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Q. How to treat sunburn injury?

Answered by
Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 24, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 27, 2019

Hi doctor,

I got a very bad sunburn on my left leg about a week ago. I am almost certain it was a second degree even though it did not blister. It was very red and hurted for at least three days. My ankle was swollen for two days as well. I am much worried about it as I am on holiday and did not seek medical advice and also did not wrap it with a bandage. It has healed quite a lot, but now it is starting to scab around the edges and some skin is turning shiny. I am worried about the scarring. I have attached photos for your reference. The white stripe across is where I was wearing a plaster. The area has now become itchy. I just do not know what to do. Please help.

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology


Welcome to

I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and do understand your concern

Probable diagnosis:

Photocontact dermatitis.

Treatment plan:

1. You can take antihistamines like tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg twice daily.
2. A combination of steroid like Clobetasol and antibiotic like Fusidic acid to be applied over it twice daily for one week. This will help in relieving irritation and also minimize scarring.

Preventive measures:

1. Sun protection.
2. Avoid using soap over this area for a week. You can apply Calamine lotion as soothing agent.
3. Apply emollients like Cetaphil Dam lotion twice or thrice a day.

Regarding follow up:

Revert back after a week to a dermatologist online.--->

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