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Sunburn (Definition)

Sunburn is an intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure. It actually represents the body's reaction to tissue damage ...Read more


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Avoiding Sunburn (Tip)

Avoiding Sunburn

How much sunscreen should I apply? ...See more

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Avoiding Sunburn (Checklist)

Wear a wide-brimmed hat
once
Reapply sunscreen after bathing or swimming
once
Stay out of the sun between 11am and 2pm
once
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How to treat or avoid sunburn after swimming and snorkeling?

Sunburn: Some sunblock solutions are made water resistant and can be applied before swimming but you also need to apply it again as soon as you are out of the water. ...Read more

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I am 20 weeks pregnant and going to florida next month. Is it harmful to the baby to go to a tanning salon prior to vacation? I understand tanning altogether is harmful to my skin but usually go every year for a week prior to vacation to avoid sunburn whi

I am 20 weeks pregnant and going to florida next month. Is it harmful to the baby to go to a tanning salon prior to vacation? I understand tanning altogether is harmful to my skin but usually go every year for a week prior to vacation to avoid sunburn whi

Yes: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read more

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Avoiding Sunburn (Tip)

How do I protect my head from the sun? ...See more

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Treating Sunburn (Checklist)

Apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% cream to the sunburned skin
5 Min, 3x day for 5 Days
Apply over-the-counter pramoxine cream for comfort, if ok with doctor
5 Min, 2x day for 5 Days
Wear clothes and a hat to block additional sun damage
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Is sun bad in general for the skin or sunburn?Do I have to avoid getting a tan or can I have it gradually?What is the bestsunscreen (mineral-natural?)

Is sun bad in general for the skin or sunburn?Do I have to avoid getting a tan or can I have it gradually?What is the bestsunscreen (mineral-natural?)

Moderation : Everything in moderation sun exposure like everything else in life has positive and negative effects on the body as we all know over exposure of the sun causes melanoma, the benefits is the sun naturally synthesizes vitamin d in your body which is vital for proper function, i personally recommend all natural lotion less toxins in your body the better! ...Read more

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Will vitiligo make me more susceptible to sunburn? Am i more likely to become sunburned with vitiligo, and should I avoid sun exposure?

Will vitiligo make me more susceptible to sunburn? Am i more likely to become sunburned with vitiligo, and should I avoid sun exposure?

Yes: Since the skin has no pigment, you will likely get burnt easily. Use a good sunscreen with titanium or zinc oxide over the area prior to exposure to the sun. Remember to reapply every 2 hours until you are out of the sun. ...Read more

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