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Is a bad sunburn reason enough to stay home and rest?

Is a bad sunburn reason enough to stay home and rest?

Probably not, but...: Key questions would be how long ago did it happen? How much body surface is involved? Is the skin blistered? Are there any sun-sensitizing drugs involved? Was the burn caused by the sun or a tanning bed? My concern would be if you are having systemic symptoms that the burn may need medical attention. ...Read more

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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Is sunburn the only reason you should avoid sunlight while taking doryx (doxycycline)?

Is sunburn the only reason you should avoid sunlight while taking doryx (doxycycline)?

Yes: A small percentage of patients can develop a photo toxic reaction to the sun with severe burning and blistering to exposed areas, especially hands and face. Plus, no amount of sun is safe and if you are taking Doryx (doxycycline) for acne, the acne that resolves is going to want to tan 10x faster than normal skin and you will be left with brown polka dots on your face if you don't avoid the sun. ...Read more

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How do I stop my face from peeling after sunburn? & If it peels will it be a lighter shade of the rest of my face?

How do I stop my face from peeling after sunburn? & If it peels will it be a lighter shade of the rest of my face?

You can't: use sunscreen & a hat. avoid prolonged exposure and mid day exposure. Sunburn risks future skin cancer and causes wrinkles and hyperpigmentation ...Read more

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My skin is peeling after a blistering sunburn. Should I rub off the loose skin and leave the rest alone or just leave my skin alone entirely?

My skin is peeling after a blistering sunburn. Should I rub off the loose skin and leave the rest alone or just leave my skin alone entirely?

Don't rub: any blister. Best just to moisturize the skin wel with lotion (aloe will also help the pain)l, otherwise let it alone, keep away from sun and let dead skin come off naturally in the shower. Use high SPF sunscreen in future. ...Read more

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Sometimes my skin will be painful to the touch for no apparent reason. Usually my arms. No rash, no sunburn. What could this be?

Sometimes my skin will be painful to the touch for no apparent reason. Usually my arms. No rash, no sunburn. What could this be?

Painful skin: The only condition that i know of the causes painful or senstive skin difusely (all over) is fibromyalgia. While other neurologic conditions could do through injured nerves (eg., like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, etc), these conditions affect a few areas of the body, but not all over. ...Read more

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I got sunburned yesterday and now i have a headache, my hands are shakey and my heart is beating fast even at rest. What is going on?

I got sunburned yesterday and now i have a headache, my hands are shakey and my heart is beating fast even at rest. What is going on?

Dehydration: You may be describing dehydration from environmental exposure, given headache, tremors & fast heart rate. Drink enough water to make your urine clear. If no better, go see your Family Doc or Urgent Care. ...Read more

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Think I missed a spot w/spf, got weird streaky burn. No blister or peeling but now the same spot is bruised for no reason. Can sunburns bruise?

Think I missed a spot w/spf, got weird streaky burn. No blister or peeling but now the same spot is bruised for no reason. Can sunburns bruise?

Sure: When you burn your skin you are destroying and injuring it so some level of bruising is possible. Good luck if it worsens please get checked by your doctor ...Read more

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Always feeling lethargic. All I want to do is stay home and rest. Sleep & wake up tired. Energy kicks in until evening for some reason. Whats wrong?

Always feeling lethargic. All I want to do is stay home and rest. Sleep  & wake up tired. Energy kicks in until evening for some reason. Whats wrong?

You need a work up: The list is to long. It could be your anemia, hormones from the cyst, depression, insomnia, etc. You need a general work up. In addition what type of anemia and why the shooting pains. ...Read more

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Couldn't swallow iron tablet (325mg) for some reason, kept it in mouth until crumbled then chewed the rest, drank a lot of water. Is this bad?? Scared

Couldn't swallow iron tablet (325mg) for some reason, kept it in mouth until crumbled then chewed the rest, drank a lot of water. Is this bad?? Scared

Iron tab: No, not bad. Iron can upset your stomach, so tabs are coated. But iron comes as liquid for children and adults, and it is not harmful or hurtful. Absorption of iron is only 10-20 percent. ...Read more

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Hi - I traveled recently, and after the sunburn my arms have got white spots and sometimes itching happens badly. Pls suggest some home remedy.

Hi - I traveled recently, and after the sunburn my arms have got white spots and sometimes itching happens badly. Pls suggest some home remedy.

Cortisone Cream: YOu can also apply AloeVera.
In future do remember to wear Sun Screen and Avoid 11 to 2 Sun light for prolonged period of time. ...Read more

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Large flakes of skin around lower legs & ankles for no reason, no sun burn, no flaking anywhere else. I use olivine lotion there after daily shower.

Large flakes of skin around lower legs & ankles for no reason, no sun burn, no flaking anywhere else. I use olivine lotion there after daily shower.

Dry skin: Dry skin is common. It happens more often in the winter when cold air outside and heated air inside cause low humidity. Dry skin may crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed. Bathing too frequently, especially with harsh soaps, may contribute. You can use different types of emollients or moisturizers. They work best when they're applied to skin that is wet or damp. ...Read more

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I have small blisters on different parts of my mouth. My lips are quite swollen. Could this be sunburnt lips? The rest of my body was sunburnt before

I have small blisters on different parts of my mouth. My lips are quite swollen. Could this be sunburnt lips? The rest of my body was sunburnt before

Yes ....: I am wondering about fever blisters and canker sores. Canker sores occur only inside the mouth: tongue, cheek lining, lips. They are not contagious. Fever blisters, also called cold sores, usually occur outside the mouth and are caused by the herpes simplex virus.Sun burn blisters on lips can occur, obviously preceded by unprotected sun exposure. More info or evaluation can help you sort these out ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am so tired and getting rest doesn't help?

Is there a reason why I am so tired and getting rest doesn't help?

Sleepiness: Please do a sleep study to rule sleep apnea or sleep related disorders
also rule out depresssion also
rule out medical causes as well. ...Read more

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Nale 22. At night my resting hr can go down to 50. Any reason at night?

Nale 22. At night my resting hr can go down to 50. Any reason at night?

Healthy young men: There is absolutely nothing here to be worried about. Slow or 'athletic' heart rhythms are common in someone your age. ...Read more

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Cpk level 856. I did pt for 3 days rested 3 days and did 1 day of pt and the next day i had my levels checked. Could this be the reason they are high?

Cpk level 856. I did pt for 3 days rested 3 days and did 1 day of pt and the next day i had my levels checked. Could this be the reason they are high?

Of course: The reference range is set for people who do not exercise. When i've tested medical students, essentially everybody who exercises strenuously is above "normal", with values up to 5000 in one guy who'd just spent a weekend cutting and hauling lumber and 3000 in a guy who'd just done 450 lb squats for 45 minutes. Stop worrying about this. ...Read more

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For what reason is my resting heart rate 96?

For what reason is my resting heart rate 96?

So many reasons: To name a few: stress, infection, anemia, excess thyroid, pain, anxiety, fatigue; then there are heart diseases too. Many different kinds can cause the hr to speed up. Btw, 96 is a normal rate, . ...Read more

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I am sweating excessively for no reason (at rest), am fatigued, and feel kind-of lightheaded. What could be wrong?

I am sweating excessively for no reason (at rest), am fatigued, and feel kind-of lightheaded. What could be wrong?

Sweating no reason: F21 from MA states sweating for no reason, fatigued and lightheaded. Asks what could be wrong. ANS: there is always a reason for sweating. 1. Do you have a fever or an infection?. 2. Is it hot where you are living? You need to see a Dr to figure out what is going on. ...Read more