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What is the difference between a sunburn and an allergic reaction? Is it possible to have both?

What is the difference between a sunburn and an allergic reaction? Is it possible to have both?

Can have both: There is an entity related to sun sensitivity where people develop severe dermatitis or urticaria from sun exposure. A burn hurts more, an allergic reaction mostly itches,. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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How to tell difference between sunburn on legs or allergic reaction?

How to tell difference between sunburn on legs or allergic reaction?

Hives: An allergic reaction is usually red bumpy, itchy, and splotchy. Sun burm is warm uncomfortable flat pink red and peeling. Use sun block when getting dressed each day and reapply. ...Read more

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Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods I've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?

Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods I've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?

What allergies?: What do you mean by allergic reaction after foods and also what kind of foods? Yes becoming allergic to new things is possible nearly at any age although the risk gets lower the older one gets. ...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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Can allergies cause a sunburn like red rash on body?

Can allergies cause a sunburn like red rash on body?

Possibly: It is difficult to know if the rash you describe is an allergic reaction or something else. See a doctor for evaluation. ...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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What causes the skin to turn red and hot like a sunburn, elevated heart rate, dizziness, skin itching no hives, abdominal pain? Allergic reaction?

What causes the skin to turn red and hot like a sunburn, elevated heart rate, dizziness, skin itching no hives, abdominal pain? Allergic reaction?

Drug Reaction: Adverse drug reaction (adr, or adverse drug effect) is a broad term referring to unwanted, uncomfortable, or dangerous effects that a drug may have. Adrs can be considered a form of toxicity. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes swell in reaction to sunburn or sun poisonsing?

Yes: Lymph nodes react to inflammation by becoming swollen, having said that, if the lymph nodes do not resolve within 2 weeks-see you md. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a really bad reaction to my amoxicillin and now it feels like a sunburn?

What to do if I had a really bad reaction to my amoxicillin and now it feels like a sunburn?

Amoxicillin reaction: It is possible you are allergic to the medication. Stop taking it and inform the doctor who prescribed it that you are having these symptoms. ...Read more

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I have sunburn on my face with lots of very small blisters on it. My face is also swollen, is this from the sunburn or a reaction to something else?

I have sunburn on my face with lots of very small blisters on it. My face is also swollen, is this from the sunburn or a reaction to something else?

Could be either.: You should see your doctor. It could be from the sunburn, since you do have a 2nd degree burn (blistering), but if there is also a lot of swelling, you could be reacting to something else. I recommend that you get seen by your doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Can vitiligo be the result of sunburn?

Can vitiligo be the result of sunburn?

Vague question.: Do you mean that the vitiligo which was caused by a sunburn then spread to other uninvolved areas vs a pre-existing problem with vitiligo which may spread to involve a sunburnt area which was not previously involved? ...Read more

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I read that carrots and parsnips can cause phototoxic reactions like a sunburn. Is this with raw carrots and parsnips, or cooked ones, or both?

I read that carrots and parsnips can cause phototoxic reactions like a sunburn.  Is this with raw carrots and parsnips, or cooked ones, or both?

Phytophotodermatitis: There are certain plants like parsnips, celery, lime and many others that contain natural furocoumarins (psoralens & angelicins) that after ingested can cause blistering skin reactions and sunburns if the skin is exposed to sunlight or a tanning bed (with uva light). Raw or cooked, they can cause the reaction either way. These plants are members of the apiaceae, rutaceae and moraceae families. ...Read more

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My daughter experience is excruciatingly cold and hot pain after being in the Sun too long. She does not sunburn. Her reacting lasts for several days?

My daughter experience is excruciatingly cold and hot pain after being in the Sun too long. She does not sunburn. Her reacting lasts for several days?

Sunburn: For a kid that has been expoused to a sunburn use calamine lotion, or aloe vera-based gels to provide some relief this usually shouldn't last longer than 3 days. Next time remember to use sunscreen at least 50 SPF protection and reaply after two hours. Do not forget to give them plenty fluids in this hot summer. ...Read more

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Can I apply aloe gel overnight? My fac is kinda itchy maybe because of allergic or sunburn

Can I apply aloe gel overnight? My fac is kinda itchy maybe because of allergic or sunburn

Sunburn: Yes, it is safe to apply aloe gel overnight for sunburns. If you are having an allergic reaction, however, aloe gel will not help. You should take an anti-histamine such as diphenhydramine instead which should reduce the itching and rash. If this does not help, or you develop facial swelling, trouble breathing, or the rash spreads to other areas, you should seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat sunburn — allergic to aloe Vera?

What is the best way to treat sunburn — allergic to aloe Vera?

NSAIDs: NSAID will likely reduce the inflammation and pain but probably would not offer faster healing. Be sure to keep the area clean to avoid secondary infection. Cool compresses may lessen the pain. In the final analysis, time is the cure for sunburn. ...Read more

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If carrots and parsnips can cause phototoxic reactions like a sunburn, does it happen after you get the juices onto your skin, or after you eat them?

If carrots and parsnips can cause phototoxic reactions like a sunburn, does it happen after you get the juices onto your skin, or after you eat them?

Photosensitive plant: Photosensitivity can also result from touching or eating other plants, including celery, dill, fennel, fig, lime, parsley, and parsnip, as well as arnica, artichoke, chrysanthemum, dandelion, lettuce, endive, marigold, and sunflower.4, 5 lest you swear off gardening or salads altogether, be aware that most people do not react to these plants. Essential oils of plants may be more problematic ...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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Hi, I get a rash on my cheeks from time to time and I don’t know what it is. Looks a bit like sun burn but it’s not from the sun. Iv noticed that if I drink it appears too. Does not itch and no irritation. Not allergies either?

Hi, I get a rash on my cheeks from time to time and I don’t know what it is. Looks a bit like sun burn but it’s not from the sun. Iv noticed that if I drink it appears too. Does not itch and no irritation. Not allergies either?

Rosacea: It could be rosacea, a condition where you have numerous small blood vessels under the skin usually on your cheeks. Certain things such as heat and alcohol can cause them to dilate and become more noticeable. You should see your physician since it can be treated. Several prescription creams can be effective. ...Read more

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How long for sunburn to fade?

How long for sunburn to fade?

Burn: Healing time for a first degree burn is usually < 1week. Healing time for a second degree burn may be up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you get sick from a sunburn?

Can you get sick from a sunburn?

Yes in severe cases: Sunburn if severe can cause a systemic reaction which can lead to an acute illness such as feverish feeling, dehydration, and fainting. It is important to stay well hydrated, treat the skin blisters if any and the burn on the skin. Visit a doctor or emergency room if you begin to feel light-headed, nauseated, or begin having severe chills. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...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