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Blistering, pain due to burn. Redness, peeling, scab formation. Enlarged lymph nodes in groin. Normal process?

Hello, I got severely sunburnt in Thailand approx 3 weeks ago, it resulted in blistering and swelling along the whole front of my body from neck down to feet, I could not walk and was in severe pain. Since then the whole front of me has gone through the peeling process but now I am a horrible red and deep purple color and I have been itchy and have little red spots on my abdomen that when I scratch turn into little scabs. Can you please let me know if this horrible purple and red skin will go back to normal and what the rash is from, I also have enlarged lymph nodes in my groin that showed up on ultrasound when doctors were looking for a DVT, there was no DVT,

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Asked On : Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Thanks for your query

You seem to have developed severe sun burns due to excessive sun exposure.

You need to apply a topical steroid cream over the affected area atleast twice a day over the affected area inorder to decrease the inflammation.

And take some oral antihistamines like levocetrizine once a day.
In addition, you might need a course of oral steroids since the area involved in your case is quite extensive. I would recommend that you should see a nearby physician for the same.
You should use a sunscreen (spf>26) everytime before you go out in the sun in future.
Regarding a sunscreen, it is important that you should apply adequate amount of sunscreen over all the exposed areas before going out in the sun.

It should atleast be applied 30 minutes before any kind of sun exposure and it should be reapplied every 3-4 hours in you stay out in the sun.

Hope it helps

Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Sun, 16 Jun 2013
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