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Image Number 4857 (Sunburn)


Diagnosis: Sunburn

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Sex: F

Age: 45


Description: Phototoxic reaction from sunlight

Submitted by: Ian McColl

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 Sunburn is commonly seen in white skin with excess sunlight. The damaging rays are UVB which only penetrate a short distance into the skin. Most cases result in skin peeling and residual freckles but severe cases can blister and give a full thickness burn. The latter will only occur if the person is unconscious or drugged in the sun. Mild cases of sunburn will give secondary tanning. Tanning is a response to skin damage in those with Type 3 and above Fitzpatrick skin types.

See this advice from the Australian Government Health Department

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