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how to get rid of swollen eyes from sunburn?

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My eyelids are sunburned. What can I put on them?
I spent some time in the sun this weekend without thinking to wear sunglasses or apply sunscreen to my eyelids, and now my eyelids are red and sore to the touch. Is there anything soothing I can put on them that won't cause further irritation to the area, or result in any kind of damage or infection for my eye? I am hesitant to try and speed up the healing with aloe vera gel or any kind of lotion. I'm also wondering how long it takes eyelid sunburns to heal in relation to sunburns on my arms or in other areas.

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asked May 17, 2017 in Health by Lillian

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This sounds very uncomfortable! The skin on the eyelids is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the arms or neck, and this might explain why it burnt so quickly in your case.
 
 The first thing that needs to be done is to get a sense of how serious the sunburn is. The best way to know, in your case, is probably to go and see your regular primary care doctor. Many mild sunburns do not need much in the way of treatment, other than the application of a mild skin moisturizer. On the other hand, more severe sunburns, especially those with blistering, are at high risk of scarring or infection and should be managed with the help of a doctor.
 
 Your doctor will be able to help you figure out quickly whether this is burn requires any special treatment. They'll also be able to give you advice on how to relieve the symptoms of a minor burn. As I mentioned above, mild skin moisturizers may have a cooling effect that relieves some of the discomfort. At the same time, anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or naproxen can help with the pain and redness quite a bit, as long as your doctor says that they are ok for you to take.
answered May 17, 2017 by Lane
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Will ice help swollen sunburned eyes?
Eyelids then yes; ice packs for 10 minutes will sooth it and reduce the discomfort.
Your eyes proper should not be affected, if they are you must see an ophthalmologist.
answered May 17, 2017 by Kersh
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What is the recovery time for swollen eyes from a sunburn?
Depending on how severe the burn was and how sensitive your eyelids are.
answered May 17, 2017 by James
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I got a bad sunburn a couple of days ago and woke up today with swollen eyes, why? And how do I take care of
burn too, so take some aspirin and elevate your head when you sleep, and apply frozen peas to bring down the swelling.
While suntanning causes wrinkles and cancer, and sunburn of the face, can also lead to swelling when you lay flat in bed, since eyelid skin is also the thinnest skin on your body and easily swells.
answered May 17, 2017 by Elle
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I have a swollen forehead from sunburn? Day 2 and now in eyes too..I have applied alo Vera and ice...anything else I can do?
do not re injure this area.
Put on a good sun block with either titanium or zinc. No more sun exposure until things calm down continue with what you are doing but keep anything that opens clean and don't pick at any scabs
answered May 17, 2017 by PAULH
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I got a sunburn on my forehead. It was swollen, but now the swelling has moved down around my eyes, What can I do about the swelling?
Swelling is caused by increased free fluid in the injured tissue.
In this case, the very sensitive tissue under the skin in the forehead has been injured and is now swollen. Swelling typically shifts downward because of gravity. Things that will help prevent or improve this are cool compresses to the swollen areas, and laying down so that the excessive fluid drains back to the heart.
answered May 17, 2017 by Mr. Wizard

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