Akron Children's provides primary, critical and specialized care to the patients who come to us, as well as those our Home Care Group treats at home. We help families focus on their sick children with a support staff to deal with the practical details of a hospital stay. Beyond our walls, we help children reach their full potential with more than 100 advocacy, outreach and education programs. More...
From Beachwood to Dover, Norwalk to western Pennsylvania, and just about everywhere in between, Akron Children's growing healthcare system has a full range of pediatric specialists, primary care providers, hospitals and regional care centers right in your own community or within easy driving distance. More...
The Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute is the hub for research and innovation activity at Akron Children's Hospital. The institute facilitates sponsored clinical studies as well as internal investigator-initiated research programs across a spectrum of research subjects. The institute also offers research-oriented educational opportunities for fellows, students and faculty from around the globe.
Ranked a Best Children's Hospital, Akron Children's is the largest pediatric healthcare provider in northeast Ohio. Whether a child needs a few stitches or treatment for a serious illness, we offer the highest quality of care, using the latest techniques and technology, as well as a caring touch. Our philosophy of child- and family-centered care guides everything we do. More...
I got a pretty bad sunburn on my shins about a week ago. It seemed like it was healing just fine, but today I noticed blisters on my legs. They're clearish white on the top, and the fluid inside is clear (like water). Basically, my whole shins are giant clear blisters (or hundreds of tiny blisters). I tried putting aloe gel on it. It's really freaking me out. What should I do? – Fiona*
Blisters like the ones you have are a sign that a sunburn is serious. The blisters don't always show up right away. They may take a few days or longer to develop.
If you have a fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting, severe blistering or pain, call your doctor's office or a health clinic. If you have blisters with no other problems, take these steps to care for them:
Don't pop or pick them. Blisters protect the skin underneath as it heals. If they get peeled off, the skin can get infected.
It's OK to use a moisturizer or aloe gel on the blisters. Avoid petroleum jelly or other heavy products, though, because they prevent heat or sweat from escaping. If you want, you can put a gauze bandage over blisters until they heal.
Protect your skin from sun while it's healing from the burn. Your skin will be tender, and more sun will just make things worse. If you need to go out in the sun, wear long, loose skirts or pants to cover the blisters until they're gone. Wear sunscreen after the blisters have healed.
If the burn is painful, take over-the-counter ibuprofen and use cool compresses for relief.
Sunburns get better on their own, but they still affect your health. Each time you get a blistering sunburn, it damages skin cells and increases your chance of developing skin cancer. That's especially true if you get sunburns as a kid or teen. So promise yourself you'll be sun smart from now on. (And, if your sunburn is serious, see a doctor or nurse.)
Whenever you're outdoors, wear a "broad-spectrum" sunscreen (meaning it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply it often if you're on the beach, at the pool, or anywhere you might swim or sweat it off.
Want a tan? You can fake it with a sunless self-tanner, but self-tanners on their own don't protect you from UVA rays. So wear sunscreen as well.
Ranked a Best Children's Hospital by US News & World Report, Akron Children's is the largest pediatric provider in northeast Ohio. With two pediatric hospitals, and 20 primary care and 67 pediatric specialty locations, we handle more than 600,000 patient visits a year. We also serve as a major teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University, and offer a number of pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs. We are committed to providing quality, family-centered care, and improving the treatment of childhood illness and injury through research. More about Akron Children's...