What are sun burns?
Sun burns are reddish/brownish patches formed due to excessive inflammation of the skin, normally from the overhead sun. Sun Burns may also be in the form of boils or blisters with fluid or pus filled inside. Symptoms of burns include redness, pain, swelling or itching. These are mainly caused by long exposure to the sun in areas like Andaman where one stays on the beaches for long hours.
The UVB (Ultra Violet Burning) rays that are maximum at midday are the major cause for sun burns. Staying in the water, or standing in the shade will also offer no respite as most UV rays are reflected from water, sand and concrete. Even if you are going in for a tan, make sure to protect yourself from Sun burns as they are not only painful, but can cause serious health hazards.
Precautionary measures a must.
Application of a UVB protecting sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out, and maintaining adequate water and Vitamin – C levels in the body is a prerequisite for shielding against sun burns. But if you have chosen to ignore the fuss, and braved the heat like a true warrior, take some steps to protect yourself, otherwise, you may be in for serious trouble.