Sunburn

Sunburn is when the skin reddens and burns from overexposure to the rays of the sun. It can be anywhere from mildly stinging to something that a person may need to be hospitalized for. Once a person is sunburned, they almost always require additional care for relief of the symptoms. Drying, peeling, and cracking of the skin may also occur.

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Can you get sunburned in the shade?

Yes, because it’s actually the UV radiation, not the sunlight, that damages your skin. Although the shade offers some protection, it does not block UV rays entirely. That’s why it’s always important to wear sunscreen regardless of whether it’s bright and sunny or cool and cloudy.

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How long does a sunburn last?

Generally depending on your skin complexion and severity of the burn the pain will last 2-4 days, less if the burn is minor, more if the burn is severe(in which case seeing a doctor is not a bad idea). Also peeling which generally occurs with burns, will take a few more days but peeling although unsightly, is not usually painful. Treatment can be applied in many different lotions(aloe vera)/home remedies/etc. Also avoid exposures to the sun to make sure the condition does not worsen which could make the burn last a few more days. If you have blisters on your shoulders, back,arms ect. then sunburn may last about 1-3 weeks, depends on how bad.

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What to do for crazy sunburn itch?

I've read several inquiries online from people desperately seeking relief as they experience an unusual deep nerve penetrating itch after a sunburn.

My family has experienced this for three generations and when we finally found this soulution we try to let others know.

For intense-deep-i'm going crazy-sunburn itch ....get PEPPERMINT OIL. Be careful not to buy peppermint extract. You can find PEPPERMINT OIL in health food stores and natural foods stores. There are some pharmacists who know about this and carry it as well...not many though.

Rub the oil directly on the affected area until all of the surface is covered. If you can't reach...for back burns, have someone else apply thorougly.

The hands of whoever applies it will feel the cooling affect of the oil even after they wash their hands. It feels fine, not painful in anyway. AVOID any contact with eyes, mouth or nose however as they will be irritated by the oil.

This is the ONLY thing that works nearly instantly and permanently with this deep nerve sunburn itch that some people experience. One application is all that is necessary as Peppermint oil is pretty potent. Please try this. I know the insanity you are feeling if you are going through this right now.

Again I'm talking about unusually intensedeep nerve itching, not regular peeling skin itch that most people experience post sunburn. This deeper, intense almost pinching itch begins usually one or two days following a burn and those who experience it feel as though they are going crazy as it's intensity is nearly unbearable.

Things to avoid that only make this itch worse...don't apply any lotion or other oils. This includes pure aloe vera which seems to just dry it more. Standing under a cool shower spray can help as long as you are in it while you wait for someone to buy the PEPPERMINT OIL. Anyone who has gone through this knows that any relief brought by the spray of water goes away as soon as you get out of the shower and start to dry the itch returns.

PEPPERMINT OIL WILL remove the itch.

Just writing about this always makes me remember the insane feeling of experiencing this and makes me hopeful others will find this in time to find relief.

Once you've used it IT WILL WORK. You'll want to keep the oil on hand and avoid at all costs exposing yourself to the sun again like that in the future. We know two things about it...if you've experienced it once you are vulnerable to it happening again, and, it seems to be a genetic thing. About half of my family members have experienced it once, two of them twice. We don't risk it anymore. It is sure nice to know what to do about it though.

I research this quite a lot to see if other's have found this solution. I did see a few posts that have indicated that gold balm medicated powder has worked for some relief too. I haven't tried that (and don't intend to EVER be in the position to need to), but it's worth writing about any real relief as this is such a crazy thing to experience with no relief.

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What does it mean if your nose is completely red but your not sick and you don't have a sunburn?

I once had it.

Some sort of skin irritation to some food or environment.

See a skin doctor, he'll most likely give you some pills and medicine to put on your nose.

It's no big deal.

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What do you do when your sunburn starts to itch?

Clean it properly with water and apply some tea tree oil that works a natural coolant for burns. When you start feeling that now there is less redness and itchiness start using coconut oil this will help in reducing mark.

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What to do for severe sunburn itch?

I've read several inquiries online from people desperately seeking relief as they experience an unusual deep nerve penetrating itch after a sunburn.

My family has experienced this for three generations and when we finally found this soulution we try to let others know.

For intense-deep-i'm going crazy-sunburn itch ....get PEPPERMINT OIL. Be careful not to buy peppermint extract. You can find PEPPERMINT OIL in health food stores and natural foods stores. There are some pharmacists who know about this and carry it as well...not many though.

Rub the oil directly on the affected area until all of the surface is covered. If you can't reach...for back burns, have someone else apply thorougly.

The hands of whoever applies it will feel the cooling affect of the oil even after they wash their hands. It feels fine, not painful in anyway. AVOID any contact with eyes, mouth or nose however as they will be irritated by the oil.

This is the ONLY thing that works nearly instantly and permanently with this deep nerve sunburn itch that some people experience. One application is all that is necessary as Peppermint oil is pretty potent. Please try this. I know the insanity you are feeling if you are going through this right now.

Again I'm talking about unusually intensedeep nerve itching, not regular peeling skin itch that most people experience post sunburn. This deeper, intense almost pinching itch begins usually one or two days following a burn and those who experience it feel as though they are going crazy as it's intensity is nearly unbearable.

Things to avoid that only make this itch worse...don't apply any lotion or other oils. This includes pure aloe vera which seems to just dry it more. Standing under a cool shower spray can help as long as you are in it while you wait for someone to buy the PEPPERMINT OIL. Anyone who has gone through this knows that any relief brought by the spray of water goes away as soon as you get out of the shower and start to dry the itch returns.

PEPPERMINT OIL WILL remove the itch.

Just writing about this always makes me remember the insane feeling of experiencing this and makes me hopeful others will find this in time to find relief.

Once you've used it IT WILL WORK. You'll want to keep the oil on hand and avoid at all costs exposing yourself to the sun again like that in the future. We know two things about it...if you've experienced it once you are vulnerable to it happening again, and, it seems to be a genetic thing. About half of my family members have experienced it once, two of them twice. We don't risk it anymore. It is sure nice to know what to do about it though.

I research this quite a lot to see if other's have found this solution. I did see a few posts that have indicated that gold balm medicated powder has worked for some relief too. I haven't tried that (and don't intend to EVER be in the position to need to), but it's worth writing about any real relief as this is such a crazy thing to experience with no relief.

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How long does sunburn itch last?

3 to 4 days, depending on the person. A week at the most

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Can a dog get a sunburn on his scalp?

Absolutely! Dogs with light colored hair and dogs with short hair are particularly at risk. The most common place is on the scalp where there is a natural part in the coat, but also on the bridge of the nose, belly/thigh/groin area. You can put sunscreen on your dog (as long as it doesn't contain anything toxic since your dog will lick it off) SPF 15 or higher. If your dog is already burnt you can use 100% aloe vera to sooth the discomfort.

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What is the pigment in the skin that prevents sunburn?

The pigment is called melanin, and it gives some protection from the sun, but can't totally prevent sunburns.

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Can you pop Painfull 2nd degree sunburn waterblisters with yellow pus?

Pain in sunburn does NOT usually come from the blisters so there is no need to pop them. The pain comes from disrupted pain sensors in the skin that are firing nearly continually. Something like "nupercainal" ointment will take the pain away for awhile. Aloe Vera is probably the best, but needs to be applied frequently. HOWEVER, you should not put such salves on "broken skin" - which is what you would have if you popped blisters.

It is best NOT to pop blisters. The most significant thing to watch for in a burn is infection - popping blisters breaks the skin barrier and allows bacteria to enter inside the skin and burn.

IF, the blisters pop on their own or accidentally, the burn must be kept clean and as sterile as possible. Burn and/or antibacterial creams and ointments should be applied and covered with sterile bandage. IF there is sign of pus, or reddening around the edges, or it is not healing by 2 - 3 days you need to see a doctor about some antibiotics.

you can pop the pus with a needle but make sure you clean it really good

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Where can you get sunburn the skylander?

due to be released on easter

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How long does the swelling from sunburn last?

It will take a long time to heal properly, maybe a few weeks. You should not go on the beach and lie in the sun in hot weather without a high factor sunscreen. You should also keep re-applying it. You could have been taken to hospital with severe burns to your skin. It sounds very painful so go to the chemist/drug store and get some cream. A lot of people learn the hard way about this, including myself, even after all the advertising and warnings there are. You can get skin cancer from too much sunlight. Good luck, I know how it feels and you have my sympathy.

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How long does it take to get a sunburn?

You can start getting sunburn from as little as 5 minutes in the midday sun. It really depends on what time of day it is, how much melanin you skin has produced (how tanned you are) and how intense the sun is. from midday, UV levels high, and 20 degrees C, about 5-10 minutes to get a sun burn from 5pm, UV levels low, and 5 degrees C, about 30-45 minutes to get a sun burn But if you slowly tan to build up a resistance to the sun it may take much longer.

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What can you do to help blisters from a sunburn?

Use canned milk, as whole as possible, on the sunburned area.

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Why are you more likely to get sunburn in June rather than December?

There are two reasons why you would be more likely to get sunburned in the summer than in the winter. The sunlight is more intense in the summer, and also because the weather is warmer you would be likely to be wear less clothing and to expose more of your skin to the sun.

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The skin of your chest feel a slight pain like a sunburn but have not been in the sun but moves to the left side of body?

burning feeling in the skin can be nerve damage. ----

This is a question you should discuss with your doctor, as the possible causes range from just irritating to quite serious.

Insect bites, other arthropod bites, contact with certain plants or chemicals - these can all cause localised skin irritation. Vitamin deficiencies can result in nerve irritation, but this is usually not localised to one area. Various viral infections can affect the nerves, and some fungal infections can affect the skin and possibly alter sensation.

The nerve supply to the skin of the chest comes from spinal nerves that exit the spinal column below each vertebra. They supply the skin in stripes or bands known as dermatomes. Each side is supplied separately.

This means that damage to a nerve or to the spine can result in sensations on the skin. This may occur with or without muscular involvement, depending on the type of damage.

Zoster sine herpeticum is a form of shingles where there is no visible rash. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, which becomes dormant in the nerve ganglia and may reactivate later in life during times of stress, illness, or due to various causes of decreased immunity (including HIV infection.) Usually it affects one dermatome on one side of the body, and there is usually a rash made up of blisters. It is very painful. In the early stages, it can be felt as an itch, and the rash may only develop later. It could be a sign of more serious problems, and it can be infectious and give other people the virus.

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Can sodium hydroxide cure sunburn?

No, Sodium Hydroxide or NaOH is a highly corrosive substance and when it comes in contact with skin it causes severe burns. Putting it on sunburn will do nothing but make it worse.

(To see what happens when NaOH spills on skin see the related link)

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What is the best thing to turn sunburn into tan?

running a cool bath - NOT super cold as it can damage your skin even more - and tossing in a few tea bags (regular tea or mint tea for added "cooling") will help tone down the feeling of the burn itself. this is also effective for other body burns (rope/rug) as well as blisters or large skin rashes. ultimately, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! use a lotion like "aveeno baby" that has colloidal oatmeal and vitamin E to help with healing and avoiding the itch that can happen as your skin heals. aloe is good but it can sometimes create a barrier that does not allow your skin to "breathe" and can heal slower... and take some tylenol/advil if its a really painful burn, it will keep the swelling down... keeping the skin moisturized will aid in the healing process thus taming the skin's redness.

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Does milk help sunburn?

No, milk can trap the heat and can give an infection

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How do you take the fever out of a sunburn?

Sunburn doesn't have fever, but it does get hot. Try rubbing aloe vera gel on it regularly

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Should you put heat or ice on a sunburn?

Cool rags, wrapped ice bags, try to get some aloe to put on it

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Why do UV light Rays give you a sunburn?

They give off UV radiation.

It's like being out in the sun during summer for a few minutes.

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Should you go indoor tanning with a sunburn?

Tanning with a sunburn is not a good idea because your skin needs time to heal itself. If you tan with a sunburn you could cause more damage to your skin and make the sunburn worse. Most likely resulting in skin peeling, increased chance of wrinkling and cancer. The best thing to do is wait for your sunburn to heal and make sure that you use the proper tanning lotions while tanning. Indoor tanning and outdoor tanning require different types of lotions and expose you to different types of UV light.

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Why do you have a delayed reaction to sunburn?

skin tanning due to sunburn will depend on one's melanin content;

for people of color, skin tends to darken easily;

because they have more melanin pigments on their skin. :-)

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What is the skin that peels off after a bad sunburn called?

It is called blype.

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