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I have a swollen forehead from sunburn? Day 2 and now in eyes too. I have applied alo Vera and ice...anything else I can do?

I have a swollen forehead from sunburn? Day 2 and now in eyes too. I have applied alo Vera and ice...anything else I can do?

Avoid retrauma: Do not re injure this area. Put on a good sun block with either titanium or zinc. No more sun exposure until things calm down continue with what you are doing but keep anything that opens clean and don't pick at any scabs ...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 got a sunburn on my forehead. It was swollen, but now the swelling has moved down around my eyes, What can I do about the swelling?

I got a sunburn on my forehead. It was swollen, but now the swelling has moved down around my eyes, What can I do about the swelling?

Cool compresses/ice: Swelling is caused by increased free fluid in the injured tissue. In this case, the very sensitive tissue under the skin in the forehead has been injured and is now swollen. Swelling typically shifts downward because of gravity. Things that will help prevent or improve this are cool compresses to the swollen areas, and laying down so that the excessive fluid drains back to the heart. ...Read more

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My 26 year old little brother shaved his head with clippers and got a sunburn and now his head is swollen. What is the cause of it?

My 26 year old little brother shaved his head with clippers and got a sunburn and now his head is swollen. What is the cause of it?

Sunburn: Different degrees of burns can cause swelling, and even blisters, especially areas that are normally protected by the hair and would thus be more sensitive and likely to have swelling and blistering, etc. Have him see a dr. If it worsening. ...Read more

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My son is a red head with fare skin, he got sunburned today and his feet are swollen should I take him to the ER?

My son is a red head with fare skin, he got sunburned today and his feet are swollen should I take him to the ER?

Yes: Are his feet sunburnt?
make sure you take an icecube and apply it to the sun burnt area. If it is bad or blistered it needs to have a dressing.
make sure you replace his electrolytes with some think like pedialyte
calamine lotion should help with the soothing
next time use a screen with a high SPF ...Read more

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Sunburnt extremely bad. Forehead is swollen and has gotten worse as the day goes on. If I press on it there is an ident from finger. Fluid filled. Bad?

Sunburnt extremely bad. Forehead is swollen and has gotten worse as the day goes on. If I press on it there is an ident from finger. Fluid filled. Bad?

Severe sunburn: Sunburn is an injury - damage to the skin. The skin will swell and get spongy, red and warm.
Apply cool compresses and take acetaminophen for pain.
Stay out of the sun and next time, take precautions. A sunscreen with SPF 30-45 is a good idea. ...Read more

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I got very sunburnt on my face and my forehead is swollen and soft. There is fluid under the skin how should I treat it and will it peel?

I got very sunburnt on my face and my forehead is swollen and soft. There is fluid under the skin how should I treat it and will it peel?

Yes: It wil peel. Stay out of sun. Cool water. Vaseline or Aquaphor. After you heal, use a hat, sunscreen, look for shade. AVOID bacitracin, neosporin, any antibiotic. AVOID peroxide, alcohol, or any antiseptic. ...Read more

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I m 24 year old guy. My face skin is dark and I have got sunburn on my forehead, . What I do, ? Is there something to look fair. Plz help..

I m 24 year old guy. My face skin is dark and I have got sunburn on my forehead, . What I do, ? Is there something to look fair. Plz help..

Sunblock moisturizer: Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Avoiding exposure to the sun will let skin lighten up. However, one should take extra vitamin D to make up for not getting vitamin D from the sun. Although having tanned skin from sun exposure is not a medical illness, there are a few uncommon hormonal medical conditions that can cause skin darkening. ...Read more

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I got a sunburn on my forehead and now I have a bump that looks like I got hit in the head with a baseball what is this?

I got a sunburn on my forehead and now I have a bump that looks like I got hit in the head with a baseball what is this?

Forehead lump: This swelling, which is not blistering, is unusual after a sunburn, but it appears to be a collection of fluid (edema) and may be akin to Sun poisoning. Apply cool compresses to see if the edema recedes. See your physician if not improved. ...Read more

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Blisters on my forehead from a sunburn. How do I treat this problem?

See your doctor: The number and complexity of your symptoms mandate a face to face visit with your doctor. Its beyond the scope of this forum. ...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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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 have sunburn on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. It has just started to peel and it is kind of bumpy and red. What should I do?

I have sunburn on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. It has just started to peel and it is kind of bumpy and red. What should I do?

Protect against: Further injury, by staying out of the sun and using sunscreensbut avoid the temptation to cover up with makeup. Avoid breaking blisters or picking at peeling skin. Wash with a mild facial cleanser or soap with lotion. If pain or redness increase, get evaluation for secondary infection. ...Read more

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I got sunburned on my face a month ago and now I have wrinkles on my forehead. I'm 19 was wondering if they'll go away and what I should do?

I got sunburned on my face a month ago and now I have wrinkles on my forehead. I'm 19 was wondering if they'll go away and what I should do?

Moisturize, SPF: If the burn was severe (peeled) then the new skin will be very sensitive to sun. Wrinkling at your age may also indicate that the skin is dry. I would recommend a good moisturizer and be sure to always use SPF (even when you're not planning to be outside). If you repeatedly expose your face to the sun the wrinkles will eventually be permanent. ...Read more

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I got sunburn on my face. Now my nose and forehead are peeling. When k pulled a piece off my nose started bleeding. Concern?

Do not peel skin: Sunburn behaves like second degree burn a lot of time.
Soothing lotions help.
If worse do see a doc for some Rx creams like silvedene.
Do not want to create secondary infections. ...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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I got badly sunburned on my forehead and head. Could one bad burn cause skin cancer?

I got badly sunburned on my forehead and head. Could one bad burn cause skin cancer?

Not really: There is a linkage to repeated sun damage, particularly prior to puberty.One episode is not going to do it but will hopefully remind you that sunblock/headware is a a simple and inexpensive way to help avoid it. ...Read more

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I'e got a red sunburn right under my eyes and a little sunburn on my forehead too. How can I speed up the process of healing?

I'e got a red sunburn right under my eyes and a little sunburn on my forehead too. How can I speed up the process of healing?

Aloe Barbadensis: Aloe vera) can v redness, pain, itching ; swelling from burns. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial ; antifungal qualities. It speeds burn healing by stimulating new skin growth. V pain by placing cool, moist compresses on skin. Hydrate well. ...Read more

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I got sunburn on my face, mainly my nose and middle of forehead. It has been peeling and now I have DARK red blotches/spots there. What do I do?

I got sunburn on my face, mainly my nose and middle of forehead. It has been peeling and now I have DARK red blotches/spots there. What do I do?

Aloe, cool cloth: Find a moisturizer that is unscented, alcohol free and contains aloe. If you can get your hands on an aloe plant you can just break the leaf open and rub the gel contained in the leaf directly on the burn as well. Cool compresses prior to putting on the moisturizer will also help with the pain. Finally, prevention is the key in the future. SUNSCREEN EVERY TIME you go outdoors or face skin cancer! ...Read more

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Got a sunburn on my forehead that is starting to peel and get flaky! I'm putting aloe Vera whenever I can but its so tempting to peel the dead skin.

Got a sunburn on my forehead that is starting to peel and get flaky! I'm putting aloe Vera whenever I can but its so tempting to peel the dead skin.

Aloe and Neosporin: Seems like you are almost over First and possibly Second degree burn. Continue using the Aloe and add an antibiotic ointment OTC such as Neosporin to promote moisture and hopefully prevent a secondary skin infection.
If the dead skin is truly ready to fall of, it probably won't be a problem.
Probably washing the area well with soap and water will help remove the dead skin. ...Read more

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Will ice help swollen sunburned eyes?

Will ice help swollen sunburned eyes?

If you mean: Eyelids then yes; ice packs for 10 minutes will sooth it and reduce the discomfort. Your eyes proper should not be affected, if they are you must see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more