A 30-year-old member asked:
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i have a really bad sunburn and it has started peeling and exposing the fresh skin underneath. it is swollen and extremely red in some places. how do i keep it moist?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Don't pull on skin: Keep sunburn cool with 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 medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered.
Answered on Jan 15, 2015
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Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Simple Treatment: 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.
Answered on Apr 3, 2017
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