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What Actually Happens When You Get A Sunburn?

Skin Cancer has become a more prominent issue due to the increasing threat of global warming. Doctors worldwide have called for patients to make greater efforts in their education and protective practices as a means of protecting themselves and their families from this illness. This means informing people of the dangers of tanning, and educating them in regards to the threats that sun exposure can pose. People burn differently depending on genetic and environmental factors, such as the time and their geographic location.

First and foremost, it is important people understand the severity of sunburn. When exposed to light, unprotected skin absorbs ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays. While ultraviolet A is responsible for premature aging, sun spots, and skin cancer, ultraviolet B is the culprit most responsible for sunburn. Sunburn is a symbol of DNA damage. Inflamed, pink skin is an indicator of a person having reach the 'minimal erythemal dose' of UV rays and signals the sun having caused significant cell death. This is why sunburn peels- peeling skin are dead skin cells.

People who have experienced sunburn are also likely to experience blisters. This is because damage from sun burn leads to engorgement of the blood vessels of the dermis. Liquid is released during this process, which results in the formation of blisters underneath the skin. If such an issue is of concern to you, it is important to avoid temptation to burst these blisters by hand, due to the risk this can pose to infection. Should these blisters appear it is best to lance them with a sterile needle in order to release the liquid inside. Following this, swab the area with alcohol and cover it with a bandage in order to allow a quick, clean and safe healing process.