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When I should seek medical attention for sunburn?

A doctor should be called if any of the following conditions accompany sunburn:

  • fever over 101° F
  • fluid-filled blisters over half the affected body part
  • dizziness
  • visual difficulties

These symptoms can indicate a more serious problem such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. These are both serious conditions that require medical assistance.

A sunburn needs medical attention if it blisters and covers a large amount of your body, if the pain can’t be controlled with ibuprofen, if a fever accompanies the sunburn or if there is a secondary infection with pus or increased redness.

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