Sunburn and Sun Poisoning Directory
Sunburn is the result of too much sun exposure or indoor tanning. Sunburn can cause pain, blisters, itching, peeling, and can be a factor in causing skin cancer. People with fair skin, light hair, light eyes, and freckles tend to be at a higher risk for sunburn and sun poisoning, which is a severe case of sunburn. Sun poisoning can also refer to polymorphous light eruption or solar urticaria. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how sunburn and sun poisoning are caused, symptoms of both conditions, treatments, and much more.
Sun Poisoning: Symptoms and Treatment
WebMD explains the symptoms and treatment of sun poisoning -- a severe form of sunburn.
WebMD walks you through first aid treatment for sunburn.
Sunburn and Other Sun Reactions of the Skin
Too much sun can cause sunburn and other skin reactions. WebMD tells you how to avoid damaging your skin.
Can You Reverse Sun Damage?
Can sun damage to skin be reversed? In some cases, yes. WebMD sheds light on the subject.
What's Your Best Sunscreen?
Want to block out harmful rays? There are so many choices. Learn how to pick the right sunscreen for you.
Summer Without Sunburn
By learning a bit about how sun damage happens and taking a few simple precautions, you can enjoy a summer free of sunburn.
Beware of Sunburn Boosters
Some medicines and skin care products can increase your sensitivity to the sun. Here’s how to avoid getting burned.
Is It Possible to Get Poisoned by the Sun?
There's no such thing as "sun poisoning," says our expert. But intense sun can cause a bad rash.
Slideshows & Images
Picture of Sunburn
A sunburn is skin damage from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most sunburns cause mild pain and redness but affect only the outer layer of skin (first-degree burn).
Picture of Sunburn (First-Degree Burns)
Most sunburns cause mild pain and redness but affect only the outer layer of skin (first-degree burn). The red skin might hurt when you touch it.
Picture of Sunburn (Second-Degree)
Skin that is red and painful and that swells up and blisters may mean that deep skin layers and nerve endings have been damaged (second-degree burn). This type of sunburn increases the risk for developing skin cancer.
Summer Skin Hazards
Don’t let sunburn, poison ivy, and jellyfish stings sabotage your healthy skin. Learn about these and other dangers so you can stay safe this summer.