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what is the best thing to do for a sunburn besides aloe vera? what type of shower do i take warm or cold

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Cold: Aloe is not much use. Anything to lubricate will help. You may be able to reduce inflammation with a cortisone cream.
Answered on Jan 4, 2015
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Dr. Michael Miller
35 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 Jun 30, 2014
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