Sunburn

Sunburn should be avoided because it damages the skin. Although the discomfort is usually minor and healing often occurs in about a week, a more severe sunburn may require medical attention.

Recognizing Sunburn
Symptoms of sunburn are well known. The skin becomes red, painful, and abnormally warm after sun exposure.
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What To Do
Consult a doctor if the sunburn affects an infant younger than 1 year of age or if these symptoms are present:
  • Fever
  • Fluid-filled blisters
  • Severe pain
Also, remember these tips when treating sunburn:
  • Avoid repeated sun exposure.
  • Apply cold compresses or immerse the sunburned area in cool water.
  • Apply moisturizing lotion to affected areas. Do not use salve, butter, or ointment.
  • Do not break blisters.