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Extremely Itchy Sunburn

Hi, I am 14 years old. I have an extremely itchy sunburn. Why is it itching so badly? What can I do to relieve the itch?
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563773 tn?1374250139
Hello,
This can be due to photodermatitis or solar urticaria. Apply a good sunscreen atleast half an hour before going out in the sun. You can take non-sedating antihistamines such as Cetirizine or Loratadine(Claritin). Short courses of oral cortisone or steroids are taken for short periods (one to three days) to settle more severe symptoms. You may take Vitamin C along with the prescribed treatment. Vitamin C is a general anti-allergy supplement. Also apply calamine lotion and a mild steroid cream on the rash.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.







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