April 16, 2007
Health Tip: Risk Factors for Sunburn
The young and fair-skinned are at greater risk
(HealthDay News) -- Certain people are more susceptible to sunburn than others because of age, skin type or medications they are taking.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says these factors increase a person's risk of sunburn:
- Babies and children have skin that is more sensitive than adult skin, so they are more likely to be badly sunburned if unprotected.
- People with fair skin are more likely to get a sunburn than people with darker skin -- although all skin types and complexions can burn.
- Certain medications, including some antibiotics and birth control pills, can increase the likelihood of a sunburn.
- Using a tanning bed can cause dangerous sunburns.
- Being outside during the sun's peak hours -- 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. -- and being on reflective sand or water can increase one's risk of severe sunburn.