Sunburn

Solar erythema; Burn from the sun

A sunburn is reddening of the skin that occurs after you are exposed to the sun or other ultraviolet light.

Sun protection

Clothing which blocks or screens the harmful rays of the sun (UVA and UVB), in combination with wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen, are all helpful in preventing damage to the eyes and skin. Any one of these by itself, even the sunscreen, may not be enough to prevent sun damage.

Skin cancer, melanoma on the fingernail

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Melanomas beneath the fingernail appear as a black or bluish black discoloration. This type of malignancy spreads (metastasizes) readily.

Skin cancer, close-up of lentigo maligna melanoma

Increased risk for skin cancer, especially melanoma, is associated with chronic exposure to sunlight, blistering sunburns, and a family history of skin cancer.

Skin cancer, close-up of level III melanoma

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of the skin cancers. Typical features of melanomas include irregular borders, multiple colors within the lesion, rapid growth, and susceptibility to easy injury with bleeding. Any mole that exhibits any of these changes should be evaluated immediately by your physician.

Skin cancer, close-up of level IV melanoma

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of the skin cancers. Typical features of melanomas include irregular borders, multiple colors within the lesion, rapid growth, and susceptibility to easy injury with bleeding. Any mole that exhibits any of these changes should be evaluated immediately by your physician.

Skin cancer, melanoma superficial spreading

Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of the skin cancers. Typical features of melanomas include irregular borders, multiple colors within the lesion, rapid growth, and susceptibility to easy injury with bleeding. Any mole that exhibits any of these changes should be evaluated immediately by your health care provider.

Sunburn

Sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body's protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin. A serious sunburn is as serious as a thermal burn, and may have the same systemic effects such as blistering, edema and fever.

Sunburn

When the skin is overexposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun a sunburn can occur. The symptoms of a sunburn can take up to 24 hours to appear. The skin can be red, warm, tender, blistered, and swollen.

Considerations

Causes

Home Care

When to Contact a Medical Professional

What to Expect at Your Office Visit