• Sunburn: Prevention And Treatment

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    While those with darker skin coloring tend to be less sensitive to the sun, everyone is at risk for sunburn and its associated disorders. Children especially need to be protected from the sun’s burning rays, since most sun damage occurs in childhood. Like other burns, sunburn will leave the skin red, warm, and painful. In severe cases it may cause blistering, fever, chills, headache, and a general feeling of illness.

    You've heard the advice before: stay out of the sun or use plenty of sunscreen to block cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) rays. But while it's true that excessive sun exposure resulting in sunburn may increase your risk of skin cancer, it's a fallacy to believe that sun exposure should be avoided altogether.

    The benefits of optimizing your vitamin D stores cannot be overstated, and I've discussed this in a large number of articles spanning more than a decade. Ironically, one of the benefits is actually a significant reduction in cancer risk—both skin cancer and many other types of cancer.

    Most recently, researchers again confirmed that adequate vitamin D stores increases the survival chances for bowel cancer patients. Another recent study found that low vitamin D levels increases the risk for advanced liver fibrosis in patients with hepatitis C.
    Research continues to support that vitamin D truly is a “master key” for optimal health …

    Sunscreens are an important means of prevention, along with hats, clothing and avoiding sun exposure in the middle of the day when ultraviolet (UV) radiation is at its most intense. Sunscreens with the widest range of UVA and UVB block are called broad-spectrum.

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