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Can Sunburn Affect More Than Just My Skin?

It’s summertime and your probably getting ready to step out into the beautiful summer sun to catch a nice tan! But while getting a good dose of Vitamin D can be beneficial to your health, there may be some dangerous effects from the aftermath; sunburn!

How does a sunburn affect my skin?

Over exposure to sunlight can cause people to get sunburned, especially those with more sensitive skin. Sunburn occurs when the skin absorbs UV radiation from the sun and causes short term damage to the genetic material in skin cells.

The short-term effects of sunburn may simply seem annoying and can be painful (depending on how bad the burn is), but long-term exposure to the sun, and getting lots of sunburn, can actually increase your risk of skin cancer.

Can a sunburn cause other issues?

In most cases, sunburn can be treated topically, but there are severe cases of sunburn that can be more harmful and are associated with other health issues. Sunburn that is red and blistered (second degree sunburn) is associated with nerve damage and takes longer to heal. Over a long period of time, severe sunburns have also been connected with skin cancer, an increased number if cold sores, an increased risk of cataracts, and premature skin aging. 

How can I prevent sunburn?

There are a lot of different factors that can contribute to you getting sunburned including skin color, age, the time of day, the season of the year, and even the altitude. Luckily there are steps you can take to prevent sunburn and the issues that may come with it:

  • Use sunscreen. Always use sunscreen when you are out in the sun and reapply it often to ensure continuous protection. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Wear protective clothing. What you wear can keep you protected from harmful UV rays as well. Wear sunglasses, hats, and other outdoor protective gear.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sun tanning.
  • Avoid peak hours of sunlight. (which typically range between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)
  • Be cautious of medications. Certain medications may cause increased sun sensitivity like ibuprofen and anti-depressants.

No one likes a sunburn, especially when there is serious health damage associated with it. Enjoying the sun can be beneficial and provide various health benefits, but it is important that we don’t forget that it can also be harmful, especially for someone who has an underlying health condition.

Your skin acts as a window into your health and can tell you a lot about how healthy, or unhealthy, you are. A simple sunburn may not seem major, but continuous sunburns from excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Like yellowing of the skin can point to liver damage or liver related issues, certain changes in your skin can be signs of skin cancer like raised, reddish patches of skin or pale or yellow areas that look like a scar.

This is why it is important to understand your health and know how your body is functioning at all times, so that you can prepare yourself and make the best choices for your health.

At Fibronostics, our passion for non-invasive digital diagnostics drives us towards creating solutions that allow you to monitor risk and detect disease, with the goal of eventually forgoing the traditional biopsies and scans currently common practice.

That’s why we developed the LiverFASt™ family of tests for monitoring risk and detecting disease in your liver – the largest organ in your body connected to many common health risks. Allow us to help you understand the health of your liver so that you can stay ahead of the silent killer of Liver Disease and live a happy, healthy life!

Contact us via email, or by phone at 1-888-552-1603 today to learn more about our LiverFASt™ family of diagnostic tests. 

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