Is a sunburn serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Usually, a sunburn, albeit uncomfortable, will fade away in a few days and will not need medical attention. But if it is severe and accompanied by fever, chills, thirst, trouble breathing and/or a racing pulse, then it may be a sign that a more serious complication is present. For instance, heat stroke, shock and dehydration may be linked to sunburns. Also, repeated sunburns, or even a few bad sunburns, in your lifetime have been connected to an increased risk of skin cancer. So, yes, sunburns can be serious and should be prevented.

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