How to Heal Sunburn

20 07 2010

Four experts give their opinions on sunburn treatments.

One Common Problem — Four Expert Solutions.

The Dermatologist
Take an anti-inflammatory in the first 12 hours to reduce the ultimate damage and ease pain. See a doctor if you’ve got swelling or blisters, or if you feel sick. He may give you antibiotics to ward off infection. If not, stick to the pain pills, moisturize your skin and try soothing cold compresses. One bad burn boosts the risk of skin cancer, so see a dermatologist for skin checks.

David E. Bank, MD,
Director, Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery,
Mount Kisco, New York

The Plastic Surgeon
Treat symptoms with cold compresses and a moisturizer. Avoid the sun, or cover your burn when you do go out. If skin starts peeling, leave it alone, since picking it off can lead to bleeding and scars. If you notice either, wait 6 to 12 months to let the skin heal. Then a doctor may treat it with a chemical peel.

Rod Rohrich, MD,
Chairman of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,
Dallas, Texas

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