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I have sunburns and my legs are swollen. What am I to do?

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Answered by

Dr. Sugandh Garg

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At July 2, 2014
Reviewed AtJanuary 9, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have sunburns and my legs are swollen. What am I supposed to do now?

Answered by Dr. Sugandh Garg


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Sunburns or solar burns can be treated as follows:

  1. Do cold compresses.
  2. Avoid going to hot areas.
  3. Do not wear synthetic clothing or very tight clothes.
  4. Wear loose-fitting cotton clothes.
  5. Dip your legs or feet in the warm saline water at night.
  6. Keep your leg elevated.
  7. Keep few pillows under your feet or keep your feet on a stool while sitting.
  8. Apply a topical medication named Locoid lipocream (Hydrocortisone Butyrate) on the burn.

Do a complete hemogram, blood pressure examination, blood sugar, uric acid level tests, and thyroid profile.

Revert back for follow up with the test reports to a dermatologist online--->https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sugandh Garg
Dr. Sugandh Garg

Internal Medicine

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