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An inflammatory reaction from ultraviolet radiation characterized by transient redness, tenderness and occasional blistering.
Symptoms of Sunburn
The following features are indicative of Sunburn:
redness over skin
swelling of skin
small fluid-filled blisters on skin
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Common Causes of Sunburn
The following are the most common causes of Sunburn:
too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light
Risk Factors for Sunburn
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Sunburn:
having light skin
living at higher altitudes
having a history of sunburn
regularly exposing unprotected skin to UV light
Prevention of Sunburn
Yes, it may be possible to prevent Sunburn. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m
proper covering of skin
apply sunscreen lotions on regular basis
wear sunglasses while going outside
Occurrence of Sunburn
Number of Cases
The following are the number of Sunburn cases seen each year worldwide:
Very common > 10 Million cases
Common Age Group
Sunburn can occur at any age.
Sunburn can occur in any gender.
Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Sunburn
The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Sunburn:
Phototesting: To see skin reaction to the UV (ultraviolet) radiation by exposing to UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) light
Complications of Sunburn if untreated
Yes, Sunburn causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Sunburn is left untreated:
premature aging of skin
Self-care for Sunburn
The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Sunburn:
apply cool compresses over skin
Apply an aloe vera lotion: Helps in soothing the affected skin
don't break small blisters
Time for Treatment of Sunburn
While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Sunburn to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
Disease cannot be treated but only maintained or effects reduced
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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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