Sunburn is when too much sun exposure makes the skin red, painful, and hot to touch. Frequent sunburns can increase your risk of wrinkles, dark spots, skin cancer, and rough spots.

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Will I have serious skin conditions if I take the tablet Doxycycline before going out in the sun?

Query: Hello doctor, I started taking the tablet Doxycycline, and I am aware of its effects on exposure to sunlight. Today I have been in the sun for a long time, so I opted to be treated at home rather than in the morning. I would like to know if I will have any serious skin conditions if I start taking t...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Exceeding the recommended dosage may result in an increased incidence of side effects. Photosensitivity or sensitivity to light exposure, manifested by an exaggerated sunburn reaction, has been observed in some individuals who have taken the tablet Doxycycline. If yo...  Read Full »

Being appointed as a cop, I fear skin cancer as I will be working under the sun all day. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been appointed as a cop. I am happy, but I am in an increased state of panic. As I will be working under the sun all day, I fear skin cancer. Are there any tips to avoid skin cancer even though I am exposed to the sun for the whole day? What are the preventive measures to follow?...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you use a good sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 50. You can use vitamin C and Niacinamide based serums at night.  Read Full »

I had a red blood-type spot on right side of my nose that resolved in a week. Could it be cancer?

Query: Hi, Last week I noticed a small, blood-type spot on the right side of my nose. It has not gone away in over a week. I am in the sun a lot but put a lot of sunscreen on my nose. I have had actinic keratosis on my nose in the past. Could it be cancerous?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It is nothing serious. I have these suggestions for you- 1. You can use 2 % Nadibact cream (Nadifloxacin) twice daily for ten days. 2. You must use a photostable sunscreen daily at 9 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM for two months. 3...  Read Full »

What can be done for sunburn and swelling of legs and feet?

Query: Hello doctor, I have sunburns and my legs are swollen. What am I supposed to do now?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sunburns or solar burns can be treated as follows: Do cold compresses. Avoid going to hot areas. Do not wear synthetic clothing or very tight clothes. Wear loose-fitting cotton clothes. Dip your legs or feet in the warm saline water at night. Keep your leg eleva...  Read Full »

Why do I get rashes when I stay out in the sun for long?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21 year old male. Whenever I stay in the sun for a long time, my skin starts itching. Why is that?  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are most probably suffering from photoallergy. Whenever you go out, use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or more. Apply it 20 minutes before going out and then reapply every four hours if you stay in the sun for very long. Start taking oral chewable vitamin C tablets for a...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to consult a doctor for sunburn blisters?

Query: Hi doctor, Do I need to visit a doctor for small sunburn blisters?  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to To help you better, I need to know a few more details. How many lesions do you have? Also, tell me their duration and size. Are the lesions itchy? In which part of the body is it present? If you could send a photo, it will be helpful. Revert back with ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for photodermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, My father had sun poisoning three years ago, which resulted in an intense itching all over. He took a steroid cream and an antihistamine which helped to some extent, but the symptoms reoccur every summer. He has a somewhat dark complexion as he has been working in the sun for his whol...  Read Full »

Dr. Pathave Hari Shivaram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for providing information and, if possible, provide me photographs of sun-affected areas of the body to proceed with the treatment. Thank you.   Read Full »

Kindly suggest some home remedies for restoring my dark skin.

Query: Hello doctor, We just went on a vacation, where we did a lot of beach activities, and the sun was very harsh. As a result, my skin has become dark, and it is slightly starting to peel. Please suggest some home remedies or skin cream to restore my skin. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your complaints are more in favor of photo tanning. Prolonged exposures to the sun without the use of adequate protection is the major underlying factor. However, it is possible to recover the normal skin complexion by taking adequate care as early as possible. The mos...  Read Full »

I spent a day in beach and got red marks along my shoulders, arms, and chest like sunburns. Is this vitiligo?

Query: Hello doctor, After I spent a day at the beach, I noticed red marks along my shoulders, arms, and chest that looked like sunburns. After a couple of days, though those spots turned brown, and the rest of my body looked like it had not tanned. I was wondering if this could be vitiligo or something e...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have got Berloque dermatitis (those reddish-brown patches) (attachment removed to protect patient identity) due to sun exposure after some perfume or fragrance or plant contact on the skin (phytophotodermatitis) which typically causes these irregular and ...  Read Full »

Is getting moles in chest area within short period a concerning issue?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27-year-old male. I have never had an increase in moles, except for the past two weeks I have had over 50 show up on my chest. In the past two months, I moved from one country to another, and a month ago, I had a really bad sunburn in Indonesia.  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Moles are genetic collection of melanocytes which go through a cycle of emerging in childhood then become darker and fade by middle ages. In fair skin up to 50 are normal more than that increase the risk for skin cancer. And change in size, symmetry, color, symptoms als...  Read Full »

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