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Sunburn results from a brief overexpose to ultraviolet light. Each person’s pigmentation and ability to produce melanin is a factor in the amount of sun exposure required to produce a burn.

It results in painful reddened skin. Swelling and blisters occur with severe cases. Symptoms may begin as soon as 1 hour after exposure. Typically symptoms reach their peak after 1 day.

Some people with severe cases develop fever, chills, and weakness and on rare occasions even may go into shock, with symptoms of low blood pressure, fainting, and profound weakness.

People with naturally fair skin may have peeling in the burned area, usually accompanied by itching, several days after burning. These peeled areas are even more sensitive to sunburn for several weeks.

People who have had severe cases when young are at greater risk of skin cancer in later years even if they have not had long-term sun exposure.


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Substances That Cause Sun Sensitivity

Anti-anxiety Drugs

• Alprazolam

• Chlordiazepoxide


• Quinolones

• Sulfonamides

• Tetracyclines

• Trimethoprim


• Tricyclic antidepressants

Antifungal Drugs

• Griseofulvin


• Sulfonylureas

Antimalarial Drugs

• Chloroquine

• Quinine


• Phenothiazines


• Furosemide

• Thiazides

Chemotherapy Drugs

• Dacarbazine

• Fluorouracil

• Methotrexate

• Vinblastine

Acne Drugs

• Isotretinoin

Heart Drugs

• Amiodarone

• Quinidine

Skin Preparations

• Antibacterials (chlorhexidine,hexachlorophene)

• Antifungal drugs

• Coal tar

• Fragrances

• Sunscreens

Globally conscious herbal teas and supplements

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