Why A Severe Sunburn
Should Not Be Ignored

Severe Sunburn - when you think about fun in the sun, you probably picture yourself soaking up sunlight and getting a nice tan. You probably are not planning on getting a sunburn but did you know that a mild sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes?


When the sun's ultraviolet rays damage your skin cells, the result is a sunburn that can sometimes become severe. The best way to treat a sunburn is to treat it before it can get worse. In the mildest cases, the sunburn is most painful for the first 48 hours. However, in more serious cases, the sunburn pain can last longer and take a longer time to heal.

Of course, the best method is prevention. Sunscreens and Topical Vitamin C products are recommended.

Sunburns Can Result In Permanent Damage

  • When I was a teenager living in New York City I made the mistake of wanting a tan just before I went to prom.

    Being very fair and not much of an outdoor person I decided to go to the beach to soak up the sun so I could look fabulous in my prom dress. Well, I think my dress looked great but it did not look "cool" with my blistered face.

    I had severe blisters over both of my cheeks. Eventually everything cleared up but here is the rest of the story. As I began to age the broken capillaries and damage from the sun really began to take its toll. The older I get the redder my face gets requiring a ton of makeup.
  • While it seems improbable that blisters could develop, it is important to remember what a sunburn is. It is quite literally, radiation damage, and that is why those who research the powerful effects of the sun strongly urge the public to do their best to protect themselves from the sun's UV rays by wearing sunscreen.

    When the burned area blisters, it is probable that it is actually a second or third degree burn. If you get blisters from a sunburn, it is important to see a doctor and try not to pop them.

    If the blister is in tact, there is a good possibility that the area won't become infected, and the sunburn will actually heal more quickly. Although some home remedies may provide temporary relief, it is still best to see a doctor.
  • Someone suffering from a burn will probably notice that their skin is very red and painful to the touch. It feels hot when your hand hovers over the affected area.

    When a sunburn occurs, the immune system attempts to fix the situation by calling upon the white blood cells. This increased blood flow is the reason for the pinkish/red color of sunburned skin.
  • A sunburn can be identified with certain side effects that occur in the body. Aside from the pain and sensitivity to the burned area, sometimes the area can become swollen. For this reason, it is suggested that ice and anti inflammatory medicines should be used to help with the treatment.

Dehydration As A Result Of A Sunburn

  • You may have heard a severe sunburn also referred to as sun poisoning. In these cases, the sunburn is usually accompanied by: dizziness, nausea, fever, vomiting, fainting or chills.

    Side effects can resemble flu like symptoms, and it may be necessary to be re-hydrated intravenously through an IV and given an antibiotic.

    It is crucial to see a doctor when a sunburn is this serious because the extreme dehydration that comes as result of severe sunburn has caused some people to go into comas and some have even died when the dehydration was left untreated. Even if you aren't sure if you have a severe sunburn, it is better to have a medical professional examine you just as a precautionary measure.

You Aren't Safe Just Because It's Winter

  • You might be surprised to learn that severe sunburns don't only occur in the summertime. Many skiers and snowboarders have to use extra care to prevent "snow burn".

    Because the snow is highly reflective, it is common for those who spend time in the snow to suffer from sunburn as well. Just because it isn't hot outside, it doesn't mean you are safe from developing a burn.
  • Although some people disregard the potential dangers of the sun, all severe sunburns are not a result of this type of stubbornness. Frequently, when people have applied sunscreen and are lying outside, they tend to fall asleep, and wake up hours later, unable to move because of the pain. Try not to fall asleep in the sun, and if you are going to lay out by the pool, have a friend check on you every 30 minutes so you can reapply your sunscreen and hopefully prevent a potentially severe sunburn.

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