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Sunburn should be avoided because it is damaging to the skin. Although the discomfort is usually minor and healing often occurs in about a week, a more severe sunburn may require medical attention.

Recognizing Sunburn

Symptoms of sunburn are well known: skin becomes red, painful, and abnormally warm after sun exposure.

What to Do

Consult a doctor if the sunburn affects an infant under 1 year of age or if these symptoms are present:

fluid-filled blisters
severe pain
Also, remember these tips when treating sunburn:

Avoid repeated sun exposure.
Apply cold compresses or immerse the sunburned area in cool water.
Apply moisturizing lotion to affected areas. Do not use salve, butter, or ointment.
Do not break blisters.

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