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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Overview)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting from too much sun.


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How long does sunburn on your eyes last?

How long does sunburn on your eyes last?

1-3 days: The redness and swelling will resolve within a few days. Emolloents amd cold compresses will help relsove symptoms. Alleve or Motrin can help with inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
716 Doctors shared insights

Sunburn (Overview)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting from too much sun.


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They hurt, is that a symptom of sunburn, or is it something else like sunstroke?

They hurt, is that a symptom of sunburn, or is it something else like sunstroke?

What hurts?: Not quite sure what is hurting from your question. However, if you are saying your skin hurts and you think you have a sunburn then, yes, this is certainly a symptom of sunburn. Sunstroke is a much more severe, life-threatening condition. In this condition your body has basically lost it's ability to regulate temperature. Convulsions, coma and death can all be an end result of sunstroke. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

Use enzyme-repair topicals after a sunburn. Enzymes break the dimer formation so less cancer risk. ...See more

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Treating Sunburn (Checklist)

Apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% cream to the sunburned skin
3x day
Apply over-the-counter pramoxine cream for comfort, if okay with your doctor
2x day
Wear clothes and a hat to block additional sun damage
Daily
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I would like to know the symptoms of sunburn second degree?

I would like to know the symptoms of sunburn second degree?

Blisters: If you have blistering then, by definition, you have a second degree burn. Pain and redness are both present in this type of burn. ...Read more

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My mole that I had forever on my right arm it has grown and I had a little sunburn yesterday it looks non cancerous is this a bad sign?

My mole that I had forever on my right arm it has grown and I had a little sunburn yesterday it looks non cancerous is this a bad sign?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the lesion. Any mole that has grown should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

Applying aloe to sunburned areas can provide soothing relief. ...See more

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Avoiding Sunburn (Checklist)

Wear a wide-brimmed hat
once
Reapply sunscreen after bathing or swimming
once
Stay out of the sun between 11am and 2pm
once
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I was diagnosed with strep at the er. Given penicillin and a steroid. Oxycodon for pain. Should I go back to the ER (see below). Today my face and chest started flushing (parts are purple in tint like a bad sunburn) the initial rash on my thighs has darke

I was diagnosed with strep at the er. Given penicillin and a steroid. Oxycodon for pain. Should I go back to the ER (see below). Today my face and chest started flushing (parts are purple in tint like a bad sunburn) the initial rash on my thighs has darke

Strep what???: There must be more to this. "Strep" is the name of a bacterium, not a diagnosis. Strep throat? Other? Why the steroid??? Why the narcotic? These last 2 are not treatments for strep or any infection. You need a dermatologist, not another ER visit. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

Putting on a cold milk compress for about 10 minutes at a time may help relieve inflammation fast. ...See more

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What is a good way to heal a sunburn?

What is a good way to heal a sunburn?

Sunburn remedy: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Apply cool compresses. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and acetomenophen can be very helpful. Hydrate well and don't peel off any deep layers. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

Red streaks extending away from the blister may be a sign of infection. ...See more

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What does it mean if sunburn has a purple tint?

Sunburn: Discoloration of the skin after a burn may represent the outer layer of skin getting ready to peel off. Keep the skin hydrated, avoid further sun exposure, and do not peel the skin. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat sunburn on face?

Sunburn: Apply aloe or moisturizing cream to the affected skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin. Beware of sunburn treatment products containing anesthetics, such as benzocaine. There's little evidence that these products are effective. In some cases, they may even irritate the skin. A mild otc cortisone cream also helps. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

Wearing tight clothes can slow down your skin's healing process. ...See more

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What is the best way to treat a sunburn on your face?

What is the best way to treat a sunburn on your face?

Ibuprofen and aloe: Unfortunately, once sunburn happens, the subsequent recovery is the expected wound healing process. In addition to the Hydrocortisone cream as suggested by dr kwok, I find that oral Ibuprofen (advil (ibuprofen) or motrin) every 6 hours immediately after the burn will help reduce the inflammatory response. I also recommend aloe containing lotion to moisturize as often as possible. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for Lyme with doxycycline. I am very fatigued and I also have a sunburn- like rash on the back of by hands and tops of feet. Normal?

I'm being treated for Lyme with doxycycline. I am very fatigued and I also have a sunburn- like rash on the back of by hands and tops of feet. Normal?

Allergic reaction: You may well be having an allergic reaction to Doxycycline and should go back to your doctor and stop taking any more of the doxycycline. Lyme disease can be treated with Ampicillin or amoxicillin. Go see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

Some serious burns may require antibiotics (creams or pills) to prevent or treat infection. ...See more

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Is olive oil good for treating sunburns?

Not really: Cool compresses; aloe vera gel (avoid the ones with Benzocaine as they can cause allergic skin reaction); topical otc steroid cream for more painful burns (remember to use very sparingly to avoid potential skin damage). Prevention is even better: sun blocks that protect against uva & uvb applied b4 exposure; long sleeves, broad-brimmed hats, pants. For sever blistering, see fp. ...Read more

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What's the best way treatment for sunburns?

What's the best way treatment for sunburns?

Aloe Vera: Hydrate well, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or tylenol (acetaminophen) with topical application of aloe vera. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

Drainage of pus from a blister may be a sign of infection. ...See more

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What are some good sunburn treatments?

What are some good sunburn treatments?

Sunburn: First, don't get it, you know how that works.
Next use Ibuprofen 600mg three times a day.
Decaspray (rx) helps a bit.
Silvadene oint is a standard in the us for 2nd degree burns.
Unpasturized honey is also published as a therapy. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure my major sunburn?

What can I do to cure my major sunburn?

Major ouch: Blistering or more - seek medical treatment. Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Apply cool compresses. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and acetomenophen can be very helpful. Hydrate well & don't peel skin. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

A persistent fever may be a sign of infection. ...See more

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How tcan I get rid of sunburned cheeks?

How tcan I get rid of sunburned cheeks?

Sunburn: You can apply topical aloe vera cream if it's minimal. Next level is an over the counter steroid cream, 1% hydrocortisone cream. If the burn is deeper, you should see a burn specialist. ...Read more

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Sunburn (Tip)

An oatmeal bath can calm inflammation and itchiness If you were burned in multiple places. ...See more

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What should I do if my baby gets sunburned?

What should I do if my baby gets sunburned?

Baby sunburn: Use a small child approved moisturizer probably with aloe and nothing to cause allergy or irritate the skin. No alcohol and no retin-a. Just use the moisturizer and keep the skin clean, all should heal fine...If not see a pediatrician. Be sure not to get anymore sunburns as future damage is being done. ...Read more