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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.
How is sunburn treated?
Sunburn treatments cannot undo the damage done to the skin by UV, but they can help you feel more comfortable while the skin heals. Using cool compresses and over-the-counter pain medications can help reduce discomfort. Severe sunburn may require treatment by a …
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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