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Hello,
Due to a vitamin D deficiency and problems with tolerating vitamin D supplements, I had to use a Sperti Vitamin D lamp for the winter. It worked for two weeks until giving me severe first degree burns on my back as well as less severe burns on my front. It has been a month and I still have the burn marks. Any advice on any creams or lotions that will promote healing? Any advice on healing times? I already sought medical attention.
I use vaseline and aloe vera lotion on my severe burns. My other burns just look like sunburn now but don't seem to be going away. Since I would like to return to an active lifestyle, I hope to get out in the sun soon for vitamin D production but the burns are holding me back.
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I think you should see:

1. a doctor first; and then

2. a lawyer.
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Emu oil. Google it. All the claims I've found understate the reality of how effective it is.
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vasaline and burns don't mix, it holds in the heat.
Find a good burn cream.  we have one with lidocaine hcl 2%. aloe helps too.
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vasaline and burns don't mix, it holds in the heat.

That's IMMEDIATELY after a burn, not for days and weeks later. I worked at a Hospital with a Regional burn unit.
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vasaline and burns don't mix, it holds in the heat.

That's IMMEDIATELY after a burn, not for days and weeks later. I worked at a Hospital with a Regional burn unit.

Agreed.  It's important to keep it moist during the healing stage.  My husband required several weeks of burn treatment from the wound care specialists at our hospital; they recommended eucerin cream (the thick stuff in the jar).  It's about the consistency of crisco, but it worked very well.  You can pick up the generic version at walmart for about half price.

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If you ever go to sleep under a UV light again,  ice water mixed with vinegar (any kind) which is then poured on towels on the burn reduce the pain.  If you are really crispy, best to see a physician soonest.

Sounds like you reacted to the UV much like people who are 'allergic' to UV become ill and redden or blister badly with little exposure.

You don't need a LOT of time in the sun/lamp to get a daily dose.  Most milk has  D boosted.  As do many cereals ... if you can tolerate them.

The areas that were over exposed will be a different color (darker) for months.  Until you 'molt' and replace the skin.


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Thanks for the feedback. I am finding that aloe vera lotion first and then days later vaseline as well helps. Hopefully, I will dodge the skin cancer bullet. By next summer, since only my head, arms, and legs were not burned, I can expose my torso for brief periods of sun without burning to get good amounts of vitamin D.
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Hello,
It has been 5 months since I got my UVB burns. I still have them but there has been some improvement. I can only tolerate 15 minutes of sunlight even with sunscreen and a UPF jacket. From what I read on the internet about 2nd degree burns, it takes about a year to be able to tolerate sunlight. And some people never return to normal.
  Anyone have any personal experience or work with burn patients that can give me insight? The doctors just tell me that everyone is different. I know I can't do much this year but I hope that my hiking days aren't over.
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The doctors just tell me that everyone is different.

^^ +1 to this.

Can you expound more on why you can't "tolerate sunlight" at this point?
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From what I read on the internet about 2nd degree burns, it takes about a year to be able to tolerate sunlight. And some people never return to normal.
Anyone have any personal experience or work with burn patients that can give me insight?

I assume you didn't try the emu oil I told you to get back in March.
And, yeah, I have personal experience with both 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
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I didn't try the EMU oil since I experience most pain when exposed to the sun. I didn't want the pain dulled since it signaled that I was getting too much sun. As for the other poster's question, people with severe burns can't tolerate sunlight for many months or longer even with wearing clothes. My concern is not so much with pain but how much improvement with sun tolerance have people experienced after a year or longer. I heard that some people can no longer go outside for long or can't go to the beach and expose their skin to direct sunlight years after the burn, or even for life. So, I was wondering if people with severe burns have returned to a somewhat normal life where they can be outdoors or if spending hours outside hiking is very challenging.
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My husband's burn was a 2nd degree sunburn which was complicated by the fact that he (stupidly) scraped off his healing flesh a few days later on an obstacle course and then spent all the next day with his raw wound in a river.  A year later, he had no problems with sun exposure (and is much more careful about sunscreen).

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I will try the emu cream. I also read that shea butter has some sunlight protective and healing qualities. I am also trying green tea lotion since it supposedly also has sun protective and sun damage healing properties. But I found that green tea lotion is like drinking it so if I use it at night, it's hard to sleep. It also interferes with some medications I sometimes take. Interestingly enough, I found an aloe vera lotion (Maxblock) at the dollar store that works better than some other things I tried. Ponderosa, sounds like your husband was lucky with all of the damage he did to his skin.
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Owen, thanks for the tip about the emu oil. I have been using it for 3 weeks and I feel a difference. I also use a green tea lotion from Abra Therapeutics that has several other ingredients that reduce inflammation. Doctors should know more about these kinds of options. All that I get from doctors is topical medications with side effects.
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I used to be a chef and burns go with the territory.  We all swore by vitamin E.

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