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I have a really bad sunburn and am covered with mosquito bites. what are the best remedies to relieve the symptoms separately?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
STEROID CREAM/ANTIHI: You will need antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec to stop the itching and topical Hydrocortisone for the mosquito bites use of steroid cream for sunburn has been used but a study from coppehagen suggested it does not help, you can use pain meds for pain and if very painful you may use local Lidocaine cream i oatient is not allergic to it.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Sunburn Care: 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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