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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)

Sunburn is an intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure. It actually represents the body's reaction to tissue damage ...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