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What are some good sunburn treatments?

What are some good sunburn treatments?

Sunburn: First, don't get it, you know how that works. Next use Ibuprofen 600mg three times a day. Decaspray (rx) helps a bit. Silvadene oint is a standard in the us for 2nd degree burns. Unpasturized honey is also published as a therapy. ...Read more

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

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 ...Read more

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What's the best way treatment for sunburns?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for severe sunburn with shivering?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more