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Sunburn Causes & Risks

Causes

Sunburn is caused by overexposure to UV rays from the sun.

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance of sunburn include:

  • Exposure to the sun
  • Light skin color
  • Certain medications that may increase your sensitivity to the sun, such as antibiotics, diuretics (water pills), or oral contraceptives
  • Geographical location: highest incidence in southern United States

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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