Health Tip: Sunburn Usually Damages Skin

-- While there's no such thing as a safe sunburn or tan, some cases can damage the skin permanently.

Sunburn occurs when sunlight or another ultraviolet-light source exceeds the ability of the pigment melanin to protect the skin.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine mentions these warning signs of a serious sunburn:

  • Feeling dizzy or faint.
  • Rapid breathing or pulse.
  • Extreme thirst, a sunken look to the eyes or not producing urine.
  • Skin that feels cool or clammy, or appears pale.
  • Rash, fever, chills or nausea.
  • Pain in the eyes or sensitivity to light.
  • Painful blisters.

Posted: June 2011


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