Suggest remedy for sunburn on leg
A first degree burn due to sun should take about a week to resolve
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I am Dr.Kakar (Dermatologist). I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern.
A sunburn which has just erythema/ redness without blisters is a first degree burn. It is superficial process with capillary dilations and increase in blood circulation giving rise to redness and warmth. There might be some pain as well.
Hydrocortisone is a mild topical steroid and its purpose is to reduce discomfort, inflammation and redness in a sunburn and to help faster resolution of a sunburn. If you have pain, you may take a tablet of acetylsalicylic acid i.e aspirin 325 mg, twice or thrice daily for 2-3 days.
The redness, swelling and discomfort should reduce in next 3-5 days of hydrocortisone application and there might be some post-inflammatory desquamation which should resolve in 2-3 days; the whole process taking about a week.
Use a moisturiser once desquamation starts.