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Suggest remedies for severe sun burn on the back

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Posted on Mon, 25 Jul 2016
Question: I have a sun burn on my back from being in the sun too long 3 days ago. The sun burn has turned in
my back itching. Is this a normal occurrence and what do you recommend I do to help relieve the itching?
I have 2.5%hydro cortisone. Should I apply the cortisone ointment, go to the dermatologist, or is there something else you recommend?????
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (36 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Steroidal cream, antihistaminic tablet & sunscreen

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for being at healthcaremagic
I am Dr Asmeet Kaur Sawhney, a dermatologist.
If I was your treating doctor I would recommend you to apply steroid cream like clobetasol propionate cream or betamethasone cream on the sun burn area twice daily and take antihistaminic like tablet Chlorpheniramine 4 mg once or twice daily depending on the intensity of itching for 7-10 days.
This will resolve the burn and the itching.
Steroidal preparations are prescription drugs and you need to see the doctor in person to get them.
Besides this apply a high SPF sunscreen lotion on the entire sun exposed area at intervals of 3-4 hours during the day time.
Regards
Dr Asmeet
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Brief Answer: Steroidal cream, antihistaminic tablet & sunscreen Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for being at healthcaremagic I am Dr Asmeet Kaur Sawhney, a dermatologist. If I was your treating doctor I would recommend you to apply steroid cream like clobetasol propionate cream or betamethasone cream on the sun burn area twice daily and take antihistaminic like tablet Chlorpheniramine 4 mg once or twice daily depending on the intensity of itching for 7-10 days. This will resolve the burn and the itching. Steroidal preparations are prescription drugs and you need to see the doctor in person to get them. Besides this apply a high SPF sunscreen lotion on the entire sun exposed area at intervals of 3-4 hours during the day time. Regards Dr Asmeet