Sun Blisters

When to See a Healthcare Provider

Seek immediate medical attention if you display any of the following symptoms:

  • Blisters that cover more than 20% of your body: To prevent widespread infection, your healthcare provider will examine the extent and degree of your burn to determine the best course of treatment for your recovery.
  • Fever, nausea, chills, or headaches: These are symptoms of sun poisoning. Depending on the severity of your burn, treatments may include intravenous (IV) fluids for dehydration, topical antibiotics (Neosporin, Bacitracin, Polysporin) to prevent infections, and oral steroids (prednisone) or topical steroids (hydrocortisone) to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Your blisters turn yellow or red over time: This could indicate an infection that may require antibiotics.

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