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Health Tip: Sunburn Usually Damages Skin

Health Tip: Sunburn Usually Damages Skin

06/24/11

(HealthDay News) -- 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.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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