Although sunburns are highly preventable, they are still responsible for tens of thousands of expensive visits to U.S. emergency rooms each year, according to a recent analysis.
The total tab in 2013 for sunburn-related emergency room visits was $11.2 million, researchers report in The American Medical Association’s journal Dermatology, with the great majority of cases among people under age 30.
“High rates of sunburn, especially among young people, show that people are either not aware of sunburn risk, or aren’t taking steps consistently to prevent it,” said lead author of the research letter, Gery Guy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
In the short-term, sunburns can be painful, and can cause nausea, dizziness, dehydration and fainting. More severe blistering burns can also lead to infections.
Long-term, sunburns increase risk for skin cancer, which may be deadly. Read the full article here.