HELP: Seriously sunburnt lips!

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  1. Matildaaaargh macrumors newbie

    Matildaaaargh

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    That's all there is too it, really.

    Yesterday I went boating for 11 hours in the very hot sun and, not for lack of applying a lot of SPF 30, I have extremely sunburnt lips. I am supposing I did not apply enough sunblock to my face at the crucial time, and the damage was done before I became a lot more vigilant in applying it. I wore more and more as the day went on but obviously the sun was just frazzling the lips that were already burnt. They stung and tingled like mad all afternoon and by the evening I could barely open my mouth.

    Anyway, this morning I wake up and my lower lip is swollen to about 3 times its normal size. I've been reading on the Internet about it and people have said that after time the situation just gets worse - scabs, pus, blisters etc etc, and the only advice they have is lip balm. I'm sure you intelligent people can give me more in-depth guidance than that. Is it worth a trip to the doctor? Any over-the-counter medication I can get? I'm in total agony.

    Please don't tell me that I need to wear an SPF lipsalve when I go out in the sun next time because I've kind of gathered that. Naively I thought suncream would suffice. I just want to know what I can do about looking like Angelina Jolie after a cat fight.
     
  2. furious macrumors 65816

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    ice them. Will reduce swelling as well as reduce the pain. :eek:
     
  3. bov macrumors 6502

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    hmmm curiosity killed the cat, but............. any pictures? :D
     
  4. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm... I'm sorry you are in this predicament!

    I'd honestly say that the Chapstick and creams would work.

    However, I've read that butter applied to your lips may make you feel a bit better.

    Try putting some ice on your lips to just to decrease the pain.

    I would recommend seeing a doctor just in case it turns into an infection.

    Sorry that it's not much, but I tried. :)

    Hope you feel better! :)
     
  5. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    Sailing always kills my lips - especially if I'm out for a few days. It goes down in the end - use it as a reminder to put lip protector on next time! (I always forget though ;))
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    If you're inside (i.e. not sun exposed, and able to re-apply frequently), I find that coconut butter is actually much better than lip balm for healing up your lips. But again, it's not exactly sun protective, and so don't do it unless you're inside, and you'll need to put it on frequently (like hourly or more often). But it's really quite soothing and helps lips heal much more quickly.
     
  7. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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  8. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    Gotta love the sun :rolleyes:

    Go to the doctor get some real hard core balm to put on it.
     
  9. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816

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    My son just had that happen to him. He put Aloe Vera 45+ Sunscreen Balm. Can get it at Walmart. Cleared up the next day.
     
  10. adroit macrumors 6502

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    I would recommend seeing a doctor if the swelling does go down soon. Other than that, Aloe Aloe Aloe
     
  11. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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  12. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    haha, yeah, pictures or it didn't happen
     

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