Dr. Sinsheimer is a regular contributor to Desert Health News
Sunburns from intense or excess sun exposure can cause immediate pain and long-term skin damage. Treating sunburn immediately can limit unnecessary discomfort and harm. Sunburn begins with excess sun exposure but can continue to worsen even after the sun exposure is over, so it is important to treat sunburn early to reduce inflammation and pain. Excess sun exposure can also cause sun stroke, so with any sunburn watch for additional signs of dehydration, lethargy, confusion, or heat intolerance.