We love the Sun.
We flock to our beaches in search of the perfect tan. We enjoy long hours working or grilling in the backyard, watching our children play soccer, or rooting for our favorite teams from the stands — all under the blazing rays of the sun.
But with UV indexes rising due to ozone depletion and climate change, there is a greater risk of sunburn than ever before.
What is sunburn?
Sunburn occurs when the skin is burned due to overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of the Sun. Symptoms of mild to moderate sunburn include:
- Reddened, irritated skin
- Pain, soreness, overheated skin
- Peeling skin
Why is sunburn treatment important?
Moderate to severe sunburn can result in dizziness, extreme fatigue, fever or chills, infection and shock. Excessive UV radiation is a leading cause of skin cancer, and even one incidence of excessive radiation can be life-threatening.
If you believe you or someone you know may have suffered a severe sunburn, contact a medical professional immediately for sunburn treatment.
Click on the Protecting Your Skin link to the left for some helpful hints about protecting your skin from overexposure to the Sun.