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Does a severe sunburn cause skin aging, or is it caused by long-term sun exposure?

Does a severe sunburn cause skin aging, or is it caused by long-term sun exposure?

Both!: Acute sunburn causes more skin damage, and may increase risk of melanoma somewhat more than long-tern sun exposure, which still causes wrinkles, spots, and skin cancers as well. Radiation damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so both are not good! sort of like many toxic things--a little over a long time will kill you just as dead as a lot all at once! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

Sunburn is an intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure. It actually represents the body's reaction to tissue damage ...Read more


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At what age does melanoma usually occur? Would it be highly unlikely to have it at 25? Have had sunburns but who hasnt? Never used tanning beds

At what age does melanoma usually occur? Would it be highly unlikely to have it at 25? Have had sunburns but who hasnt? Never used tanning beds

Don't go by age: If it has irregular border, inflammation, ulceration, multiple colors, partial disappearance, bleeding,size bigger than pencil eraser should be checked by plastic surgeon or derm. especially if you have a family history of melanoma or you have had one before. Biopsy should be excisional and if it's thicker than 0.5mm, sentinal lymph node biopsy should be done with definitive excision. ...Read more

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Why do sunburns itch?

Why do sunburns itch?

Special nerves: Sunburn damages the surface layer of your skin. This outermost area is loaded with special nerve fibers called c-fibers, that respond to itch. (itch is a mechanism to protect us agains insects and other minor injuries that aren't significant enough to register as pain). Because sunburn skin damage happens in this surface layer, these nerves fire furiously until the skin is healed over again. ...Read more

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Ways to treat sunburn?

Ways to treat sunburn?

Simple Care: 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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How to remove sunburn?

How to remove sunburn?

HC 1% cream: It will fade over a long time. Hydrocortisone cream (HC 1% cream) is over-the-counter, and helps when used 2-3 times a day for 4-5 days on new mild sunburns. If the skin is blistered, cracked up, or oozing, one should see a primary doctor or a dermatologist. Hydrocortisone cream is ok to use on sunburned lips, and Aquaphor or plain Vaseline can be used on the lips in between hydrocortisone doses. ...Read more

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How can I fix a sunburn?

How can I fix a sunburn?

Superfast healing: 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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What can I put on sunburn?

Aloe Vera: Depending on severity of the burn aloe has been helpful for some patients. ...Read more

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How can I treat my sunburn?

Sunburn help: I agree with dr. Fisher. Use cool compresses. Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and acetomenophen can be very helpful. Hydrate well and don't peel off any deep layers. ...Read more

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Best way to treat a sunburn?

Best way to treat a 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. ...Read more

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