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What is sunburn?
Sunburn is damage caused to the skin when it is exposed to too much ultraviolet light. The skin responds to the damage by releasing chemicals that open up blood vessels, causing redness, swelling and inflammation of the skin.
What are the symptoms of sunburn?
Sunburnt skin may go pink or red, become swollen, be hot to the touch, be painful and itchy, develop fluid-filled blisters and peel several days after. Symptoms of a severe sunburn can include fever or chills, nausea, vomiting and a rash.
Can sunburn be prevented?
Sunburn can be prevented by protecting your skin from the sun. Avoiding the sun when UV levels are high, applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and wearing protective clothing and sunglasses can all help to prevent sunburn.
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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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