Sunburn with Blisters

Sunburn with blisters occurs due to prolonged exposure or by multiple exposure of skin to the sun.

Sunburn

It is the term for red, sometimes swollen, and painful skin. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes sunburn.

It can vary from mild to severe.

The extent depends on skin type and amount of exposure to the sun. It is a serious risk factor for skin cancer.

Sunburn Blisters

Sunburn Blisters image

They are the liquid filled, small, white bumps. Basically appears by prolonged sun exposure or by severe sun exposure. The surrounding skin may be red or slightly swollen.

They are painful to touch and can be extremely itchy.

There pain subsides in 48 hours, The sunburn and blisters take upto a week to fade away.

When sunburn blisters get healed up, some darker or lighter spots remains on the skin. These spots can last upto 6 to 12 months.

Complications Caused by Sunburn Blisters

Severe Sunburn that causes blisters, can also cause sun poisoning which leads to several complications.

Sunburn poisoning symptoms includes:

Vomiting, nausea, chills, fevers, dizziness, severe blistering

If you gets any these types of symptoms then immediately seek medical attention.

Severe sunburn or sunburn blisters can turn upto skin cancer.

Peeling sunburnt skin

There’s no cream or lotion that will stop burnt skin from peeling off. This is part of the natural healing process. When skin is peeling:

  • Resist the temptation and don’t pick at the skin.
  • Allow the dead skin sheets to detach on their own.
  • Remove detached skin carefully and slowly.
  • Don’t rip skin sheets off or you risk removing more skin than you intended.
  • Apply antiseptic cream to the newly revealed skin to reduce the risk of infection.

Tanning

Suntans, which naturally develop in some individuals as a protective mechanism against the sun, are viewed by most in the Western world as desirable.

This has led to an overall increase in exposure to UV radiation from both the natural sun and tanning lamps.

Suntans can provide a modest sun protection factor (SPF) of 3, meaning that tanned skin would tolerate up to three times the UV exposure as pale skin.

Sunburns associated with indoor tanning can be severe.

Treatment

Aloe vera image used for treatment
  • Cooling skin by having a cold bath or shower, or simply using a cold damp sponge or flannel can help soothe skin and relieve pain and itching.
  • Applying lotions designed to relieve sunburn, such as those containing aloe vera, can also be helpful by soothing the skin and keeping it moisturized. Aloe vera gel is available for purchase online.
  • Drinking plenty of hydrating fluids, such as water, will cool the body and prevent dehydration.
  • Taking painkillers available for purchase over the counter or online, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to help relieve pain.
  • Remaining in a cool, shaded room away from direct sunlight.
  • Covering up all affected areas and ensuring they are not exposed to the sun until the skin has fully healed.

Sunburn that is bad enough to cause blistering may require professional medical treatment.

A doctor may prescribe special burn cream to soothe the skin and help with the healing process and may also apply a dressing to protect the area.

If a person displays any of the associated sun poisoning symptoms, they may need to stay in the hospital to enable doctors to monitor them more closely.

Treating milder cases of sunburn at home is possible. It is essential to get indoors and out of the sun as soon as sunburn occurs.

Prevention

  • The best way to prevent blisters from sunburns is to protect your skin. When you’re going outside, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Remember to re-apply sunscreen every two hours while actively outside.
  • Wear protective clothing to protect your skin, like wide-brimmed hats that shade your face.
  • It’s also helpful to check your medications before going out into the sun.
  • Some medications, like antibiotics, may cause an increased likelihood of burning.
  • Both oral and topical medications that treat acne can also cause significantly increased sensitivity to the sun.
  • If you suspect that you’ve gotten a sunburn, cool off as soon as possible to lessen the extent of the burn.
  • Stay indoors or in the shade, drink plenty of water, and rinse your skin with cold water if possible.

During the daily sun protection times, use a combination of five sun protection measures to reduce your risk of sunburn. 

  • Slip – on sun-protective clothing (make sure it covers as much skin as possible).
  • Slop – on SPF (sun protection factor) 30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. Apply 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.
  • Slap – on a broad-brimmed hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek – shade.
  • Slide – on wrap-around sunglasses

Things to remember

  • Sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes and, depending on the severity, can take a few days or weeks to heal.
  • There is no cure for the symptoms of sunburn except time and patience.
  • At home you can treat mild sunburn easily, but Severe and blistered sunburn needs prompt medical attention.
  • Excessive exposure to UV damages the skin permanently and may cause skin cancer, including dangerous malignant melanoma.
  • Each time you expose your skin to UV radiation, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

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