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Sunburn


Sunburn: Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much exposure to UV light can make your skin red and painful, which can later lead to peeling or blistering. 

Sources of UV light include:
  •     sunlight
  •     tanning beds
  •     phototherapy lamps – these are used in light therapy to treat conditions such as jaundice in newborn babies (yellowing of the skin.
The severity of sunburn can vary depending on your skin type and how long you are exposed to UV rays. It usually appears within a few hours after sun exposure and may take several days or longer to fade. Intense sun exposure that results in sunburn increases your risk of certain complications and related skin diseases. These include dry, wrinkled skin and skin cancer including melanoma.

Sunburn often occurs when the sun's rays are most intense (usually between 11am and 3pm). However, there is also a risk of getting burned by the sun in other weather conditions. For example, light reflecting off snow can also cause sunburn. A cloudy sky or breeze may make you feel cooler, but sunlight can still get through and damage your skin.

You can prevent sunburn and the related skin conditions by protecting your skin whenever you are outdoors and even on cloudy days. If you do get sunburn, several home remedies and treatments can relieve your pain and speed the healing of your skin.

You should see your doctor if you have sunburn and you feel faint, dehydrated or have severe blistering, or if a young child or baby has sunburn.

 


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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