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Pelling skin, itching after sunburn. Treatment?

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I got a pretty bad sunburn on my back about 3 days ago. The past 2 nights (last night mainly) my skin started peeling and itching like crazy. I can't sleep and don't feel like going out in public with all this skin peeling. What should I do to speed up the process is there anything I should get from the local pharmacy?

Category: Dermatologist

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Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
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Thanks for posting your query at
I can understand your concern.

I would recommend application of cortisone lotion twice daily on the areas that are peeling. That would take care of the peeling. Also I would recommend application of a moisturizing Lotion to soothe your skin. Also i would recommend taking tab. Allegra 180 mg once daily to take care of the itching that you are experiencing.

Both of these are available over the counter.

Please let me know if you have any queries.
Take care

Patient replied :

How long do you think it will take for my skin to fully recover?

It should not take more than 2 weeks for complete recovery.

Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar
Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Diploma in Dermatology - Royal College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Glasgow, UK , 2010
Residency - DNB, Dermatology -  K.J Somaiya Hospital, Mumbai, 2009
Medical School & Internship - MBBS - Dr. D . Y . Patil Medical College, Mumbai, 2004
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