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what should i use for a sunburn?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Aloe vera/ moist: 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.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
SImple Tricks: 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.
Dr. Linda Schwartz
Pharmacology 16 years experience
Sunburn: Apply aloe vera cream or lotion topically as needed to sunburn. Avoid sun.

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Can you get sunburn underwater?'

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Yes you can: Yes you can sun burn under and in water.And you need protection with sun screen.
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Ways to treat sunburn?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Cool compresses & aloe vera applied directly from the plant to the affected area.
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Sunburn discoloration lasting months?

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Normal Healing: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation to do so which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells get deposited in the area and give it the brownish coloration you see. Over time, there will be some fading as the injury matures.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Does lotion help sunburn?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Aloe straight from : The plant is recommended. Lotions w aloe don't have a high enough aloe concentration. Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) can v redness, pain, itching ; swelling from burns. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial ; antifungal qualities. It speeds burn healing by stimulating new skin growth.
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What is sunburn treatment?

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Dr. Douglas Green
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Number one best : Treatment is avoidance. Other than that keep it moisturized and treat the pain.... If blisters develop... Or pain can not be controlled then see your pcp and ask for a dermatological referral. I have used silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) in the past if it is contraindicated based on burn location, etc.

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