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My sunburn is turning purple. I don't think this is normal, what should I do?

My sunburn is turning purple. I don't think this is normal, what should I do?

Dermatologist.: If you are concerned that your burn is not healing properly, it would be prudent to seek dermatologic evaluation. ...Read more

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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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I recently got sunburn from being out in the sun unprotected for 8 hours. my sunburn was turning purple and then today is was peelings in some areas s?

I recently got sunburn from being out in the sun unprotected for 8 hours. my sunburn was turning purple and then today is was peelings in some areas s?

Incomplete question: What you described is a normal healing process for sun burn. You may apply moisturizer to the affected skin to keep it soft.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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My sunburn is turning cranberry juice purple while working, what are some actions that I can take to prevent it, help it? or should I go see a dr?

My sunburn is turning  cranberry juice purple while working, what are some actions that I can take to prevent it, help it? or should I go see a dr?

See a doctor: The sunburn you have may be deeper thant your standard red sunburn that most of us get after sun exposure without proper block, Its important to check because you must make sure there are no open areas and you should not expose this to the sun again in any short time ...Read more

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I got a bad sunburn on my shins. It's been 6 days and the pain is gone, but the burn is turning dark red/purple. Is this normal? Will it go away?

I got a bad sunburn on my shins. It's been 6 days and the pain is gone, but the burn is turning dark red/purple. Is this normal? Will it go away?

Skin rash: Your skin changes seems like normal expected pigmentation changes as part of the healing process. If you develop any redness, warmth, tenderness, unevenly colored skin lesion, please have it evaluated by your primary care physician or a dermatologist. Please do make sure to drink plenty of water and regular use of plain white moisturizers. Please use and reapply sunscreen every 2 to 4 hours. ...Read more

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I have got bad sunburn on my hands and chest. my chest is getting yellow blisters on it and my hands are swollen and are turning a blue/purple colour.

Bad burn: Sounds like you have a second or third degree sunburn. The most important treatment is aimed at presenting infection. Keep the area clean and you may need a type of antibiotic cream like sivadene that can provide some soothing relief as well as prevention of bacterial infections. See Doc for eval if severe. ...Read more

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What does it mean if sunburn turns purple?

What does it mean if sunburn turns purple?

Broken capillaries : There has been extravasation of blood from broken capillaries from rubbing the area of sunburn. The skin and collagen in the capillaries are more fragile after sun burn and will heal faster with application of biafine cream. You should also see your doctor to get the prescription and examine your skin to confirm the degree of skin injury. ...Read more

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What does it mean if sunburn has a purple tint?

What does it mean if sunburn has a purple tint?

Sunburn: Discoloration of the skin after a burn may represent the outer layer of skin getting ready to peel off. Keep the skin hydrated , avoid further sun exposure, and do not peel the skin. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sunburn and it has a blue/purple undertone, is this bad? what does it mean? It is extremely painful!

I am experiencing  sunburn and it has a blue/purple undertone, is this bad? what does it mean? It is extremely painful!

See below:: Blue purple undertone is not a cause for concern. You may consult this site for home treatment for sun burn:
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/sunburn-home-treatment#1
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I used sunscreen but now I have a horrible sunburn. It's so red, it's purple. Any suggestions on how to help reduce pain and irritation?

SImple Tricks: 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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I have a big red spot on my shoulder its been there for years it looks simular to a sunburn sometimes feels sensitive has small purple dots concerned?

I have a big red spot on my shoulder its been there for years it looks simular to a sunburn sometimes feels sensitive has small purple dots concerned?

Hard to say: It concerns you enough to ask about it. So go have it looked at. It is hard to say anything about rashes and spots without seeing them, .
Most are nothing. When it concerns you enough to ask it is beneficial to have it looked at. ...Read more

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How long are my legs going to stay red from a bad sunburn its already been 4 days and they almost look purple in spots ?

Sun Burn: After sun exposure, skin may turn red in as little as 30 minutes but most often takes 2 to 6 hours. Pain is usually most extreme 6 to 48 hours after exposure. The burn continues to develop for 24 to 72 hours, occasionally followed by peeling skin in 3 to 8 days. Some peeling and itching may continue for several weeks as well as the redness. ...Read more

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After sunburn 3 weeks ago, i got a very small, slight raised purple lesion on my forehead, it is shaped like africa. What is this?

Very unusual: This sounds like an area that was bruised or subject to a photosensitive reaction from a topical or systemic medication. ...Read more

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Across my cheeks and nose will turn red almost a sunburn look, sometimes almost purple then after a few days will peel, any thoughts?

Across my cheeks and nose will turn red almost a sunburn look, sometimes almost purple then after a few days will peel, any thoughts?

See a doctor: There are several medical conditions that can cause this. Have your doctor take a look at you and examine you when you are symptomatic. ...Read more

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I recently got a really bad sunburn on my legs. I have a few blister and they are now starting to turn purple. What does this mean? What should I do?

First degree burn: your sunburn is a first degree burn. Treat with extra oral hydration, tea and juice. Cool wraps to your legs, ice and aloe vera lotion. If you get a fever or vomit, to the urgent care. See your regular doc soon. Use sunblock in the future. Be well. ...Read more

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2months ago on sunburned my shins & feet really bad-red , purple & swollen.Symptoms resolved but now my feet & ankles swell daily& turn purple. Can I ?

2months ago on sunburned my shins & feet really bad-red , purple & swollen.Symptoms resolved but now my feet & ankles swell daily& turn purple. Can I ?

Photosensitivity: What is said here seems like you have photosensitivity, as the symptoms prolonging you might want to make sure you do not have any underlying conditons make you prone for photosensitivity and vasospasms ...Read more

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Small/ asymmetrical purple lesion and small lump (with a depression) in the same area on my forehead for 2 weeks after sunburn. What is this?

Small/ asymmetrical purple lesion and small lump (with a depression) in the same area on my forehead for 2 weeks after sunburn. What is this?

Many possibilities: Some causes of painful “lumps” may include: bony overgrowths, soft tissue masses, ganglions, fibromas, and cysts. Have it evaluated by a professional to get the right diagnosis. ...Read more

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My legs are peeling from a sunburn and the burn has turned a deep purple. Should I go to the ER or is this part of the healing process?

My legs are peeling from a sunburn and the burn has turned a deep purple. Should I go to the ER or is this part of the healing process?

Healing Process: It is probably healing process and it is not an emergency to go to ER
if still of concern consult your family doctor and let him check you ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with strep at the er. Given penicillin and a steroid. Oxycodon for pain. Should i go back to the ER (see below). Today my face and chest started flushing (parts are purple in tint like a bad sunburn) the initial rash on my thighs has darke

I was diagnosed with strep at the er. Given penicillin and a steroid. Oxycodon for pain. Should i go back to the ER (see below). Today my face and chest started flushing (parts are purple in tint like a bad sunburn) the initial rash on my thighs has darke

Strep what???: There must be more to this. "Strep" is the name of a bacterium, not a diagnosis. Strep throat? Other? Why the steroid??? Why the narcotic? These last 2 are not treatments for strep or any infection. You need a dermatologist, not another ER visit. ...Read more

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What causes sunburn like rash on chest, upper arms, and thighs which is also accompanied by purple, swollen feet and ankles?

What causes sunburn like rash on chest, upper arms, and thighs which is also accompanied by purple, swollen feet and ankles?

Get physical exam: Rashes and skin discolorations are the result of many diseases, medications, and conditions. You must be evaluated by medical doctor for this problem. Discuss any medications or drugs you have taken or are taking. This could be signs of serious reaction, allergic or immunologic, to bacteria, drugs, chemicals, or other infections. ...Read more

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Purplish sunburn / brownish sunburn. What do the different colors mean?

Purplish sunburn / brownish sunburn. What do the different colors mean?

Purple sunburn: Purplish or brownish look to sunburn is a function of your baseline skin color and the extent of your sunburn. I recommend you see your physician for visual evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I got sunburnt my forehead was turning yellow, and my shoulders were purple, I'm using Neosporin for my forehead, do you think that will help?

Avoid neosporin: Neosporin is an antibiotic cream, not for treating sunburn. You may also sensitize the skin if you use neosporin. Instead use Aloe Vera gel on your sunburn. Use sunscreen to prevent future sunburns. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my suburn turns purple-ish and hasn't gone away after a week?

What does it mean if my suburn turns purple-ish and hasn't gone away after a week?

If no itch nor pain,: And if it looks dry without any skin swelling, it may be on its way to healing. Rashes are difficult to describe in words, so patients usually need to have a doctor look at the skin. One should be sure to use moisturizers that contain sunscreen. (Avoiding exposure to the sun should let skin lighten up. However, one should take extra vitamin D to make up for not getting as much vitamin D from sun.) ...Read more

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Why would it be that my sunburn is turning black and blue?

SImple basic care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area which has coloration. 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 help. ...Read more

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My bf has sunburn on his back turning into small blisters hes tried aloe vera,cool showers, soothing gel [lidocaine] nothing helps any suggestions??

My bf has sunburn on his back turning into small blisters hes tried aloe vera,cool showers, soothing gel [lidocaine] nothing helps any suggestions??

Time: over-the-counter pain reliever can help with pain. Lots of moisturizer to help repair the skin. Other than that only time to let the skin heal. Hope this is helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more