Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sun Poisoning Treatment

Treatment for first degree sunburn may include cool compresses or baths, aloe, moisturizing cream, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for second degree sunburn may also include protection for unruptured blisters, removal of ruptured blisters, antibiotic ointment, and narcotic pain medication.

Specific treatment for first degree sunburn may include:

Specific treatment for second degree sunburn may also include:

Sun Poisoning Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a sunburn:

Sun Poisoning Tetanus

A second degree burn from a sunburn may require treatment to prevent tetanus. Most children born in the US have received three tetanus shots (boosters) in the past, because these boosters are part of the usual vaccination schedule. Additional tetanus boosters are given every 10 years.

Those who require treatment to prevent tetanus include:

Treatment Options

Tetanus Vaccine and TIG Recommendations
HistoryClean, Minor WoundOther Wounds
< 3 boostersgive Tdgive Td + TIG
3 boosterspossible Tdpossible Td

Clean and minor wounds may need a booster if it has been more than 10 years since the last tetanus vaccine. Other wounds may need a booster if it has been more than 5 years since last tetanus vaccine.

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Sun Poisoning References
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