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Sunburn and Sun Poisoning

Read about sunburn and sun poisoning, the symptoms, the dangers that sunburn and sun poisoning can cause, what you can do about it, and when you should see a doctor.

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What is Sun Burn?
A sunburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun.
Sunburn and Sun Poisoning Symptoms
Sunburn and sun poisoning symptoms range from a mild skin redness and pain to skin blistering, severe skin burning, dehydration, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, and more.
Causes of Sun Burn
Sunburn is the term for red, sometimes swollen and painful skin. It is caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Sunburn can vary from mild to severe.
Risk Factors
People with fair skin are more likely to sunburn than are people with dark skin because people with darker skin have more melanin, which offers some protection from sunburn.
Complications of Sunburn
Over exposure of sun exposure can result in skin diseases, infection, premature aging of your skin, eye damage and skin cancer.
Mild Sunburn Treatment
Take a cool shower, moisturizing cream may help, and ibuprofen for sunburn pain.


1. Fever of 103 degrees or higher
3. Chills
3. Severe Pain
4. Blisters over 30% of the body
5. Dry Mouth, thirst
6. Diziness
7. Signs of dehydration

Sunburn Prevention
The best prevention is to avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and other methods to avoid sunburn.

In-depth Sunburn Information
Causes, sunburn and skin cancer, controversy over sunscreen, pharmaceutical products, ozone depletion, tanning, protection, eyes, diet, and treatments.

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