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Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Son suffers from anxiety severe sunburn and blistery rashes from sun canker soars fatigue joint pain and now leg itching resulting in rash. lupus?

Need more history: in that the above information is insufficient to make a specific diagnosis. How much sun exposure? Is son fair or olive skin? One joint or multiple? Injury or none? Appearance of rash, possible contact or exposure, history of eczema, etc. If chronic and feeling fatigued, start with a physical by your doctor and blood tests may be helpful. ...Read more

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I have sunburn on my face & chest, but the sunburn on my legs look like a patchy rash, why is that?

I have sunburn on my face & chest, but the sunburn on my legs look like a patchy rash, why is that?

Peeling?: Photosensitivity or phototoxicity are worse on the face. This is probably something else. Itchy? If you have severe symptoms see a dermatologist now. If it persists more than 1-2 weeks see a dermatologist. Meanwhile try otc Hydrocortisone cream. ...Read more

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I've had a body rash for 5 days now that looks like and feels much like a sunburn. Started on leg. No rash on face or palms. Tapering off prednisone.?

I've had a body rash for 5 days now that looks like and feels much like a sunburn.  Started on leg. No rash on face or palms. Tapering off prednisone.?

Need to see doc.: Rash that looks and feels like sunburn needs some eyes on it. Especially as you taper off Prednisone - not sure why you are taking this, but this may certainly be an underlying disease declaring itself. ...Read more

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My mum has a itchy sore blistery rash on her arms and is starting on the inside of her legs .... One dr has dismissed it as sunburn ?

My mum has a itchy sore blistery rash on her arms and is starting on the inside of her legs .... One dr has dismissed it as sunburn ?

Rash?: For how long? Sun burn happens in sun exposed parts of body. ' between legs' is definitely not sun exposed. Sounds like follicular keratitis with secondary bacterial or fungal infection. You need an anti- itch and antibiotic or anti fungal. Consult a different doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sunburn looking rash on lower legs also have lumps under my skin walnut to 1/2 orange in size now feeling lumps in stomach. My dr has no clue?

I have a sunburn looking rash on lower legs also have lumps under my skin walnut to 1/2 orange in size now feeling lumps in stomach. My dr has no clue?

See a dermatologist: You need an experienced skin specialist. Your dr should call a dermatologist to explain that you need prompt attention. When you go, be ready to provide all tests & names of all meds. ...Read more

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I have a rash like sunburn on my upper thigh area and it's peeling like one to but doesn't hurt?

I have a rash like sunburn on my upper thigh area and it's  peeling like one to but doesn't hurt?

Red thigh: An examination is very important to diagnose you and you should see a dermatologist in person.There can be many possibilities like:
an allergic reaction to some medication or food.
Dry skin,
urticaria,
hypothyroidism,
kidney disease,
and others. ...Read more

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Sun burn feeling rash between legs by knees localized in same spots on both sides, no itching, red.

Sun burn feeling rash between legs by knees localized in same spots on both sides, no itching, red.

Contact dermatitis?: Sounds like you could be having a reaction to something. The detergent you use on your clothes, a soap, or lotion, etc. Stop any new products, and go fragrance free. If you are wearing spandex or clothes with spandex, then a reaction to the spandex could be a problem, too. Over the counter hydrocortisone cream will help if this is the cause. If it does not or gets hot or painful, worse-see MD ...Read more

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I have a rash on my stomach and legs. I'm not sure if it's Lamictal rash or from the sun burn I got on Monday?

I have a rash on my stomach and legs.  I'm not sure if it's Lamictal rash or from the sun burn I got on Monday?

4 a lamictal rash,ER: If the rash is from lamictal, you're at risk for exfoliative dermatitis which is a medical emergency. If you have sunburn on the stomach and legs and you didn't get sun exposure to one or the other, lamictal is suggested as the culprit. If sunburn, it should resolve fairly quickly. If caused by lamictal it will get worse and worse; See your PCP or go to the ER for eval. ...Read more

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I have sunburn like spots on body big or small on leg and arms and it itchi. I am 76 now. lease help?

I have sunburn like spots on body big or small on leg and arms and  it itchi. I am 76  now. lease help?

Itchy spots: Sounds like hives. An allergic reaction. Probably a good idea to contact your doctor to review your health and medication to see what may be causing this ...Read more

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I had very bad sunburn on my legs to the point of it blistering and bleeding, now I have what looks like a freckle that's never been there before.

I had very bad sunburn on my legs to the point of it blistering and bleeding, now I have what looks like a freckle that's never been there before.

Wait until your: sunburn heals, and if the freckle persists, show it to your doctor. Any pigmented skin lesion is suspicious for a melanoma, especially if it is new or enlarging. ...Read more

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My husband got a terrible sunburn on his legs and feet. His feet and legs are so swollen he said it feels like they are splitting. Should he go to in?

My husband got a terrible sunburn on his legs and feet. His feet and legs are so swollen he said it feels like they are splitting.  Should he go to in?

Sunburn: There are various degrees of sunburn. There can be significant inflammation, some swelling as well as the risk of infection. He needs to see his PCP for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I got sunburned on my leg. my skin has turned slightly shiny. Is this a good sign? It looks like it's it may become dead skin

I got sunburned on my leg.  my skin has turned slightly shiny. Is this a good sign? It looks like it's it may become dead skin

Hydrate: After a sun burn, always try to hydrate the skin. Drink plenty of water. When you get out of the shower, while your skin is still soaking wet, rub in baby oil for 20 seconds, then towel dry. In addition, next time you get a sun burn, take 2 asperin (not tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen) every 6 hours for the first day. If it is a bad burn, then go see your dr immediately ...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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What helps a really bad sunburn its mostly my legs and it hurts to walk!

What helps a really bad sunburn its mostly my legs and it hurts to walk!

Nice: Luke warm. Cool shower. Use moisturizer to the area. Drink extra water. Easy to lose significant water when you have severe burns. Then ibuprofen to help with the pain. ...Read more

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I have sunburn on my foot and it swelled and so did my leg is that normal ?

I have sunburn on my foot and it swelled and so did my leg is that normal ?

Sunburn: If there is significant swelling then would recommend dermatologic / medical evaluation. Significant swelling is not normal and would signal damage to tissues. ...Read more

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I got severely sunburned on my legs saturday and now my ankles are swollen why is this happening?

I got severely sunburned on my legs saturday and now my ankles are swollen why is this happening?

Swelling after burns: Burns cause inflammation which in turn increase blood flow to the area. More blood causes swelling. Try an anti inflammatory cream and/ or aleve (naproxen) to address the inflammation. Cool soaks can help. The burn injury will take a couple of weeks to heal. ...Read more

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I was at the beach and got sunburn on my legs, I noticed this evening that if I press on my leg near my shinbone it leaves a indentation. Common?

I was at the beach and got sunburn on my legs, I noticed this evening that if I press on my leg near my shinbone it leaves a indentation.  Common?

Yes: The sunburn causes some fluid shifts and swelling or edema. This will improve as sunburn resolves. You need to take better care of your skin when in the sun. Sunscreen, cover ups, hydration. Sun burns and subsequent skin cancers are no fun. ...Read more

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I went kayaking Saturday and got the most severe sunburn of my life on my legs. It's Wednesday now and STILL almost unable to walk due to pain.Advice?

I went kayaking Saturday and got the most severe sunburn of my life on my legs. It's Wednesday now and STILL almost unable to walk due to pain.Advice?

Not much...: Unfortunately, there's not much you can do. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or naproxen can help control pain. Potent steroid creams (by prescription) sometimes are tried, but usually are not helpful. If very severe, e,g. if you develop bullae (giant blisters), for sure see a doctor or urgent care clinic ASAP. The good news is that pain should improve very soon. ...Read more

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Can I use the Lidoderm patch for a (very localized area)of a sunburn I received on my leg?I have a prescription for these on file. And feel it would be safe and efficacious to use to help with the pain for a very brief time. What do you think?

Can I use the Lidoderm patch for a (very localized area)of a sunburn I received on my leg?I have a prescription for these on file. And feel it would be safe and efficacious to use to help with the pain for a very brief time. What do you think?

Lidoderm and sunburn: I would not use it because a sunburn is damaged skin and lidoderm (lidocaine) has adhesive and has to be removed after 12 hours, so you run the risk of further inflaming damaged skin. Would use soloarcaine spray ( from the same family as lidoderm-thye are "caines"),hawaiian tropic ice gel. Do not overuse caines have systemic cardiac effects (as can lidoderm -it is more concentrated). f/u w/doc ...Read more

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Is it possible to get petechehie on legs from sunburn?

Is it possible to get petechehie on legs from sunburn?

Possibly: If the burn is severe enough, I imagine there could be damage to blood vessels leaving petechial rash. I have never personally seen this. I'd keep a close eye on this, and if seeing petechial in areas without sunburn, then rethink cause and consider lab work or a trip to the hematologist. ...Read more

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I have sunburn on my legs that i need gone fast. Is there any really fast cure?

I have sunburn on my legs that i need gone fast. Is there any really fast cure?

Can help.: I know of no magical cures but aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching & swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory & antibacterial / antifungal qualities. ...Read more

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My legs are swelling from sunburn? Already 5 days- is it normal?- will it go away? Thank u

No: Please see your doctor to find out what is going on with this problem. It's probably more than sunburn. ...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


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more