Sunburn Medical Treatment
The medical treatment for sunburn is similar to the home remedies. They are
all designed to decrease inflammation and pain.
- If the patient's case is mild and not life-threatening, the doctor may suggest plenty of fluids, aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs).
- Additional topical measures such as cool compresses, Burow's solution soaks, or high-quality moisturizing creams and lotions may be
- If the patient's case is severe enough, oral steroid therapy
(cortisone-like medications) may be prescribed for several days. Steroid creams placed on the skin show minimal to no benefit
for sunburn, but may be helpful for sun rash. Consult a physician.
- Stronger pain-relieving medication may be prescribed in certain cases.
- If the patient has blistering, steroids may be withheld to
avoid an increased risk of infection. If the patient is dehydrated or suffering from
heat stress, IV fluids will be given, and
the person may be admitted to the hospital. People with very severe cases may be transferred to
a hospital burn unit.
Silver sulfadiazine (1% cream, Thermazene) can be used for treatment of
sunburn. Do not use on the face.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/14/2015
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