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Scalp got sunburned and now is peeling and itchy like crazy. What can I do to help with the itch and the peeling? My hair looks white from the peeling

Scalp got sunburned and now is peeling and itchy like crazy. What can I do to help with the itch and the peeling? My hair looks white from the peeling

Relax: It will resolve in a few days. Meanwhile use a conditioner rinse after soaking in shower. Next time out in your yacht, wear your HAT, look for the shade, use sunscreen spray on scalp, use sun glasses. Go skinny-dipping at night. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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How to get rid of this annoying itchy sunburn?

How to get rid of this annoying itchy sunburn?

Aloe Barbadensis: (aloe vera) can reduce redness, pain, itching ; swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory ; antibacterial / antifungal qualities. It speeds burn healing by stimulating new skin growth. You can also place cool, moist compresses over the skin. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories ; Acetaminophen can be very helpful. Benedryl can be used for itching. Hydrate well ; don't peel off any >. ...Read more

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Skin is really itchy at night after sunburn stopped hurting?

Skin is really itchy at night after sunburn stopped hurting?

Sunburn: Many times after getting a sunburn skin peels and becomes very itchy. In a more extreme case, an individual can develop a histamine based reaction to sunlight called solar urticarial. Treatment includes topical or oral antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and cool compresses. Don't irritate the skin further by shaving or rubbing the region. Use a soft towel. Can also use calamine lotion or silvadene ...Read more

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My face has come up all red and itchy, looks like sunburn but I haven't changed my beauty regime or been out in the sun.

My face has come up all red and itchy, looks like sunburn but I haven't changed my beauty regime or been out in the sun.

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. There are several reasons for this problem. You can get your answer by physically seeing the dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do you sooth extremely itchy sunburn?

How do you sooth extremely itchy sunburn?

Salve: Applying aloe vera can help. You may benefit more from salves that have Hydrocortisone in them. There are other otc treatments that have some numbing medicine in them as well. At night you might want to take an antihistamine to allow you to have better rest. You may need to see your doctor if you aren't getting any relief. Make sure you rehydrate your skin w/ water & emollients that absorbs well. ...Read more

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I've got a very itchy sunburn. Any advice?

I've got a very itchy sunburn. Any advice?

Sunburn: Tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Cool compresses ; aloe vera applied directly from the plant to the affected area. Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can reduce redness, pain, itching ; swelling from a burn. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory ; antibacterial / antifungal qualities. Hope you feel less itchy soon. ...Read more

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Skin is feeling itchy a month after sunburn, help?

Skin is feeling itchy a month after sunburn, help?

Hydrate well w water: Antihistamines can be used for itching. Moisturize skin. Aloe vera straight from the plant helps w healing. ...Read more

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What can I use to treat a sunburn-like, itchy rash?

What can I use to treat a sunburn-like, itchy rash?

See a dermatologist: Get a diagnosis. Aloe will do no more than any other lubricant. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will not help your itch. Be careful of benadryl: it is a sleeping pill which should only be used at bedtime. Meanwhile try Hydrocortisone cream. ...Read more

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Itchy rash after getting sunburned, is this normal?

Itchy rash after getting sunburned, is this normal?

Burn or allergy: Dry skin can itch and an allergic reaction to a tanning lotion can itch, did you apply any? Moisturize your skin daily to soothe it. ...Read more

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How to treat this super itchy sunburn from tanning bed?

OH YES!: Tanning beds are dangerous! Keep sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of sxs within several days. ...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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My back is itchy and it is starting to get bad and I recently had bad sunburn and I don't know how to make it stop. Please help me?

My back is itchy and it is starting to get bad and I recently had bad sunburn and I don't know how to make it stop. Please help me?

Sun burn: You need to buy hydrocortison 1% and apply on your back and try to moisturize your back with a lotion in between ...Read more

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45 year old female. Scaly itchy sunburn like rash on both sides of the neck what is it?

Poikiloderma: There are certain limitations imposed by this format which include the lack of a photograph of the skin lesions about which you requested information, So it's impossible to tell you the exact diagnosis and/or therapy, My Best advice would be to call and make an appointment with the dermatologist. There are many conditions which make neck rashes, so you need to have a dermatologist see the rash. ...Read more

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There is this mild, itchy sunburn on my arms, what should I do? If I stay out of the sun how can I make it go down faster?

There is this mild, itchy sunburn on my arms, what should I do? If I stay out of the sun how can I make it go down faster?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Hi ever since I got sunburn in beginning of july I have a constant red itchy lumpy rash which is spreading up and down my forearms?

Hi ever since I got sunburn in beginning of july I have a constant red itchy lumpy rash which is spreading up and down my forearms?

May be allergic rash: Sunburn rash should have subsided by now. It may be due to allergy or fungal infection. your doctor may decide the treatment after examining your rash or see dermatologist. Application of 1% hydrocortisone cream may help. ...Read more

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Sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160. My skin looks like a sunburn and is hot to the touch with itchiness. Should I discontinue or will I adjust to med?

Allergic reaction: This sounds like a allergic reaction to the antibiotic. I would stop the medicine right away and call the doctor who prescribed it to see if they want you to take something else. ...Read more

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At first it was just a sunburn but now painful and itchy blisters have developed all over my face. Should I worry? Are there and medicines to take?

Get it evaluated: If you have used any products on the face to treat the sunburn, you may have a reaction to them. You also may have given yourself a second degree sunburn. You need to take caution to prevent such severe sunburns in the future as it dramatically increases your risk of skin cancer. There may be some treatment options to help your recovery but you need to be seen first. ...Read more

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Why do sunburns itch so badly? Is the skin trying to heal? I had mine for 2 wks wout much decrease in redness & itchiness should I c a doc, b worried

Why do sunburns itch so badly? Is the skin trying to heal? I had mine for 2 wks wout much decrease in redness & itchiness should I c a doc, b worried

Yes: Sounds like something other than sunburn. Have you applied something to a sunburn? Something that might cause itch? Reason for Tegratol? Best see a dermatologist. Meanwhile, try a nice, long shower using Dove or Aveeno (oatmeal) cleanser, followed by vigorous rub-down using a ceremide cream such as Eucerin or Aveeno (oatmeal). ...Read more

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There is redness on the front of my neck in the shape of a lg butterfly, no blisters, sunburn, itchiness or pain, I feel fine just shakey, what is it?

There is redness on the front of my neck in the shape of a lg butterfly, no blisters, sunburn, itchiness or pain, I feel fine just shakey, what is it?

It is time for a Dr.: In a person who is "shakey", and has something in the shape of a large butterfly at the front of her neck... maybe the neck thing is not so much a rash but rather an enlarged thyroid gland... possibly with inflammation and putting out too much thyroid hormone. It is time to see one's primary care doctor, who may refer to an endocrinologist if indeed the thyroid gland is sick. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has a sunburn-like rash on her forehead that she says is itchy but no other symptoms. It just came about this morning.

My 3 year old has a sunburn-like rash on her forehead that she says is itchy but no other symptoms. It just came about this morning.

Observe her: Could it be sunburn? Does she have other symptoms? You can also try creams like aquaphor or eucerin or calendula for symptom relief. Is there rash anywhere else? Any other symptoms? If she has rash elsewhere and fever or stomach ache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, then step throat is a possibility and have her seen. If it is just a rash, observe and see if it improves or worsens. ...Read more

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What would cause a red itchy rash in my pubic area? When I take my underwear off it looks like I have a sunburn where my underwear covers

What would cause a red itchy rash in my pubic area? When I take my underwear off it looks like I have a sunburn where my underwear covers

This may be a simple: fungus infection (jock itch) but to be certain you should see a health care professional. Treatment with any of the over the counter medications in the anti fungal aisle should be effective but a health care professional may be able to provide you with a prescription anti fungal that would be more effective. ...Read more

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My eyelid looks and feels like I got a sunburn there but I haven't been in the sun. It's ]very red, itchy and kind of swollen. What is this?

My eyelid looks and feels like I got a sunburn there but I haven't been in the sun. It's ]very red, itchy and kind of swollen. What is this?

Blepharitis?: It could be a local inflammation of your eyelid, termed blepharitis. Pl see attached link for additional details. You may also have allergies whch can have eye-related symptoms. I would use Zyrtec (cetirizine) and saline ophthalmic solution to wash the affected eye. If the symptoms persist for 48 hrs, you should see your primary physician. Feel better! ...Read more

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Have red blotches on my face that started from stress due to being in middle of divorce. A tad itchy and I'm getting more. They peel like a sunburn.

Have red blotches on my face that started from stress due to being in middle of divorce. A tad itchy and I'm getting more. They peel like a sunburn.

Seborrhea: Sounds like you have seborrhea (or seborrheic dermatitis). Most cases can be controlled adequately with a good over-the-counter anti-seborrhea shampoo and Hydrocortisone cream. Stubborn cases require prescription products. Stress can make it worse. ...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