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Sunburn is serious business.

Posted by Lily Kunning on

Sunburn is serious business.

What is sunburn?Sunburn is a radiation burn that affects living tissue (skin, for example) that is caused by an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation-usually from the sun. It is painful, yet many just assume it is a part of summer. It doesn't have to be. Symptoms can include blistering, swelling, edema, itching, peeling skin, rash, nausea, fever, chills, and fainting. Also, a small amount of heat is given off from the burn, caused by the concentration of blood in the healing process, giving a warm feeling to the affected area. Blistering is a sign of second degree sunburn.With the ozone layer providing less and less protection from UV rays,...

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Fun in the Sun Requires Safe Choices

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Fun in the Sun Requires Safe Choices

As spring turns to summer, people's minds start thinking of those three letters: SPF (which stands for sun protection factor). SPF is a relative measure of how long a sunscreen will protect you from ultraviolet (UV) B rays. Many sunscreens can also protect you from UVA rays, but you must choose wisely. The chief cause of reddening and sunburn, UVB rays tend to damage the epidermis, skin's outer layers, where the most common (and least dangerous) forms of skin cancer occur.UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin's thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging),...

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