Sunburns: How to Deal

Need Some Ice for that (Sun)Burn?

You may already know that if you’ve been inside all winter and then go sit out in the sun on a bright summer day, you may get a sunburn. But what exactly is a sunburn? A sunburn’s red and painful skin can occur whenever your skin is exposed to too much sunlight for too long. Skin overexposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays may begin to feel tingly, peely, red, burn or itch. According to the SCF, almost every person on earth will be sunburned at least once in their life. Despite the commonness of sunburns, it’s important to try to avoid them because sun damage can significantly increase your risk for skin cancer. If your sunburn is severe, or you think you are suffering from heatstroke or dehydration, contact your doctor immediately.

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July 1, 2015

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July 1, 2015