What is it?

Sunburn is an inflammatory reaction of the skin to sunlight exposure. It typically develops within a few hours from the exposure, and includes pain, redness and hot skin. Every area of the skin might get sunburned when exposed to UV light. Preventing sunburn by wearing sunscreen is essential, even on cloudy days. People with lighter skin and lighter hair are prone to getting sunburns.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include pink or red skin which may feel hot to touch, pain, swelling, blisters, headache, nausea, and fatigue.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination.


Treatment focuses on pain relievers, cooling the skin, moisturizing it, drinking plenty of fluids and applying soothing medicated creams.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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