Sunburn

This passage describes sunburn and ways to prevent it.

Lexile Level: 1130L

Categories: Sports & Health


Going to the beach or a pool is an enjoyable pastime for many families during the hot summer months. One thing to keep in mind when spending time under the sun is the need for protection from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Overexposure to these rays by unprotected skin can result in sunburn. Severe sunburn can be very painful and sometimes even life-threatening. Severe reddening of the skin, blistering of the burned area, swelling, and nausea are signs that a serious sunburn has occurred. If sunburn occurs, the application of a cool, wet towel, or taking a cold bath or shower can provide temporary relief. It's easier to protect yourself when venturing out into the sunshine than to deal with the consequences of overexposure. Wearing long-sleeved clothing and a wide-brimmed hat is one way to limit your exposure to harmful UV rays. Commercially available sunscreens are another source of effective protection.


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