Follow-Up Treatment for a Skin Burn

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The follow-up treatment for a skin burn is very important to the recuperation of the patient. Learn about the follow-up treatment for a skin burn with help from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board certified dermatologist in New York City and author of the book "Skin Rules, Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist," here for to talk about how to treat a skin burn. Some people unfortunately don't listen to their dermatologists and they don't wear their sunscreen. So what happens? They get a terrible sunburn. So let's say you get a sunburn, what should you do? The first thing you should do is take some aspirin. Why is that? That will cut the inflammation in the skin. You can either take aspirin or you can take Ibuprofen, they're both anti-inflammatories. the next thing you should do is go get some milk and mix it with ice water and put compresses on your skin, that will also cut the inflammation. Then go get either Aloe Vera Gel. You can get it either from the plant and just squeeze it out or you can get unscented Aloe Vera Gel and put that on and that will really calm your skin down or you can get over-the-counter Hydrocortisone Cream and that will cut the inflammation in the skin but if you have a blistering sunburn, then you have a second degree burn, then you need to seek medical attention because that can cause scars. It can cause infections and it can cause a lot of problems. How do we treat that? We treat that with burn cream called Silvadene Cream, we treat it with topical antibiotics, prescription strength, we treat it sometimes with Prednisone which is a steroid to cut the inflammation in the skin and sometimes with antibiotics by mouth and also with special burn bandages. So if you do have a second degree sunburn, please go see a board certified dermatologist. If you have any other questions at all about a burn, go to


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