Fast Five Quiz: Test Yourself on Key Aspects of Summer Skin Conditions

William James, MD


July 09, 2018

Ultraviolet radiation may be transmitted through clothing, especially when wet, so sunburn may occur under clothed skin. Sunburn is more common in children than in adults. Surveys of US adults show that men have a slightly higher prevalence of sunburn than women.

If sunburn or reaction develops after minor exposure to sunlight, phototesting may be used to determine sensitivity. However, it is not routinely recommended, as investigative studies are typically unnecessary for uncomplicated sunburns.

NSAIDs have antiprostaglandin effects and may relieve pain and inflammation, especially when given early. However, NSAIDs do not shorten the duration of sunburn.

For more on sunburns, read here.


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