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Got really bad sunburn because I didn't use sunscreen. What should I do?

Got really bad sunburn because I didn't use sunscreen. What should I do?

Stay hydrated: Plenty of fluids, ibuprofen, and moisturize your skin a ton. Use something like eucerin after showering. In the future use sunscreen daily. ...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


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I still get sunburned even though I wear sunscreen and am tanned enough. What gives?

I still get sunburned even though I wear sunscreen and am tanned enough. What gives?

What is the SPF: Of your sunscreen? Have you tried 50 or 70? How often do you apply it? Usually needs to be reapplied through the day. Do you use clothing as protection as well? See you live in Florida - there can be some pretty intense sun rays there. Protect better. Take care. ...Read more

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I tanned outside in the sun today for 50 minutes. I used no sunscreen and got no sunburn. Is this still risky rven without sunburn?

I tanned outside in the sun today for 50 minutes. I used no sunscreen and got no sunburn. Is this still risky rven without sunburn?

Yes: You can, depending on your skin tone, get lots of sun before you burn. Any excessive sun exposure will, long term increase your risk of skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen if you're going to be out for an extended period of time. ...Read more

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How dangerous is that my ex husband doesn't put sunscreen/block our fair skinned child? This has resulted in 2nd degree sunburns and has gone on for t

How dangerous is that my ex husband doesn't put sunscreen/block our fair skinned child? This has resulted in 2nd degree sunburns and has gone on for t

Dangerous: This is extremely dangerous. You must insist on his application of sunscreen, your suns long-term skin protection is a must. ...Read more

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How does sunscreen prevent sunburns?

How does sunscreen prevent sunburns?

Sunscreen: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent the uv rays from getting to the skin. I recommend the physical blocks (zinc and titanium) because they have a very good safety profile and work very effectively. If you are going to be in the sun - use a minimum of SPF 15 - follow product directions. ...Read more

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In what ways does sunscreen slow down and prevent sunburns? |

In what ways does sunscreen slow down and prevent sunburns? |

Blocks radiation: Sunblock or sunscreen will interfere with penetration of harmful ultraviolet radiation which has the potential to cause genetic mutations that may lead to skin cancer. ...Read more

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I've had a sunburn through the summer & it's all patchy because of the sand and missing certain spots with sunscreen. Is this dangerous?

I've had a sunburn through the summer & it's all patchy because of the sand and missing certain spots with sunscreen. Is this dangerous?

Normal Process: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells may or may not return to the area and give it the brownish or lack of coloration you see. There might be some changes as the injury matures. ...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 had white spots from a previous sunburn. Went out and even with sunscreen they got burned again. Now I have tiny bumps on where I got burned. Help?

Help?: You have blisters from being burned. You need to let your skin heal. No potions. Time and staying out of the sun while healing is indicated here. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son is very fair skinned and got a pretty red sunburn today. Used spray sunscreen. What's best way to treat sunburn for kids?

My 3 year old son is very fair skinned and got a pretty red sunburn today. Used spray sunscreen. What's best way to treat sunburn for kids?

Pain relief.: The redness should fade over the next day. You can apply cool compresses for relief of the discomfort and give him Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for the pain. Also make sure he drinks plenty of fluids, since he may also be somewhat dehydrated from the heat of the sun. If the burn is blistering, you should call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I got sunburn today, despite repeated sunscreen applications. But also developed blotchy red spots on my sides. Should I be concerned?

Drug eruption.: This sounds more like a reaction to one of the 3 drugs you are taking, any one of which can cause a rash that can mimic a sunburn. Try otc Hydrocortisone cream; if it persists or worsens, ask your doctor about stopping or substituting your medications. ...Read more

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Skin cancer from to much sun? I go outside in the direct sun with no sunscreen daily for 30 minutes but never got sunburned. Is this safe?

Skin cancer from to much sun? I go outside in the direct sun with no sunscreen daily for 30 minutes but never got sunburned. Is this safe?

Protection better: Whether you develop skin cancer is related to multiple factors, including sun exposure, use of sunscreen, family history, and your own genetic risk factors. The sun exposure that you described sounds minimal, but it us always good to reduce her risk factors as much as possible. ...Read more

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Hi. I've notice several white spots on my skin after sunbathing. I use sunscreen + had not had sunburn. Size varies they're symmetrical. No Itching?

See Your Doctor: Sun exposure causes production of the pigment Melanin which both darkens the skin (tanning) and absorbs harmful UV radiation. Certain medical conditions can impair the skin's ability to tan. Additionally minor skin trauma, rashes, infections, & more may cause temporary lack of tanning in affected areas with recovery over time. See your doctor for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. ...Read more

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I put sunscreen on my forehead and went in the pool now it hurts like a sunburn but its not burnt, its red itchy and has bumps.?

I put sunscreen on my forehead and went in the pool now it hurts like a sunburn but its not burnt, its red itchy and has bumps.?

Skin irritant: It could be a reaction from the sunscreen and possibly any chemicals that were in the pool. It doesn't sound like a sunburn. Did you place the sunscreen anywhere else on your body, and did you get a rash? Best thing to do is just leave it alone. You can try some of the otc itch cream, some cool packs if it's really itchy. If no improvement in a few days, you should see your doc! ...Read more

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I use sunscreen& either burn or breakout. Use fluticasone propionate cream, calamin lotion, lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) cream on sunburn? If not wants good to use?

I use sunscreen& either burn or breakout. Use fluticasone propionate cream, calamin lotion, lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) cream on sunburn? If not wants good to use?

Apply cool...: ...Washcloths often, and take Ibuprofen to decrease the pain and inflammation. If you burn after applying a sunscreen, you are not using one that is strong enough, or applying it often enough. Breakouts are usually from the vehicle. So choose a spray or thin lotion with a high spf (55 or higher) and apply it often while you are in the sun. ...Read more

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Why do I get sunburnt everytime I go out even if I use sunscreen?

Why do I get sunburnt everytime I go out even if I use sunscreen?

Use better sunblock: Sunblock and sunscreen are part of a strategy to reduce uv sun damage. I recommend a broad spectrum sun block spf 30 or higher. Keep in mind you need to reapply each 3-4 hours as indicated on the product. In addition avoid peak sun from 11am-2pm and use physical protection with wide brim hat. If you are very fair skin and blonde you are more susceptible to burning. ...Read more

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How do you treat a sun burn while still being in the sun? Will adding sunscreen help?

How do you treat a sun burn while still being in the sun? Will adding sunscreen help?

Avoid the sun: You must stop the burning in order to heal. A sunscreen will help protect you from further sun, but it is not very good protection. The key to heal is sun avoidance, not sunscreen. You will need to moisturize your burn and keep it out of the sun. In the future, use an spf of no more than 50 and one that contains a metal such as zinc or titatnium oxide and wear a wide-brimmed hat. ...Read more

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I live in the UK. Went out in the sun for about 50 minutes without sunscreen my skin felt hot bt didn't get sunburnt. Does this increase cancer risk?

Sun Screen: It is doubtful that this one exposure will cause any significant problems -especially since there was no sunburn. However, to minimize risk would recommend regular use of sun screen applied at least 20 minutes before going out. Take care. ...Read more

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I was sunburnt yesterday quite badly. Even after using and reapplying sunscreen. I'm in a lot of pain. My legs being the worst. I'm to the point I can?

Sunburn.: If the pain is really that bad, and especially if you are starting to notice blisters, you need to be seen right away by a doctor, This suggests that you may have a second degree burn, the depth of which greatly inflames the nerve endings in the skin, causing exquisite pain and sensitivity to touch. I would get to an urgent care center right away. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use sunscreen lotion when you allready have sun burn or other skin problems?

Is it safe to use sunscreen lotion when you allready have sun burn or other skin problems?

Sunscreen ; Sunburn: As your skin is injured with sunburn, its best to test any product on a small spot first to see if your skin will react in any undesirable way. If there is no reaction, you should be able to apply the product to your skin for sun protection. But if your sunburn is really bad, best to just stay out of the sun. ...Read more

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Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Sunburn prevention: Don't forget sunglasses, and to avoid exposure between 10AM-4PM. Umbrellas help, too. Remember the shade moves with the sun, especially if a child is in a shaded stroller. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/sunburn/basics/prevention/con-20031065 ...Read more

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I forgot my sunscreen and did get sunburnt! On one of my arms, I have white/color of my previous skin color spots scattered. Should I be worried?

Sunburn: A single burn should not be of major concern, usually it is repeated burns. But from now on always carry sunscreen. Below are some recommendations on skin cancer and how to treat a burn

https://www. Asds. Net/SkinCancerInformation. Aspx

http://www. Skincancer. Org/prevention/sunburn/five-ways-to-treat-a-sunburn ...Read more