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With incredible weather and highs of up to 25 degrees, this bank holiday weekend saw many of us out and enjoying the sun. But what if you spent a bit too much time outside and got sunburn?
First of all, what is sunburn?
Sunburn is an acute inflammatory reaction that follows over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation. It causes direct damage to DNA resulting in inflammation and death of skin cells.
Repeated sunburn can increase your lifetime risk of developing skin cancer in later life and the risk should be taken seriously.
Signs and symptoms usually develop 2-6 hours after sun exposure and peak at about 12-24 hours.
Your skin may become hot, red, tender and blisters can form. In severe cases, it is possible to develop dehydration, imbalances of the important salts in your blood, and skin infection. In rare cases, it can potentially be fatal.
What can be done to relieve the discomfort associated with sunburn?
There are a number of steps you can follow.
What if my sunburn is severe?
Severe cases of sunburn require emergency medical treatment.
If you develop blisters that affect up to 20% of your body surface area or other symptoms such as fever, nausea, chills, severe pain, headache, fainting or dizziness it is vital you seek medical attention.
Severe sunburn can be associated with heat exhaustion or heat stroke which are life-threatening.
Thanks to Dr Anjali Mahto, the acne skin expert from skin55 in London's Harley Street.
Dr. Anjali Mahto is a UK-trained consultant dermatologist and author of the bestselling book, The Skincare Bible: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Great Skin
She is happy to consult both adults and children with skin, hair and nail disorders. Her areas of specialist interest include acne and scarring, rosacea, moles, and anti-ageing therapies including injectable and laser treatments.
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