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Please advise what is the best way to heal or ease the pain of sunburn?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: Simple Care

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.

In brief: Simple Care

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.
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Aloe vera lotion helps soothe the skin or 1% hydrocortisone. Drinks lots of fluids because of dehydration from exposure, shower frequently but avoid rubbing the skin, and supportive measures like resting in a darkened room and take analgesics, like Naproxen or Motrin.
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