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What is the best thing to put on your skin to stop it from peeling and to get the redness out from a sunburn?

What is the best thing to put on your skin to stop it from peeling and to get the redness out from a sunburn?

Cold milk: To reduce the discomfort cold milk compresses will soothe and the skin and calm the burning sensation. A non steroidal such as allege, Motrin or Aspirin will decrease the inflammation.Aloe can be added to the regimen. A dermatologistcanpres ribe a steroid cream to cut down on the redness ...Read more

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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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Why do sunburns itch so badly? Is the skin trying to heal? I had mine for 2 wks wout much decrease in redness & itchiness should I c a doc, b worried

Why do sunburns itch so badly? Is the skin trying to heal? I had mine for 2 wks wout much decrease in redness & itchiness should I c a doc, b worried

Yes: Sounds like something other than sunburn. Have you applied something to a sunburn? Something that might cause itch? Reason for Tegratol? Best see a dermatologist. Meanwhile, try a nice, long shower using Dove or Aveeno (oatmeal) cleanser, followed by vigorous rub-down using a ceremide cream such as Eucerin or Aveeno (oatmeal). ...Read more

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I have been having pain that feels like a sunburn since, but there is no change to the look of the skin. No redness, inflammation, or rash. Why?

I have been having pain that feels like a sunburn since, but there is no change to the look of the skin. No redness, inflammation, or rash. Why?

See below....: How long has this been going on? It could possibly be the start of shingles and the rash just hasn't appeared yet. ...Read more

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My sisters skin gets sore as tho sunburned on parts of face and her back. Dr says not shindles or would have broke out. There's no spots or redness?

My sisters skin gets sore as tho sunburned on parts of face and her back. Dr says not shindles or would have broke out. There's no spots or redness?

Dermatologist: It could be an allergy to a food or detergent or a bit more complex. A dermatologist can give the best answer. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Surface skin pain on left side of abdominal area and left side of lower back.  feels like a severe sunburn.  no marks or redness.?

Shingles: Many cases of shingles has been missed in ers because of pain that no direct cause can be found and then a day or more goes by with the pain persistent and then out of the blue a rash composed of clumps of tiny pustules shows up in a geometric pattern and the diagnosis is obviously shingles. They must be treated immediately with antiviral drugs to help healing and prevent post herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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Experiencing some scalp redness or irritation, scalp tenderness to touch and felt like sunburn on top of head. Few small red `spots' seen at top of head. Dr says dry scalp. Washed hair daily, used hair spray frequently. Stopped routine. Treatment?

Experiencing some scalp redness or irritation, scalp tenderness to touch and felt like sunburn on top of head. Few small red `spots' seen at top of head. Dr says dry scalp. Washed hair daily, used hair spray frequently. Stopped routine. Treatment?

Dry hair: Shampoos are more drying than soap as they remove more hair oils. If you use shampoos it's important to follow with a hair conditioner to restore oils for your hair and scalp. A skilled beautician can evaluate your hair and advise you about its status and give you advice on your hair care and hair care products. ...Read more

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How come sunburns turn your skin red?

How come sunburns turn your skin red?

Inflammation: Radiation from the sun injures the skin. Your body jumps into healing by creating inflammation to bring fresh healthy blood and healing factors to the area. The blood vessels dilate to get the healthy blood there and get the injured tissues healed. This inflammatory response makes things red, hot, swollen, and painful but, is absolutely necessary for things to heal. ...Read more

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What causes sunburns? What is happening to your skin and why are they red and painful?

What causes sunburns? What is happening to your skin and why are they red and painful?

UV radiation: Sunburn is a radiation burn caused by the UV rays in the sun. It's red and painful because it's a burn. Daily sunscreen is the best prevention along with avoiding the sun during peak day hours (10am-2pm). Sunscreen should have SPF of at least 30. Wear it even if you're indoors b/c UV can pass through building and car windows. ...Read more

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What are some good remedies for a sunburn is very dark red and hurts when touched or the skin moves?

What are some good remedies for a sunburn is very dark red and hurts when touched or the skin moves?

Prednisone: For very severe sunburns where it develops a sun poisoning like effect systemic or oral stereos are helpful to calm the inflammation. It is best to avoid systemic steroids in diabetics and people with high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What could the red patch of skin on my face be if not a sunburn?

What could the red patch of skin on my face be if not a sunburn?

Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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When I sit in the sun for about 20 mins my skin gets red and blotchy like a sunburn. What could be causing it?

When I sit in the sun for about 20 mins my skin gets red and blotchy like a sunburn. What could be causing it?

Heat, sun reaction: Most likely it is an increase in blood flow to your skin as you are out in the heat. Blood vessels in your skin dilate and the skin then becomes red as you describe. It's also possible that you are having a phototoxic reaction. That's a reaction of your skin to sunlight when you are on certain medications. Things like birth control, even NSAID's can cause this type of reaction. ...Read more

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I. Got sunburned I would like to know what I can do for it not to be so red or relief pain. Also if there is a way for my skin not to peel off?

I. Got sunburned I would like to know what I can do for it not to be so red or relief pain. Also if there is a way for my skin not to peel off?

Sunburn relief!: Here some measures that may provide some relief from sunburn:
•Use cool cloths on sunburned areas.
•Take frequent cool showers or baths.
•Apply soothing lotions that contain aloe vera to sunburned areas. Topical steroids (such as 1% hydrocortisone cream) may also help with sunburn pain and swelling. ...Read more

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Is there any treatments for red sunburn skin on cheeks and chin. I've had it for a couple of years or more?

Is there any treatments for red sunburn skin on cheeks and chin. I've had it for a couple of years or more?

If the redness: Has been there continuously for at least a couple of years - it is likely that it is not a sunburn. I used to live in Britain and remember that the sun was seldom strong. Please do see your physician or a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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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I'm 20, had about 3 bad sunburns as a kid. No blistering, just red and very painful to move. Skin peeled. Can I reverse the damage? I'm very concerned

I'm 20, had about 3 bad sunburns as a kid. No blistering, just red and very painful to move. Skin peeled. Can I reverse the damage? I'm very concerned

Skin exams: You certainly should make it a practice to use sun screen now. Also do monthly skin exams to look for changes in your skin, this involves a full length mirror and hand mirrors. Any changes should be checked out by your doctor. You are wise to start now. I had a first cousin die in his early 40s from a melanoma. He spent his early years in Fiji getting lots of sun. ...Read more

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Do I have a bad sunburn? My skin is RED and it KILLS and feels really tight! What can I do to subside the burning feeling?

Do I have a bad sunburn? My skin is RED and it KILLS and feels really tight! What can I do to subside the burning feeling?

Is it sunburn: If you exposed that area to the sun for a time and had a burn than yes its sunburn.
Preventing further injury by avoiding more sun exposure, cool soaks may also help steroids as a last resort. However if you suddenly developed this red hot and painful area that kills you may have an infection and should have it checked by a physician. ...Read more

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I got very bad sunburn three days ago and got very bad blisters over my face. Today almost all of my skin has peeled off. My face is very red?

I got very bad sunburn three days ago and got very bad blisters over my face. Today almost all of my skin has peeled off. My face is very red?

If a large portion: Of the face was blistered - I would have recommended medical evaluation. Sometimes applying aloe vera straight from the plant can help to expedite burn healing. ...Read more

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I got a sunburn and a lot of skin peeled off. Now there are a ton of tiny blood red dots all over. Looks like a rash. What is it and will it go away?

I got a sunburn and a lot of skin peeled off. Now there are a ton of tiny blood red dots all over. Looks like a rash. What is it and will it go away?

Healing skin: Your skin has been damaged. Keep it well moisturized and use sunblock spf 30 or greater every 2 hours while outside. All sunblocks have to be applied every 2-3 hours no matter what the manufacturer says. ...Read more

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I have a really bad sunburn and it has started peeling and exposing the fresh skin underneath. It is swollen and extremely red in some places. How do I keep it moist?

I have a really bad sunburn and it has started peeling and exposing the fresh skin underneath. It is swollen and extremely red in some places. How do I keep it moist?

Simple Treatment: 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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My boyfriend has red bumps on his head hat can be done to treat this? He thinks it maybe due to sunburn

My boyfriend has red bumps on his head hat can be done to treat this? He thinks it maybe due to sunburn

Well: It could be sunburn or many different type of rashes. You need an exam either photographs with HealthTap type exam or in person with a primary care doctor order mythologist ...Read more

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Hello, I experience very unhealthy skin problems. My face is prone to allergies. If I shave, my skin turns rashy red. It is prone to sunburns.

Hello, I experience very unhealthy skin problems. My face is prone to allergies. If I shave, my skin turns rashy red. It is prone to sunburns.

Best sensitive shave: For sensitive skin, use a high quality 4 or 5 blade shaver like gillette or schick. Use pjur eros bodyglide as a shave lubricant. You won't react to it. If you still have trouble with this regimen, consider laser hair removal. ...Read more

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My son got severe sunburn all over his back 8 days ago It blistered all over but now gone. Skin peeling and very red. Can he swim in chlorine pool?

My son got severe sunburn all over his back 8 days ago It blistered all over but now gone. Skin peeling and very red. Can he swim in chlorine pool?

Wait: Until the burn is completely healed before exposing him to a chemical. He needs to wear a shirt as well as strong sun screen to avoid the sun. It is too risky. All the best. ...Read more

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Could I be allergic to certain tampons if after having one in for 10 minutes my skin all over starts to get red like a sunburn & my ears feel on fire?

Could I be allergic to certain tampons if after having one in for 10 minutes my skin all over starts to get red like a sunburn & my ears feel on fire?

Yes: There may be a fabric, scent or other additive that your body has an intolerance to. Look at the labeling to see what additives are present that differ from other types you have used as that may be the agent you react to. ...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 have optic neuritis (2 months about 90% vision returned). I now have a "sunburn" type feeling on my leg (skin isn't red). Could it be related?

I have optic neuritis (2 months about 90% vision returned). I now have a "sunburn" type feeling on my leg (skin isn't red). Could it be related?

Yes: About 1/3rd of people with optic neuritis develop multiple sclerosis. This "feeling" could be a manifestation of that. I suggest making an appointment with a neurologist soon. ...Read more

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Sunburned face peeled 2 weeks ago and I still have red irritated skin underneath. Using panthenol cream and aloe vera. What more can I do?

Keep the area moist: The best treatment for a superficial sunburn is to keep the area moist through the use of water-based ointments, such as bacitracin, neosporin, or aquaphor. I would recommend discontinuing the panthenol cream for now, and using aquaphor or bacitracin 2-3 times daily for the next 1-2 weeks. The redness should fade with time as the healing process progresses. ...Read more

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2 days ago I got a very. Bad sunburn On my back chest neck and headit's been 2 days and not getting better is starting to get tough and the blisters are big and my skin has dark red streaks I have a fever of 99.8?

2 days ago I got a very. Bad sunburn On my back chest neck and headit's been 2 days and not getting better is starting to get tough and the blisters are big and my skin has dark red streaks I have a fever of 99.8?

Got a bad burn: You can treat it by taking appropriate doses of aspirin. The pain and blistering will disappear in a short time. And next time use an appropriate sun block and this won't happen and you will not have to ask questions like this again! ...Read more

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Not sure if its an allergic reaction or my recent sunburn but skin around my mouth and chin is beet red after peeling two weeks ago! What can I do?

Not sure if its an allergic reaction or my recent sunburn but skin around my mouth and chin is beet red after peeling two weeks ago! What can I do?

Many causes: This is likely an inflammatory reaction following and exfoliative condition. Hydrocortisone ointment may help but you should likely see a dermatologist for a more thorough evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more

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The past two days my skin has been very red on my arms, legs and chest. It almost looks like a sunburn. Its not hot or itchy. What could be wrong?

The past two days my skin has been very red on my arms, legs and chest. It almost looks like a sunburn. Its not hot or itchy. What could be wrong?

Umm, hard to say.: Skin rashes are most difficult to diagnose without actually examining them. Is it bumpy or crusted? Does it blister or welt? Since the rash is not itching or hot eliminates many possibilities--however dozens still exist; perhaps it would be wise to have your dermatologist examine this in person. Then specific treatment and preventive measures could be discussed with more accuracy. ...Read more