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When you get too much ultraviolet radiation from the sun on your skin it causes the blood vessels to dilate. In turn, this triggers an inflammatory reaction with blisters, swelling, pain, and redness that we all know only too well as a sunburn.
Sunburns mean much more than just redness and irritation. Getting burned can cause significant skin damage, especially in kids. In fact, people who have five or more sunburns as children have up to an 80 percent increased risk of developing melanoma. Make a concentrated effort to prevent sunburn in the first place by wearing the best sunscreen you can find and staying out of the sun when possible, but if you get burned, here's what to do.