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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting ...Read more


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What SPF that works really good to avoid sunburn during snorkel?

What SPF that works really good to avoid sunburn during snorkel?

Sunscreen: Recommend waterproof 50 spf - but remember you will still need to reapply it. ...Read more

Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
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Avoiding sunburn (Tip)

Use enzyme-repair topicals after a sunburn. Enzymes break the dimer formation so less cancer risk. ...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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How to treat or avoid sunburn after swimming and snorkeling?

Sunburn: Some sunblock solutions are made water resistant and can be applied before swimming but you also need to apply it again as soon as you are out of the water. ...Read more

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I am 20 weeks pregnant and going to florida next month. Is it harmful to the baby to go to a tanning salon prior to vacation? I understand tanning altogether is harmful to my skin but usually go every year for a week prior to vacation to avoid sunburn whi

I am 20 weeks pregnant and going to florida next month. Is it harmful to the baby to go to a tanning salon prior to vacation? I understand tanning altogether is harmful to my skin but usually go every year for a week prior to vacation to avoid sunburn whi

No problem: Whether you get sun outside or go to the salon, the fetus is none the wiser. The process involves the outside shell of your body, not the metabolism inside which influences babies growth and development. I detest these salons and what they do to your risk of skin cancer, but it has no direct effect on your pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Avoiding sunburn (Tip)

I am black. Which spf sunscreen should I use? ...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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Will vitiligo make me more susceptible to sunburn? Am I more likely to become sunburned with vitiligo, and should I avoid sun exposure?

Will vitiligo make me more susceptible to sunburn? Am I more likely to become sunburned with vitiligo, and should I avoid sun exposure?

Yes: Since the skin has no pigment, you will likely get burnt easily. Use a good sunscreen with titanium or zinc oxide over the area prior to exposure to the sun. Remember to reapply every 2 hours until you are out of the sun. ...Read more

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Is sun bad in general for the skin or sunburn? Do I have to avoid getting a tan or can I have it gradually? What is the bestsunscreen (mineral-natural?)

Is sun bad in general for the skin or sunburn? Do I have to avoid getting a tan or can I have it gradually? What is the bestsunscreen (mineral-natural?)

Moderation: Everything in moderation sun exposure like everything else in life has positive and negative effects on the body as we all know over exposure of the sun causes melanoma, the benefits is the sun naturally synthesizes vitamin d in your body which is vital for proper function, I personally recommend all natural lotion less toxins in your body the better! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Avoiding sunburn (Tip)

How often should I apply sunscreen? ...See more

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Avoiding Dehydration (Checklist)

Monitor and increase your water consumption
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Avoid alcohol and other diuretics
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Is sunburn the only reason you should avoid sunlight while taking doryx (doxycycline)?

Is sunburn the only reason you should avoid sunlight while taking doryx (doxycycline)?

Yes: A small percentage of patients can develop a photo toxic reaction to the sun with severe burning and blistering to exposed areas, especially hands and face. Plus, no amount of sun is safe and if you are taking Doryx (doxycycline) for acne, the acne that resolves is going to want to tan 10x faster than normal skin and you will be left with brown polka dots on your face if you don't avoid the sun. ...Read more

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Why do sunburns itch?

Why do sunburns itch?

Special nerves: Sunburn damages the surface layer of your skin. This outermost area is loaded with special nerve fibers called c-fibers, that respond to itch. (itch is a mechanism to protect us agains insects and other minor injuries that aren't significant enough to register as pain).

Because sunburn skin damage happens in this surface layer, these nerves fire furiously until the skin is healed over again. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Avoiding sunburn (Tip)

How much sunscreen should I apply? ...See more

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Ways to treat sunburn?

Ways to treat sunburn?

Simple 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. ...Read more

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How to remove sunburn?

How to remove sunburn?

HC 1% cream: It will fade over a long time. Hydrocortisone cream (HC 1% cream) is over-the-counter, and helps when used 2-3 times a day for 4-5 days on new mild sunburns. If the skin is blistered, cracked up, or oozing, one should see a primary doctor or a dermatologist. Hydrocortisone cream is ok to use on sunburned lips, and Aquaphor or plain Vaseline can be used on the lips in between hydrocortisone doses. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Avoiding sunburn (Tip)

How do I protect my head from the sun? ...See more

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How can I fix a sunburn?

Superfast healing: 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. ...Read more

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How can I soothe my sunburn?

How can I soothe my sunburn?

Not much: Apply moisturizing lotions to keep it from drying, and this will help some. Aloe is considered helpful by some.
If you have actual blistering, then this is a second degree burn, and should be treated with an antibiotic cream-neosporin- until it heals. ...Read more