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Sunburn (Second-Degree)

A sunburn (second-degree) involves damage to the skin of the deeper layers. Redness, swelling, and blisters are typically present. Nerve endings are damaged in the case of a second-degree sunburn. Compared to a mild, first-degree sunburn, a second-degree burn is associated with more pain and has a longer healing time.

Young children (less than 6 years of age) and older adults (over the age of 60) are more susceptible to sunburn. So are individuals who are fair-skinned and have blond or red hair. People with blue eyes have increased susceptibility to sunburn.

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Text Reference: American Family Physician: "Outpatient Burns: Prevention and Care"