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What is sunburn treatment?

What is sunburn treatment?

Number one best: Treatment is avoidance. Other than that keep it moisturized and treat the pain.... If blisters develop... Or pain can not be controlled then see your pcp and ask for a dermatological referral. I have used silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) in the past if it is contraindicated based on burn location, etc.

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Is aloe vera a good sunburn treatment?

Is aloe vera a good sunburn treatment?

Yes: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities.

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Is there a number one doctor-recommended solution for severe sunburn you can get over the counter?

Is there a number one doctor-recommended solution for severe sunburn you can get over the counter?

Aloe and aspirin: As long as you can take aspirin, it is the best acute pain reliever for sunburn, along with a soothing gel like aloe vera. Sometimes your treatment may require oral and / or topical steroids.

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How can I make sunburn go away fast and stop from hurting, with over-the-counter creams?

How can I make sunburn go away fast and stop from hurting, with over-the-counter creams?

You can't.: Sunburn will go away when it wants to go away, and typically it takes its sweet time. Sit in a cool bathtub or apply cool wet dressings, and use a good anti-burn cream like silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or bionect. And learn the lesson: mr. Sun is our friend, but we have to respect his power. Get your self a good sunscreen lotion (spf ~50) and apply it every day, whether you plan to go out in the sun or not.

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How can a sunburn cause cellulitis and what is the treatment?

How can a sunburn cause cellulitis and what is the treatment?

Yes and no: A sunburn can open the skin barrier to surface germs that can enter the oozing open wound and cause cellulitis or impetigo. Keeping the burn clean and using antibiotic sprays or ointments can prevent this. If it is progressing, see the doc for additional measures.

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Face feels hot like a sunburn, from being too close to the bonfire? Any treatment?

Face feels hot like a sunburn, from being too close to the bonfire? Any treatment?

Burn: Apply aloe or moisturizing cream to the affected skin. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can further dry out skin. Beware of sunburn treatment products containing anesthetics, such as benzocaine. There's little evidence that these products are effective. In some cases, they may even irritate the skin. Mild topical otc cortisone cream is also helpful.

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What is the treatment for swollen legs due to sunburn?

What is the treatment for swollen legs due to sunburn?

First: take an anti-: Inflammatory agents. For Ibuprofen the dose is 10 mg/kg/dose taken after meals every 8 hrs. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an anti-inflammatory drug and it also taken every 4 hrs. It is much less doable outside a hospital setting. Tylenol (acetaminophen) dosing is 10-15 mg/kg/dose every 4 hrs.

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What is the best treatment for a mild sunburn?

What is the best treatment for a mild sunburn?

Not really: Cool compresses; aloe vera gel (avoid the ones with Benzocaine as they can cause allergic skin reaction); topical otc steroid cream for more painful burns (remember to use very sparingly to avoid potential skin damage). Prevention is even better: sun blocks that protect against uva & uvb applied b4 exposure; long sleeves, broad-brimmed hats, pants. For sever blistering, see fp.

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What's the best way treatment for sunburns?

Aloe Vera: Hydrate well, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or tylenol (acetaminophen) with topical application of aloe vera.

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I have sunburn around my lower face with lots of small blisters, a few have now started to turn white, what is it? And what is the best treatment?

I have sunburn around my lower face with lots of small blisters, a few have now started to turn white, what is it? And what is the best treatment?

Won'tGetBurnedAgain: The ones that have turned white may be infected so best to gently wash with soap and water using a washcloth to break them up, then apply a thin layer of an antibacterial ointment. If it starts to spread or increase in pain, start throbbing and feel like you got sunburned again, see your doctor. Use plenty of sunblock in the future, and add some extra to that area, it'll be sensitive for a while

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My wife broke out in a rash (face primarily) when she took nyquil. It is like a sunburn. No other symptoms...Should she seek emergency treatment?

My wife broke out in a rash (face primarily) when she took nyquil. It is like a sunburn. No other symptoms...Should she seek emergency treatment?

Likely an allergy: Based on the description you give I would think this is an allergic reaction to one of the components in nyquil. The various nyquil products contain any one or more of about 7 different medicines so it may be a challenge figuring out what caused the reaction. You and your wife are the best judge of whether she should be seen now. If this does not start to improve then you should be seen soon.

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Have sunburn blisters on shoulder they are popping been pitting the green after sunburn aloe on them not sure if ooze is clear due to the treatment.

Have sunburn blisters on shoulder they are popping been pitting the green after sunburn aloe on them not sure if ooze is clear due to the treatment.

Burn blisters: The blistering will break and clear fluid will be noted. The aloe is soothing and helps with the healing process. This sounds normal

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I was sunburned and now have a blister on my lip. Is this the same as a cold soar? What is an effective treatment? Maybe polysporn?

Sunburned lips: Lip blister is not the same as a cold sore. A cold sore is caused by a herpes virus. The best treatment is no treatment at all. Polysporin may be sensitizing to the skin on the blister.

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I have a severe sunburn and in a lot of pain. Now my feet are swollen. Should I seek treatment at a hospital or doctor?

I have a severe sunburn and in a lot of pain. Now my feet are swollen. Should I seek treatment at a hospital or doctor?

Probably not: Time will heal you. Cool water will relieve pain. Emollient such as vaseline or Aquaphor will help. Even better, certain membranes such as bioclussive are excellent for this. I have large sheets of it for situations such as this. Avoid Bacitracin, Neosporin, or triple antibiotic because they are useless and because they so often cause allergic reactions.

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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.

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Why do sunburns itch and hurt? What are the best treatments for sunburns?

You burned yourself!: As your skin is healing it is sending in fibroblasts to heal the skin. The nerves in the skin that you damaged send off pain signals. You can treat yourself with appropriate doses of aspirin. And most of all, use a good sunscreen when you go outside during the summer (an SPF of 30 or more is usually fine) every 2 hrs, oil base and even on cloudy days. Clouds don't block UV light. Enjoy your summer

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What are good treatments for a very painful sunburn?

What are good treatments for a very painful sunburn?

Aloe Vera: Keep your sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant and apply the sap to your skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care if needed.

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What are some treatments for severe sunburn with shivering?

Time: Aloe vera, Ibuprofen or Aspirin to reduce redness and inflammation causing fever, cold compresses or cool showers to try to reduce the temperature of your skin, drink plenty of fluids including low cal sports drink to avoid dehydration and imbalance of electrolytes. Invest in proper clothing, hat, and sunscreen to avoid another sunburn. There is no amount of safe sun.

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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?

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.