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Sunburn

Skin Conditions

Sunburn happens when skin is exposed to sunlight too long, redness may develop and increase for up to 24 hours. A severe sunburn causes skin tenderness, pain, swelling, and blistering. Additional symptoms like fever, chills, upset stomach, and confusion indicate a serious sunburn and require immediate medical attention.

Sunburn Treatment

It is an acute cutaneous inflammatory reaction that follows excessive exposure of the skin to ultraviolet radiation (UVR). UVR exposure can come from a variety of sources, including sun, tanning beds, phototherapy lamps, and arc lamps. There are long-term adverse health effects of repeated exposure to UVR. Sunburn is generally classified as a superficial or first-degree burn.

Treatment

  • In most cases, prehospital care involves providing simple first aid to treat patient symptoms.
  • In severe cases, patients may develop second-degree burns, which could require aggressive fluid resuscitation and skin care.

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