Sunburn

Sunburn is red, painful skin that feels hot to the touch. It usually appears within a few hours after too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from sunshine or artificial sources, such as sunlamps. Sunburn is associated with premature skin aging (eg, wrinkling of the skin) as well as skin cancer, including malignant melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer. Sun exposure and ultraviolet radiation damage can also increase the risk of developing cataracts.

A lifetime of sun exposure and/or frequent sunburns significantly increases your risk of developing skin cancer, wrinkles, and other cosmetic concerns.
  • Symptoms
  • Skin rash and redness

    • Occurs or worsens with ultraviolet light

    common

    Small pockets of fluid beneath the skin

    • Painful

    Fever

    or Feel like vomiting

    or Fatigue

    or Headache

  • Risk factors
  • Sun light exposure

    or Use of tanning bed

  • Treatment
  • Consult a doctor for sunburn treatment if: The sunburn is severe — with blisters — and covers a large portion of your body. The sunburn is accompanied by a high fever, headache, severe pain, dehydration, confusion, nausea or chills. Also, the following tips might be helpful: 1-Take frequent cool baths or showers to help relieve the pain. 2-Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin. 3-Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling, redness and discomfort. 4-Drink extra water. A sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration. 5-If your skin blisters, allow the blisters to heal. Blistering skin means you have a second-degree sunburn. You should not pop the blisters, as blisters form to help your skin heal and protect you from infection. 6-Take extra care to protect sunburned skin while it heals. Wear clothing that covers your skin when outdoors.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Sunburn, then a visit to a dermatologist is recommended.

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    Dermatologist

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