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How long does it typically take for a sunburn to go away?

How long does it typically take for a sunburn to go away?

1 to 2 weeks: Mild sunburns may resolve after 3 days. A 1st degree sunburn may take a week to go away. A 2nd degree sunburn (blistering) may take 2 weeks. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take for a sunburn to go away?

How long does it take for a sunburn to go away?

Depends on...: Healing time for a first degree burn is usually < 1week. Healing time for a second degree burn may be up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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What are some things i can do for a sunburn, and how long does it take to go away?

What are some things i can do for a sunburn, and how long does it take to go away?

Keep sunburn cool w: 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 med care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. May take a week or more to heal. ...Read more

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I have a sunburn. It hurts pretty bad. One how long will it take the pain to go away? Second how do I know how bad it is?

I have a sunburn. It hurts pretty bad.  One how long will it take the pain to go away?  Second how do I know how bad it is?

Instructions: Bad sunburns developing blisters, and you need to go to Doctor ASAP to avoid scars. If it just painful erythema/redness you can use for example Aloe Vera cream or lotion multiple time a day and Advil (ibuprofen) or Motrin. It take 1-3 days to get better. Drink a lot of fluids as well. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for sunburn blisters to go away?

Can someone tell me how long will it take for sunburn blisters to go away?

Two days to One Week: The location of sunburn and your skin type determine the duration. Face sunburns can fade within 2-3 days while backs, chest, and arms can take a week. It is most important to avoid repeated sunburns as this can prolong recovery and add to skin cancer risk. A sunburn is a wake up call to remind you that your skin should not go unprotected in the future. See a dermatologist if your not healed. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sunburn to become skin cancer?

How long does it take for a sunburn to become skin cancer?

Sunburn: There is often a lag phase of many years between the time of a sunburn and the development of skin cancer. See a dermatologist if you suspect skin cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sunburn to go down?

How long does it take for sunburn to go down?

If you have: Significant swelling you should seek medical care. Healing time for a first degree burn is usually < 1week. Healing time for a second degree burn may be up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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How long do sunburns take before the pain goes away?

Depends on the burn: Your every day sunburn pain usually starts to dissipate within several days. However, more severe burns may be painful for longer periods. Aloe vera can help to relieve discomfort and hasten healing. ...Read more

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How long does it take for minor facial sunburn to go?

How long does it take for minor facial sunburn to go?

A week or less.: Healing time for a first degree burn is usually < 1week. Healing time for a second degree burn may be up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get sunburned?

How long does it take to get sunburned?

One hour: It depends on the length of exposure and temp in the environment you're in. Hats and UV light protection with > 30 sunblock-50. ...Read more

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How long will it take for sunburn to fade on its own?

How long will it take for sunburn to fade on its own?

Two days to One Week: The location of sunburn and your skin type determine the duration. Face sunburns can fade within 2-3 days while backs, chest, and arms can take a week. It is most important to avoid repeated sunburns as this can prolong recovery and add to skin cancer risk. A sunburn is a wake up call to remind you that your skin should not go unprotected in the future. See a dermatologist if your not healed. ...Read more

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How long does it take to stand in direct sunlight for a sunburn/suntan to develop?

That depends on: Things like time of day, intensity of sun, skin protection. ...Read more

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How long does it take for swelling feet to go down after sunburn?

How long does it take for swelling feet to go down after sunburn?

If you have: Significant swelling due to a sunburn- this warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Help please? How long will a sunburn/burn take to heal!?

Natural Process: 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 long is it supposed to it take before a sunburn stops peeling?

How long is it supposed to it take before a sunburn stops peeling?

1-3 weeks: It can take anywhere from a week to 3 weeks. In some cases, it can take longer than that. Use a cool cloth or aloe vera to help. Keep it moisturized. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sunburn blisters on the face take to disappear?

How long does it take for sunburn blisters on the face take to disappear?

Usually..: Healing time for a second degree burn may be up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a sunburn and my ankle are swelling how long does it take for it to go down? And how can I help that process?

I have a sunburn and my ankle are swelling how long does it take for it to go down? And how can I help that process?

Depends on the burn: severity. The burn causes injury to the tissue which releases inflammatory chemicals which then cause vessel swelling and fluid. If the sunburn has not caused blistering, it should improve a lot in 5 days. Elevation of legs above the heart and cool compresses will help reduce sweling. Compression with ACE wraps helps. Please use sunscreen in the future. Each sunburn increaes cancer risk. ...Read more