The sun is out and the weather is warm again, so why not soak up some of it and chill at your local beach? Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D and can be beneficial for your body, but too much of it can be a hassle, especially if you get sunburnt. While the effects of the UV rays from the sun can be prevented by using proper sunscreen, they can be dangerous if your skin gets burnt to a more serious extend. But how to differ between a serious and non serious sunburn so as to visit a doctor immediately? Read on to know.

Sunburn is caused by too much exposure from the sun, and are a common occurrence in summer. But sometimes, they can be dangerous for your skin and can even lead to medical conditions like cancer or similar diseases. The common signs of a sunburn include:

  • Blistering
  • Burning or irritation in the affected area
  • Peeling skin
  • Bright and constantly red skin

While minor sunburns can be easily treated by an over the counter ointment prescribed by your doctor, you need to be careful while caring for it. If you’re allergic to foreign chemicals and medicines, you can even use skincare lotions or aloe vera which can help reduce the irritation to a great extent. Also, cool baths are a great way to soothe your burnt skin and cold compresses work too.

You should immediately contact your doctor if your sunburn gets worse, so you should constantly monitor the burn and visit your nearest emergency center if you see the following signs or symptoms:

  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Vision problems
  • Severe pain or burning sensation
  • Infection in the blisters
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Swelling

With the climate changing, the sun’s impact on your skin can also change, and thus you should always consult a doctor for any kind of skin condition before it gets worse and leads to cancerous results or sun poisoning. And always use sunscreen while going out in the sun to save yourself from the effects of the great big golden ball of fire above us!