heal faster when u r young and still growing. As u get older, this slows down. Keep burn-area clean and dry, and minimize re-exposure to sun/heat, the skin can usually replace itself/heal in about 3-4 wks. Be good, be sensible. Sunscreen use reduces skin cancer. If severe, consult doc. Good luck.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can I treat my sun burn?

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Dr. Laura Arbogast
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Topical lidocaine: You can buy a topical aloe gel with Lidocaine that will take the edge off for a little while. The main thing is to moisturize it and wear a broad spectrum sunscreen for uva and uvb of at least spf 30.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to increase the healing of sun burn?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Hydrate: Sunburned skin should be hydrated, and lotion is a good way to to keep the skin moisturized. You can also use aloe gel to cool the skin.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can sun burn cause sickness?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Yes: There are some patients who will get flu like illness after sunburn.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do you take sun burn off ?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Time: You have to wait for the skin to replace itself which can take 1-2 weeks. A bad sunburn will peal and can lead to skin damage and cancer. The only way to remove it is time.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me exactly when is a sun burn bad enough to go to the doctor?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It's bad enough when: See this online mayo clinic article: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/sunburn/ds00964/dsection=complications. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. Open blisters are more likely to become infected - red, hot with pus- get seen. In meantime, aloe vera is helpful.

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