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How To Reduce Swelling From Sunburn
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
Varies: This can be a serious burn so it is important that a health care professional look at it. While amounts of swelling can vary, by definition the second degree burn is one where the first layer of skin is burned through exposing the dermis. This is associated with blistering and swelling and can be a source of infection. In addition the size of the burn matter too so please see a doc to be safe. ...Read more
Med tx: If he has significant burn to the point that there is visible swelling - would seek medical care. In the meantime, keep sunburn cool with 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. ...Read more
May need to seek med:
Treatment. Aloe barbadensis
(aloe vera) can v redness, pain, itching ; swelling from burns. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial ; antifungal qualities. It speeds burn healing by stimulating new skin growth. V pain by placing cool, moist compresses on skin. Nsaid's ; Acetaminophen can help. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used for itching. Hydrate well ; don't peel off deep layers. ...Read more
If you have: Significant swelling due to a sunburn- this warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more
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
I got a bad sunburn 4 days ago. It blistered on the top of my forehead. This morning, my forehead is swelling. Should I be worried?
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Cool soaks: Soak some washcloths or small towels in cool water and apply them to the burned areas. And learn mr. Sun's lesson: apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion whenever you go out in the sun! ...Read more
Not unusual: You have burned the skin and the bodies response is to swell. You may want to see a doctor. ...Read more
Under my eyes are swelling ... Its been a week since it started ... I thought it was a sunburn but it is getting wose and worse ... It is burning flaking... Bumpy... Dry and I am confused.?
Allergic reaction?: Your description sounds like an allergic reaction but without looking at it there is no way to be sure. I would avoid makeup/lotions/anything you are applying to skin or eyes. I would also try to think of anything you may have change recently (soaps/detergents/etc). Cool compresses, artificial tears to the eyes if irritated, and seeing an eye or skin doctor are a good idea. ...Read more
No: But a topical cortisone cream and NSAID may. ...Read more
I have a pretty bad sunburn with swelling around my eyes and nose.. What can I do to cure myself?
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
Dermatologist: Ifthere is severe swelling then this would be best treated by your physician or a dermatologist. ...Read more
I got a pretty bad leg sunburn Thursday and now I have small blisters and extreme swelling (more so in one leg) and tightness. What should I do?
I got a sunburn on my forehead. It was swollen, but now the swelling has moved down around my eyes, What can I do about the swelling?
Cool compresses/ice: Swelling is caused by increased free fluid in the injured tissue. In this case, the very sensitive tissue under the skin in the forehead has been injured and is now swollen. Swelling typically shifts downward because of gravity. Things that will help prevent or improve this are cool compresses to the swollen areas, and laying down so that the excessive fluid drains back to the heart. ...Read more
2nd day after severe 1st degree sunburn. Still swelling. Arms, chest, top of back. Stiff, no blisters. When will swelling start to receed?
Few Days: First of all, I am not sure if it is a first degree sunburn if there is so much swelling. Typically the presence of swelling and/or blisters means you got a 2nd degree burn. With treatment, it should start receding within a few days. Apply cold compresses to the swelling, take some Ibuprofen every 6 hours for pain and inflammation, and try 1% Hydrocortisone cream on the burn. Aloe vera gel helps. ...Read more
I got 2nd degree sunburn on my right leg 5 days ago. from my knee down to my ankle. constant swelling, severe pain especially when I'm sitting for awh?
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