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Sunburn (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Sunburn

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:

Sunburn Diagnosis

The doctor will obtain a medical history and perform a physical examination to determine if the patient has a sunburn, and to what extent. In more severe cases, or for people with preexisting medical problems, the doctor may order laboratory tests to aid in determining the severity of the injury.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/14/2015

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