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Sunburn (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If you feel a sunburn is severe, call the doctor. The doctor can then decide to treat the individual at home or in the office or refer them to an emergency department.

If a person suffers any of these conditions with sunburn they should go to a hospital's emergency department:

  • Severe pain
  • Severe blistering
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • An acute sunburn associated with another medical condition (diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, etc.)

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Sunburn is an acute cutaneous inflammatory reaction that follows excessive exposure of the skin to ultraviolet radiation (UVR).

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