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Category: Dermatology
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Experience:  14 years of Family Practice Experience including most dermatology problems
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I have blistering sunburns on my shoulders; I went to a

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Hi! I have blistering sunburns on my shoulders; I went to a walk-in clinic and the nurse practitioner prescribed triamcinolone acetonide cream for the blisters. I've applied it once, and it seems to feel better... however, I've read a few sources which say this medicine should definitely not be applied to burns.
So, I'm a little confused. Is this medicine what I should be using?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Anthony Bray MD replied 1 year ago.

Hello--

I would favor a sunburn product such as a gal type with ALOE which is very helpful and soothing for sunburn. Solarcaine or similar product with a numbing agent is fine

The triamcinolone short term should be fine and helpful. I think the aside may be more specific to a burn with risk of infection (steroids may impair response to infection) with a sunburn though the skin usually remains intact --- no infection...

It should heal with few short days I would expect ..

So I think you should be fine and no need to worry about using the steroid cream in this instance

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