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Doctor insights on: Skin Feels Like Sunburn

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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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Why does my skin feel like I have a sunburn after prophylactic mastectomy? When will it go away. Surgery was 3 weeks ago.

Why does my skin feel like I have a sunburn after prophylactic mastectomy? When will it go away. Surgery was 3 weeks ago.

Pain: I guess you are describing pain at the surgical site. Post operative pains are normal. Some areas of initial skin numbness goes through a phase of skin nerve hypersensitivity as the numbness resolves. This is common & normal and often starts a few weeks after surgery and gradually resolves. See your surgeon for any concerns. Read more

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Skin feels sunburned after using body wash, what could be wrong?

Skin feels sunburned after using body wash, what could be wrong?

You may have a: Sensitivity to that particular body wash. If it happens more than once- would stop using that product. Take care. Read more

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So I got sunburn and my skin is coming of will the my skin be tan or be white like if I didn't get sun?

So I got sunburn and my skin is coming of will the my skin be tan or be white like if I didn't get sun?

Pale: After the top layer peals away the newer skin below will not have the mature pigment production needed to keep you tanned evenly. You will have variation from pale in the newly pealed areas to deeper tan in the areas that did not burn. It may take a year or more before your tone is even. Liberal use of a sunblock can lighten the tanned areas so the change isn't as noticeable. Read more

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What's the symptomatic difference between dry skin and hot flashes? My skin feels really hot on and off like sunburn for a few min

Hot flashes need: Are treated with hormones A sudden feeling of warmth spreading through your upper body and face A flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin Rapid heartbeat Perspiration, mostly on your upper body Feeling chilled as the hot flash subsides Hot flashes vary in frequency — you may have few or many in a day — and each hot flash usually subsides in a few minutes. Dry skin is constantly irritated Read more

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No medications. The itching is all over his body and he says it feels like a sunburn all over, and skin feels tight?

No medications. The itching is all over his body and he says it feels like a sunburn all over, and skin feels tight?

Too vague: Need more details but warrant a consult with your doctor since I am concerned that it feels more like a sunburn than just simply itching. Read more

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What would scratching a sunburn do to your skin?

Irritate tissues: It may irritate inflammed skin and start the peeling process. Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. Read more

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What are the causes of your skin to itch after a sunburn?

What are the causes of your skin to itch after a sunburn?

Sunburn: Inflammation is the cause of itching after sunburn. Histamine is released which causes redness, pain snd itching. Antihistamines and asprin therefore help. Read more

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Skin peels after sunburn go back to normal color? How long?

Skin peels after sunburn go back to normal color? How long?

Weeks to months: Depending on your skin type, it can take just a couple of weeks or up to a year for skin to return to normal color after a peeling sunburn. If you are prone to hyperpigmentation, it could be permanent. The best thing to do is avoid the sun, wear your sunscreen, and keep the skin moisturized. See your dermatologist or primary physician for a skin check yearly. Read more

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What will happen after my sunburn peels? Will color match skin?

What will happen after my sunburn peels? Will color match skin?

It may: Over time, if you don't burn further, the skin tone should return to normal. I would recommend you use a sunscreen to protect you from further damage. Read more

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If you sunburn on your face, are you more likely to gets freckle in the future cause you've damaged your skin?

If you sunburn on your face, are you more likely to gets freckle in the future cause you've damaged your skin?

Yes!: There are two basic types of freckles, "simple freckles" and "sunburn freckles", and this should help answer your question. Freckles are more common in those with light complexions, and in those who get sunburns. Moderate your sun exposure, wear a hat, and always wear good, and good amounts, of sunscreen! Read more

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I got a really bad sunburn. It has since healed, but I have a darker patch of skin within the "tan" area. Is this normal?

Post-inflammatory: Increased pigment is common after any skin injury. Protect from sun and heat. Prescription bleaching creams are more effective than OTC. Often this improves over time without treatment. Read more

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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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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