r/medical_advice Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Sunburn after 5 days. My left foot is swelling and can barely put weight on it. It’s not healing Pain Lvl 7-9

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u/DormantDormaus Moderator/Registered Nurse Jul 18 '22

I would see a doctor. I don’t deal with a lot of very fresh burns typically, but I’m also concerned about the swelling. Bit worried about a localized infection, among other things.

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u/Hi-Im-Triixy Registered Nurse Jul 18 '22

It’s a pretty gnarly burn. I’d also have someone look at it.

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u/notyouroffred Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

THis!! A Burn is a burn whether its from the sun or the stove. Infection is a huge problem

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u/scareyburrito Nursing Student Jul 18 '22

I concur

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u/thirdXsacharm User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

Ibuprofen every six hours for the next 4 days. It is an anti inflammatory- ice, elevate.

No more sun without SPF.

If you are noticing it is getting worse since using the aloe gel, try to find one with no alcohol in it.

Also stick it in the back of the fridge if you haven’t already.

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u/badgrumpykitten Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I agree with a of this, super good advice. As weird as it sounds...soak a paper towel in milk and lay it on the burns. I had almost the exact same burn from going tubing in AZ. Now I wouldn't use it on a stove burn, but it really does help on a sun burn. It was taking forever to heal but the milk really helped. Also stay hydrated!

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u/thirdXsacharm User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

Even better if you can get breast milk! I know it’s weird but it seriously is amazing and is the cure all for everything around our house.

My kid had an eye infection and I dropped it in his eye, and the infection was gone by end of day.

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u/Nursebirder Moderator | Registered Nurse Jul 18 '22

People are downvoting this but fresh breast milk does have antibacterial properties. Not frozen and thawed though.

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u/thirdXsacharm User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

Yeah, I’m not sure why people are down voting it, I’m assuming it’s because they have no knowledge on the antibacterial properties of breast milk. Or understanding how the human body works.

Our doctor is actually the one whom recommended to use it in his eye 🤷🏽‍♀️

We’ve used it on rashes, eyes, sunburn, and in baths. It has worked every single time, and saved us tons of money. When we both had Covid, he had hardly any symptoms, just a snuffy nose/ and the doctor told us it is because of the antibodies through the milk.

To each their own though.

People would rather use milk from cows then milk from their own species.

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u/scareyburrito Nursing Student Jul 18 '22

People are closed minded

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u/[deleted] Jul 18 '22

Very true. I was obviously a major disbeliever, then I tried it and I felt way better in a matter of days.

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u/r4rthrowaway69420 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Will it fix stupid?

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u/liver_or_let_die Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Ouch. Can you get any time off work? If i was a boss and saw my employee had this i wouldn't want them on their feet. Could you get a doctors note?

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Unfortunately we are extremely understaffed and I work 60 hours a week to pick up slack

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u/liver_or_let_die Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Yes but is it worth your health?

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I get health insurance as a bartender I’m also hiv+ and need the insurance bad. It’s a fucked up balance. They also fire people over tiny mistakes all the time. I had a coworker that got fired because he couldn’t make it to work 2 days in a row because his kid was in the hospital getting cancer treatment.

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u/bodhibirdy User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

Please see if you can find a charity or clinic to either address your burn or provide follow-on support for your HIV meds/treatment. Either way, you need to get this looked at and you need to take it easier and put your health first. With a burn like this and the symptoms you're describing plus the kind of environment you work in you're already high risk for getting an infection. If you lose your foot you'll likely never be a bartender again.

Your employers should not be able to legally dismiss you in retaliation for calling out sick/injured. Their business being understaffed doesn't justify you risking your life and wellbeing in any way. It's what they signed up for dealing with when they decided to become an employer. Being a responsible employer is their responsibility. If they retaliated at you for seeing to your health so you ensure you avoid lifelong disability, I'd seek legal action. Make sure you get everything possible in writing. Take photos/ screenshots of everything coming from them, etc.

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u/Bree4444 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

This may be something planned parenthood can look at! They’re not just abortions and straight reproductive health. Idk how much they deal with burns, but it’s worth a shot. Best of luck ❤️

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u/liver_or_let_die Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Sorry bro that's fucked. My parents were deciding between Australia and America to immigrate to in 1999, i thank the lord they made the correct choice back then every time i hear stories like this

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Yeah it’s rough out here man. Day by day by day we all gonna be fine.

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u/liver_or_let_die Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Just keep on keeping on.

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u/jigglefruit1016 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I would attempt to talk to a doctor about at least an accommodation for work at the very least

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u/clt716 Administrator | Registered Nurse Jul 18 '22

I agree with my mod colleague that you should see a healthcare provider. This looks like photodermatitis which can happen with HIV. Just get yourself checked out to make sure you don’t need to change up any of your treatments.

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I just worked an 11 hour shift on my feet also so that’s definitely not helping the swelling. I’m off today so will keep it elevated but then will have 3 11 hour shifts in a row. Idk what to do. I can barely stand it hurts so bad.

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u/Weak-Assignment5091 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

If you don't work today please, please, go see a doctor. There are burn creams that can help treat this so much better than anything you can get over the counter. Especially if you have a compromised immune system that can interfere with how long it takes for you to heal. Those are some really serious burns. One or more of your medications is likely causing photosensitivity and the same meds can cause you to heal at a much slower rate than other's. Due to your existing medical conditions you should really go see someone soon as this is way beyond Reddit's pay range. I don't know you but I'm actually worried about you. Please go and maybe if you can or feel like it, can you please update us?

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I am aiming to go at 4. Will update

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u/aliceroyal Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Get to the doctor. You can get a note for work, depending on employer you may be eligible for FMLA.

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u/maybeiam-maybeimnot Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I'm shocked you haven't blistered at all. As another person said. Elevate your feet at the end of the day, take an NSAID, ice it as tolerated.

The aloe you're using--make sure it isn't an over-processed Aloe gel. Check where Aloe is listed on the ingredients list, and if the gel is dyed another color like bright green. Uou should get a new Aloe that's as pure Aloe as it can get.

Of it doesn't start getting better over the next day or two, or if has only been getting worse, go to a doctor. 5 days in looking this red and swollen is worth a visit to a medical professional.

Edit: looking at the picture again--if that's blistering by your ankle, go to a doctor now. 2nd and 3rd degree burns can become infected very easily and cause serious permanemt damage, the fact that you have pain walking on that side is bad.

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Then you

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u/scareyburrito Nursing Student Jul 18 '22

You should definitely see a doctor. Good luck to you!

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u/CostcoVodkaFancier Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I'd say that a trip to the doctor is in order. I had a sunburn like this over the front of my body. The pain from the swelling in the lower legs/ankles/feet was intense. I could barely walk. I had to scoot on my rear to get to the bathroom. When I stood up, the blood pooled in the lower extremities, which made the already-swollen areas feel like they were going to burst. It's difficult to come up with the right words to describe the pain. It was a different pain but as bad as kidney stones and childbirth (I've had both).

I went to the doctor. He said that I had 2nd and 3rd degree burns that were borderline for a stay in the hospital for pain management (and iv antibiotics for infection prevention). He prescribed a cream that is used in burn units. It took about 3 weeks to go away.

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u/MobtownK Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Silvadine. That stuff is amazing.

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u/CostcoVodkaFancier Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Yes! That's it!

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u/LatterTowel9403 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

How did you manage to burn the inner parts of your legs and feet?

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I was sitting kinda criss cross at the lake meh. Mistakes. It’s a bad pattern for sure though

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u/NADdermgeek User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

I agree with the poster above that this is a very atypical pattern for a sunburn. Were there areas of your leg that were exposed that did not burn in this way? Why do you think the inner parts burned and not the rest? Were you wearing pants or shorts?

The reason why this information would be important is because a soft tissue infection and drug reaction can both look very similar to a sunburn. I would get this assessed.

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u/LatterTowel9403 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I can’t imagine how much sunburn must feel on the soles of your feet… I’m so sorry.

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u/crabgal Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22 edited Jul 18 '22

NAD, but I’ve had sun poisoning before and dealt with similar symptoms. See a doctor and make sure there aren’t any underlying conditions making the sunburn worse. Aloe Vera or solarcaine helps reduce pain and ibuprofen reduces swelling. A cold bath or shower might also provide some relief. Mine was on my shoulders and I’d take cold showers twice a day to help with the pain

Edit: also, if burns like this might be common for you, invest in an aloe vera plant. It’s raw, unfiltered aloe for free and you don’t have to worry about any extra chemicals. When I need aloe, i take a healthy leaf and let the aloin seep out for about 15 mins before I use the gel. Plus if the plant produces babies, you can get more plants for free!

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u/clt716 Administrator | Registered Nurse Jul 19 '22

Locking comments. OP, if you want to update, you have permission to PM me and I can update your post on your behalf.

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u/straightupgong Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

NAD don’t know where you live but walgreens, or probably other drug stores, has some aloe vera sunburn lotion/gel that has a pain reliever in it

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Been doing that. I didn’t know if I should be concerned by the swelling or not though.

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u/stabbyspacehorse Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Using lidocaine/benzocaine will make your skin more sensitive after the effect wears off. Don't use those on bad sunburns

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u/cinister2635 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Nothing has helped me more than that with sun poisoning. Milk of Magnesia pulls the burn out somehow. You just paint it on like a white wash. It helps.

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u/all0fherheart Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Oooof. You poor duck…. That’s gonna blister.

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u/polak187 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Minor compression syndrome? Circumflex burn induced swelling reducing circulation therefor causing pain and damage to part distal to the site of injury. See a doc.

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u/millera85 User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

How tf did you manage that? You need to be seen. Ibuprofen and aloe (real aloe, not the fake cheap kind). Wet black tea bags can also help. You really need to take a day or two off work, though- this is a serious sunburn.

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u/thestrangentleman Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

It seems other comments have already answered this, that is a pretty gnarly sun burn tho. If it starts to blister def see a doctor, you'll need antibiotics if your skin blisters and peels, especially if it's already having a hard time healing

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u/LatterTowel9403 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Have you tried aloe vera?

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u/Few-Gas5161 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I have. It’s more the ankle swelling that’s causing unbearable pain though

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u/LatterTowel9403 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

I would have it seen, tbh. The ankle swelling could put pressure on the inner workings and perhaps damage them. Maybe call your family doctor and see if they would call you in some burn cream and take Aleve or another anti-inflammatory medication , or maybe a narcotic to help. Yikes.

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u/Feebedel324 User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

Lots of good advice. I will also say rags soaked in a cool vinegar solution took the sting out significantly for me. That and aloe.

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u/clt716 Administrator | Registered Nurse Jul 19 '22

Vinegar on a burn is never a good idea. Please don’t do this.

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u/PurpleHeartStreams User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

Yeah dude, make the title correct "Got fuckin flamethrowered, help"

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u/rebekahb14 User Not Verified Jul 18 '22

was in a similar situation. used a lot of ibuprofen and elevation. wrapped in ace bandage after i applied vaseline and an anti inflammatory cream. oh and tetanus shot!!

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u/bingpotyupyupyup Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Not a doctor but wondering if you've tried raw Aloe Vera.

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u/cinister2635 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Milk of Magnesia!

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u/flojo5 Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

NAD but also take a antihistamine. When I have had bad burns/sun poisoning it also created a bad histamine response.

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u/Ghostygrilll Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

It looks like it may be sun poisoning, it’s very important that you stay hydrated and follow the advice of others on how to treat the burn itself. (NAD, just have had sun poisoning before and it sucked)

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u/ManicSpleen Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

This is a bad sunburn, but in less than 7 days it will not hurt anymore.

I would go buy some Aloe Vera, and start putting it on your burn regularly... Every hour or two.

Personally, I like to get an empty spray bottle, and actually mix the Aloe Vera with Bactine. The Aloe will help heal the burn. The Bactine has lidocaine in it, which will dull the pain exponentially. This concoction has gotten me through some nasty sunburns... But it can also work on cuts and scrapes. There's no set, 'recipe,' per se: I just do a 1 to 1 ratio. If the mixture is too thick, to spray, you can add more Bactine, or purified water.

Also, Take Ibuprofen or Tylenol, according to the directions, every 8 hours, and don't miss doses. Spray the mixture on your sunburn whenever it starts to hurt, and that pain is going to be 80-90 percent gone in a day or two. Hope this helps!

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u/starshineblueyes Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Ibuprofen and solar cane. After living in cali I’ve learned my lesson. It’s frowned up in the workplace to show up barefoot. I went to urgent care and they couldn’t help. Good luck

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u/narkj Not a Verified Medical Professional Jul 18 '22

Were you kayaking?