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Experience:  MBBS,DTM&H( Univ of Liverpool),34yrs experience in practice
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I have a terrible sunburn bilateral lower legs and feet, now

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I have a terrible sunburn bilateral lower legs and feet, now have pitting edema up past my knees. I'm miserable! I'm an RN, was wearing sunscreen. But even after I lay down and the get back up my swelling is increasing...
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Customer: No, but I have pitting edema every time I visit the beach now. I'm not sure if I'm allergic to something in the water or some kind of plant in the coastal area
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have used aloe with lidocaine, benzocaine, have been drinking h2o and have had my legs elevated to no avail. My swelling is getting worse. Blisters on both feet and legs... Edema so significant
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.

Hello,I am Dr. Aren and I will help with your query.Have you tried taking any medication like antihistaminics (preferably long acting nonsedating H1 blockers)?Allergies can cause enough oedema for it to be pitting,it would be prudent to avoid the beach for some time even with the sunscreen.Have you ruled out Lupus and porphyria,testing for ANA,Lo and Ro antibodies would help.Use of photherapy and chemophototherapy done by an experienced Dermatologist would help.Treatment is often frustating and it may take a few weeks for the lesions to clear up.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did take Benadryl with no improvement. I continued to swell , I couldn't even fall asleep with the Benadryl! I have totally avoided the sun now for 3 days but continued the swelling. When I return home I will show your response to my PCP. That's a good suggestion to test for Lupus...
Expert:  Vakul Aren replied 1 year ago.

Drugs like Loratidine(Claritin)/Fexofenadine(Allegra) are two nonsedating H 1 blockers which may help along with the Benadryl.