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

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

Answered by
Dr. Sugandh Garg
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 02, 2014 and last reviewed on: Jan 20, 2022

Hello doctor,

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



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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

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