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When should I call a doctor about sun damage?

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If you notice any mark, bump, blemish, or mole that is changing, growing, or bleeding, call your doctor. It may be skin cancer. Skin cancer is often treatable when it's found early.

Also, talk to your doctor about any medications that you take. Some antibiotics, antidepressants, and diabetes drugs can make skin more sensitive to sun. Some drugs that you put on your skin, such as Renova and Retin-A, can make your skin very sensitive and cause it to burn quickly.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Your Personal Health and Safety." 

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sunscreens."

.: "Oral vitamin D rapidly attenuates inflammation from sunburn: an interventional study."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Your Personal Health and Safety." 

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sunscreens."

.: "Oral vitamin D rapidly attenuates inflammation from sunburn: an interventional study."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

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