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what should you do about really bad sunburn with blisters?

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Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syalanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream: Bad sunburn needs to be treated like a burn. See your doctor for silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
symptomatic sunburn: Sunburn is caused by radiation injuring the skin which causes inflammation. The blisters are actually fluid leaking from injured tissues that stay below the skin. Tricks to reducing the symptoms are to take anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin and advil, (ibuprofen) and minimizing any trauma to the skin. There are good over-the-counter products with Benzocaine that reduce the pain temporarily.

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What's a good sunburn remedy for an infant?

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Cool compresses: When you notice a sunburn the damage has already been done. You basically are trying to make the child comfortable. Cool compresses can actually reduce some stored heat that may still be present in the skin. Analgesics such as Acetaminophen or ibuprophen should help with pain. Aloe may also be soothing.
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In what ways does sunscreen slow down and prevent sunburns?|

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Sunscreen: Sunscreens help prevent sunburn by slowing down the rate of absorbtion of ultraviolet rays by the skin. For example a number 15 sunblocker applied to the skin will cause the skin to absorb only 1/15 of the suns rays as opposed to unprotected skin. In other words, protected skin with sunblocker would take 15 hours to absorb the same amount of radiation absorbed in one hour by unprotected skin.
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My bub bite has a blister size of a pea the redness is receeding with the use of fucilin h cream, blister is now forming a scab reddish?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Insect bites: You are describing the normal healing of a bug bite that gets inflamed and then gradually heals. At this point, if there is any increase in redness, pain or swelling, then additional treatment with antibiotics may be needed. Warm compresses on the skin can help.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Really bad sunburn with blisters. Will it turn to a tan?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't count on it.: Keep sunburn cool w moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant ; apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek med care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of sxs w/i several days or if a large surface area is blistered. Drink h2o.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

I got a really bad sunburn on my lips and they blistered and are now starting to scab. should I peel off the scab, its a yellow/golden color.

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Dr. Glenn Messina
Aesthetic Medicine 35 years experience
NO: Leave the scab you can put on an emollient that helps retain water like aquaphor or cetaphil but peeling the scab could peel away healthy tissue making a risk for a scar. If they become painful , blister with a foul odor or puss then see a doctor.

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