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I have red skin after second degree sunburn- will my skin go back to normal? If yes how long does it take? Thank you

I have red skin after second degree sunburn- will my skin go back to normal? If yes how long does it take?  Thank you

Painful healing: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as cool compresses, skin creams, and antiinflammatory medications (motrin/advil). ...Read more

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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive exposure to the sun that causes damage ...Read more


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What would cause a red itchy rash in my pubic area? When I take my underwear off it looks like I have a sunburn where my underwear covers

What would cause a red itchy rash in my pubic area? When I take my underwear off it looks like I have a sunburn where my underwear covers

This may be a simple: fungus infection (jock itch) but to be certain you should see a health care professional. Treatment with any of the over the counter medications in the anti fungal aisle should be effective but a health care professional may be able to provide you with a prescription anti fungal that would be more effective. ...Read more

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My son is a red head with fare skin, he got sunburned today and his feet are swollen should I take him to the ER?

My son is a red head with fare skin, he got sunburned today and his feet are swollen should I take him to the ER?

Yes: are his feet sunburnt? make sure you take an icecube and apply it to the sun burnt area .if it is bad or blistered it needs to have a dressing. make sure you replace his electrolytes with some think like pedialyte calamine lotion should help with the soothing next time use a screen with a high SPF ...Read more

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I got a bad sunburn on my legs and the blood vessels broke which caused tiny red clusters of dots all over. How long does it take to heal? treatments?

I got a bad sunburn on my legs and the blood vessels broke which caused tiny red clusters of dots all over. How long does it take to heal? treatments?

Usually : a second degree burn which will cause capillary damage and/or bleeding. You can use mild antiseptic ointment or get Rx medication from your physician. Time frame- 2-3 weeks. Consider SPF of 40 or greater. ...Read more

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Can you sunburn without redness?

Can you sunburn without redness?

Not possible: Sunburn is response of tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is inflammation (red, hot, swelling, pain( which increases blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this injures already injured skin. Cool water soaks 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 help. ...Read more

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Does the redness from sunburn go away?

Does the redness from sunburn go away?

Yes: Once the burn is healed it should go away. ...Read more

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How do I reduce the redness on a sunburn?

How do I reduce the redness on a sunburn?

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. See dr for severe burns. ...Read more

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How do I get the redness out of a sunburn?

How do I get the redness out of a sunburn?

You can't: It is a burn, and will require 3-7 days for the reddness to lighten. Prevention is only real option, in future, use a sunblock. ...Read more

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When will redness from my sunburn go away?

Variable: It usually takes a matter of days however sometimes the redness can be permanent if the burn was severe. ...Read more

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How can you reduce redness of sunburn - fast!?

Sunburn care: 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. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more

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How to get the redness of sunburn to go away fast?

Sunburn redness....: The most effective way to improve the redness from a sunburn is to use a topical steroid, like 1% Hydrocortisone and a NSAID like Motrin or ibuprofen. Make sure to keep the area moisturized with a product like eucerin, lubriderm or an aloe vera based cream. This helps most superficial sunburns. Your primary doc can also prescribe specific treatments. Camouflage make-up will cover for an event. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the redness from sunburn in a day?

Sunburn redness: Prevention is best remedy. Nsaids & topical corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties that may make redness (if not too severe) resolve quickly. Avoid recurrent sunburns as uv skin damage is cumulative over the years. ...Read more

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How to make the redness to go away after a sunburn?

How to make the redness to go away after a sunburn?

No magic: There is no magic. However, aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. ...Read more

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How can I quickly make my sunburn redness disappear?

How can I quickly make my sunburn redness disappear?

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis ) can reduce redness, pain, itching and swelling. ...Read more

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How can you reduce the redness from sunburn in a day?

Not that fast.: 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. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more

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How do I reduce the redness of sunburn by tomorrow night?

How do I reduce the redness of sunburn by tomorrow night?

Not that fast: 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. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more

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How to soothe sunburn and help the redness go down overnite?

No fast fix: There's no fast fix for sunburn. The following may help: keep it cool with ice compresses/cool towels. Keep it moist: aloe vera gel or moisturizer. Decrease inflammation by taking over counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin per label instructions: (aspirin not recommended for children or teens as may cause reye's syndrome). ...Read more

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How long does sunburn redness usually last for? A couple days?

May take up to : A week depending on severity. Usually within 4 to 5 days. Severe burns or complications may take longer to heal. ...Read more

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What is the best way to soothe sunburns and help the redness go down?

What is the best way to soothe sunburns and help the redness go down?

Topical treatment: The best treatment for sunburn is prevention with sunscreens, sun protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses. If redness and discomfort occur, topical non steroidal and oral anti-inflammatory medications will help the symptoms. Also, topical corticosteroid may relieve itching as the skin heals. Cool compresses and luke warm baths may also reduce pain and itch. ...Read more