What is a sunburn?

woman with red sunburned skin on her back.

If you have ever had a sunburn, you know how painful it can be. But did you know that with each sunburn on the skin, you are exponentially increasing your risk of developing skin cancer? Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his team at Florida Academic Dermatology Center regularly work with patients who are concerned about protecting their skin and reducing their risks of cancer. If you live in the Coral Gables, FL area and want to learn more about sunburns and proper sun protection, continue reading on!

What is a sunburn?

A sunburn is a type of skin damage that occurs when the skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The UV radiation causes the skin to become reddened, inflamed, and painful. In severe cases, the skin may blister and peel. Sunburns can occur in as little as 15 minutes of exposure to the sun, and they are more likely to occur during the summer months when the sun’s rays are strongest. People with fair skin are more susceptible to sunburns than those with darker skin, though everyone is at risk.

How can sunburns be prevented?

Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his associates at the Florida Academic Dermatology Center of Coral Gables, FL, encourage patients to ask about protection recommendations to reduce one's risk of sunburns--and skin cancer. Below are just a few of his tips for skin protection:

  • Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day on exposed skin
  • Wear protective clothing when outdoors, including long sleeves and hats
  • Avoid extended periods of time in direct sunlight and seek shade whenever possible
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as they reflect the sun’s rays and can intensify UV radiation

What are the symptoms of sunburn?

Redness and inflammation are the most common symptoms of a sunburn. The skin may feel warm or hot to the touch, and it may be painful. In severe cases, the skin may blister and peel. Sunburns can also cause fatigue, headaches, nausea, and fever, which may be indicative of heat stroke.

How do I learn more?

Call Dr. Francisco Kerdel and his team at 305-324-2110 to take the time to educate yourself further on sun damage and protection recommendations from an experienced medical provider in the community of Coral Gables, FL.

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