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Skin Care and Diseases

Sunburn

06/21/2005

Question:

What should be done with blisters caused by the sun?

Answer:

The blisters are a response to way too much sun. Keep the skin comfortable by applying cold compresses. To prevent possible infection, do not pop the blisters-let them naturally disappear. The time this will take depends on how severe a sunburn you have. If you see any signs of infection or if the blisters are not healing after 4-5 days you may want to seek a medical opinion. Since one blistering sunburn can significantly increase your chances of developing skin cancer, in the future sunscreen with an SPF of 30 reapplied every 2-3 hours and protective clothing will prevent this painful and potentially health impacting experience.

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Response by:

Tatiana M Oberyszyn, PhD Tatiana M Oberyszyn, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology
Associate Professor of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University