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Old 04-24-2007, 04:40 AM
 
Location: FL
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Default Do I need 2 see a DR for my sunburn?Nurses enter plz!

I have severe sunburn-probably 2nd degree. Yes, I know I was stupid, did not put anything on, was on water...I am the type of person who if I want any color, I need to burn because I do not tan. I have been horribly sunburned before...

My face is red, nose and forehead have dried yellow patches...and if I peel them off because they are almost bright yellow...I feel wetness, so I am assuming they are blisters.

My forehead is swollen to the point that I noticed it, and started to ask my husband about it..."honey, I might be crazy, but...." and then he finished by telling me, yes, your forehead is swollen.

I know it's abad sunburn. But, do I need to see a doctor. I have been sunburned before; when I was in my teens I had it so bad I had the chills, and vomiting, and developed huge bubble blisters on my chest. I just know I am older now (34), and live in a different state-Florida now, PA then.

Thanks!
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Old 04-24-2007, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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Oh, mrshvo....I'd get my butt to a dr. I'm not nurse, but that definitely sounds severe. Good luck, and let us know, ok?
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Old 04-24-2007, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Where the real happy cows reside!
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Stay out of the sun for a long period of time until you are healed

Take a couple of asprin for the pain (make sure you're not allergic)

Apply a thin layer of vaseline or a hydrocortisone cream. Aloe vera gel can be used too as it is very soothing

DO NOT peel or pick the skin. Let it heal naturally. It'll probably take quite a few days


I hope these tips help you some. I'm not a Dr. but I went through the same thing a few years back and the above helped me tremendously.

Hope you feel better soon!
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Boonies of Georgia ~~~~ nuttier than a squirrel turd !
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Having lots of sunburn experience..... (I would) get yourself some Palmers Cocoa Butter . Comes in a stick form or lotion. I was told by a druggist that it also helps with scaring.
Also others mentioned some good ideas. Just know what works for me.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:46 AM
 
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I don't think there's anything the doctor can do but prescribe some ointment if it gets infected, like any other burn. A couple of benadryl wouldn't hurt.

I used to take a shower as hot as I could stand it (to open the pores,) then cover myself in baby oil and drip dry. It really helps with the peeling.

Be sure & use sunscreen next time. I was a serious sun bunny and now have 3 skin cancer scars to show for it.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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I think I read somewhere that a sunburn is basically a burn like you'd get on a stove or from a match and you're not supposed to use things based in oil like baby oil or vaseline on a burn. I'd go with the Aloe gel. It is cooling and soothing.
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:23 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I have heard really strong tea on a cloth or vinegar will help take the sting out of the burn.
I have had a couple of burns that bad. Do you have or have acess to a aloe plant? I cut one open when I burn myself it helps.
Advil help also
feel better
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Aloe spray!!!
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:42 PM
 
Location: in a house
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Originally Posted by mrshvo View Post
I have severe sunburn-probably 2nd degree. Yes, I know I was stupid, did not put anything on, was on water...I am the type of person who if I want any color, I need to burn because I do not tan. I have been horribly sunburned before...

My face is red, nose and forehead have dried yellow patches...and if I peel them off because they are almost bright yellow...I feel wetness, so I am assuming they are blisters.

My forehead is swollen to the point that I noticed it, and started to ask my husband about it..."honey, I might be crazy, but...." and then he finished by telling me, yes, your forehead is swollen.

I know it's abad sunburn. But, do I need to see a doctor. I have been sunburned before; when I was in my teens I had it so bad I had the chills, and vomiting, and developed huge bubble blisters on my chest. I just know I am older now (34), and live in a different state-Florida now, PA then.

Thanks!
OMIGOD!!!! I am a nurse - get your burned body to your healthcare person or the UC / ER. You may need prescription meds and other stuff. Do shower under cool tepid water, aloe gel ok but not alcohol based, and definitely DO NOT go out until healed. WEAR SUNSCREEN from now on!!!!!! Many cases of melanoma are linked to severe sunburns!!!!! Yes, I am excited 'cause I am concerned for you and your skin and your health. ((((worried mother hen))))
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Finally made it to Florida and lovin' every minute!
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I have heard really strong tea on a cloth or vinegar will help take the sting out of the burn.
I have had a couple of burns that bad. Do you have or have acess to a aloe plant? I cut one open when I burn myself it helps.
Advil help also
feel better
OMG, I'd forgotten about the vinegar cure. My grandmother used to do that. It did take out the sting, but I walked around smelling like a salad! LOL
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