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Skin Care and Diseases

Sunburn and bruising

08/28/2007

Question:

I did find one entry from someone else that asked about swelling from sunburn, but I wanted to ask about bruising too. Our house guest was in the sun and his legs were severely sunburned 2 days ago. Now one ankle is swellen and seems to be bruising??? Can anyone give us info?

Answer:

A severe sunburn is often associated with swelling but not as frequently with bruising.  Depending on the amount of swelling, the age of the patient and other medical conditions/medications taken, bruising may occur.  If it does not appear to be resolving within 38-72 hrs or is getting worse a visit to your doctor is in order.

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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