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Suffered sunburn, some spots purple, no pain. Putting aloe vera. Is it worse than a sunburn?

On Saturday I went to the beach. I wore sunscreen but missed some spots on my chest . It was sunburnt and hurt on sunday but most of it healed by today (Monday) but parts are purple and dont hurt at all. I have been putting aloe Vera on frequently. Is it worse than a sunburn? I read it might be linked to sun poisoning, is this true?
Asked On : Fri, 6 Jul 2012
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Thanks for using the HCM. I am happy to address your questions, sunburn results from too much sun exposure. Sunburn is literally a burn on the skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This burn causes inflammation of the skin. Injury from sunburn can begin within 30 minutes of exposure. Initially, the skin turns red about 2-6 hours after exposure and feels irritated. The peak effects are noted at 12-24 hours. More severe cases (sun poisoning) are complicated by severe skin burning and blistering, massive fluid loss (dehydration), electrolyte imbalance, and possibly infection. For mild sunburn, cool compresses with equal parts of milk and water may suffice. Stay out of the sun while you are sunburned. Aloe-based lotions may soothe irritated skin. Silver sulfadiazine (1% cream) can be used for treatment of sunburn with appropriate cautions about use on the face. Pain-relieving medication may be prescribed in certain cases. If it’s very bothersome will recommend you to kindly consult your physician for further treatment. Thanks
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