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When should you call 911 about a sunburn?

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CALL 911 IF THE PERSON:

  • Does not seem to be responding appropriately
  • Has a seizure, visual changes, or any other neurologic symptoms; these could be symptoms of severe heat illness.

From: Sunburn Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Sunburn."

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

Intermountain Healthcare: "Sunburn -- Adults."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Skin Cancer Foundation: "Sunburn."

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

Intermountain Healthcare: "Sunburn -- Adults."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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