A sunburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun. Common symptoms in humans and other animals include red or reddish skin that is hot to the touch, pain, general fatigue, and mild dizziness. An excess of UV radiation can be life-threatening in extreme cases. Excessive UV radiation is the leading cause of primarily non-malignant skin tumors. However, let us know in detail about sunburn, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments, home remedies, and free Siddha energy remedies, without money and medicines.
Sunburn is an inflammatory response in the skin triggered by direct DNA damage by UV radiation. When the skin cells’ DNA is overly damaged by UV radiation, type I cell-death is triggered and the skin is later replaced.
Typically, there is initial redness, followed by varying degrees of pain, proportional in severity to both the duration and intensity of exposure.
In addition to the above, other symptoms can include:
- Swelling (edema)
- Pruritus (itching)
- Peeling skin
- Fainting (syncope)
Sunburns may be classified as superficial, or partial thickness burns. Blistering is a sign of second-degree sunburn.
Minor sunburns typically cause nothing more than slight redness and tenderness to the affected areas. In more serious cases, blistering can occur. Extreme sunburns can be painful to the point of debilitation and may require hospital care.
Sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes, and in seconds when exposed to non-shielded welding arcs or other sources of intense ultraviolet light.
The skin may turn red in as little as 30 minutes but most often takes 2 to 6 hours. Pain is usually the strongest 6 to 48 hours after exposure. The burn continues to develop for 1 to 3 days, occasionally followed by peeling skin in 3 to 8 days. Some peeling and itching may continue for several weeks.
Ultraviolet radiation causes sunburns and increases the risk of three types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma, and
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Of greatest concern is that the melanoma risk increases in a dose-dependent manner with the number of a person’s lifetime cumulative episodes of sunburn.
The UV radiation is a cause for Sunburn, either from the sun or from artificial sources, such as:
- Tanning lamps
- Welding arcs
- Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation
It is a reaction of the body to direct DNA damage from UVB light.
Skin type determines the ease of sunburn. In general, people with lighter skin tone and limited capacity to develop a tan after UV radiation exposure have a greater risk of sunburn.
The Fitzpatrick’s Skin phototypes classification describes the normal variations of skin responses to UV radiation. Persons with type I skin have the greatest capacity to sunburn and type VI have the least capacity to burn. However, all skin types can develop sunburn.
Fitzpatrick’s skin phototypes:
- Type I: Pale white skin, burns easily, does not tan
- Type II: White skin, burns easily, tans with difficulty
- Type III: White skin, may burn but tans easily
- Type IV: Light brown/olive skin, hardly burns, tans easily
- Type V: Brown skin, usually does not burn, tans easily
- Type VI: Black skin, very unlikely to burn, becomes darker with UV radiation exposure
Age also affects how the skin reacts to the sun. Children younger than 6 and adults older than 60 are more sensitive to sunlight.
There are certain genetic conditions, for example, xeroderma pigmentosum, that increase a person’s susceptibility to sunburn and subsequent skin cancers.
The risk of a sunburn can be increased by pharmaceutical products that sensitize users to UV radiation. Certain antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and tranquilizers have this effect.
The UV Index indicates the risk of getting a sunburn at a given time and location. Contributing factors include:
Time of day
In most locations, the sun’s rays are strongest between approximately 10 am and 4 pm daylight saving time.
UV is partially blocked by clouds; but even on an overcast day, a significant percentage of the sun’s damaging UV radiation can pass through clouds.
Proximity to surface
Proximity to reflective surfaces, such as water, sand, concrete, snow, and ice. All of these reflect the sun’s rays and can cause sunburns.
Season of the year
The position of the sun in late spring and early summer can cause more severe sunburn.
At a higher altitude, it is easier to become burnt because there is less of the earth’s atmosphere to block the sunlight. UV exposure increases about 4% for every 1000 ft (305 m) gain in elevation.
Proximity to the equator (latitude)
Between the polar and tropical regions, the closer to the equator, the more direct sunlight passes through the atmosphere over the course of a year. For example, the southern United States gets fifty percent more sunlight than the northern United States.
In the temperate zones between 23.5° and 66.5°, UV radiation varies substantially by latitude and season. The higher the latitude, the lower the intensity of the UV rays.
Most sunburn is caused by longer wavelengths, simply because those are more prevalent in sunlight at ground level.
In recent decades, the incidence and severity of sunburn have increased worldwide, partly because of chemical damage to the atmosphere’s ozone layer.
Ozone depletion and the seasonal “ozone hole” have led to much larger changes in some locations, especially in the southern hemisphere.
Suntans, which naturally develop in some individuals as a protective mechanism against the sun, are viewed by most in the Western world as desirable. This has led to an overall increase in exposure to UV radiation from both the natural sun and tanning lamps.
Suntans can provide a modest sun protection factor (SPF) of 3, meaning that tanned skin would tolerate up to three times the UV exposure as pale skin.
Sunburns associated with indoor tanning can be severe.
Considerations for diagnosis include duration and intensity of UV exposure, use of topical or systemic medications, history of dermatologic disease, and nutritional status.
Non-immunological response to sunlight interacting with certain drugs and chemicals in the skin which resembles an exaggerated sunburn. Common drugs that may cause a phototoxic reaction include:
- Nalidixic acid
- Thiazides, and
Uncommon immunological response to sunlight interacting with certain drugs and chemicals in the skin. When in an excited state by UVR, these drugs and chemicals form free radicals that react to form functional antigens and induce a Type IV hypersensitivity reaction. These drugs include:
- 6-methyl coumarin
- Aminobenzoic acid and esters
- Sulfonamides, and
Unlike phototoxic reactions which resemble exaggerated sunburns, photoallergic reactions can cause intense itching and can lead to thickening of the skin.
UV radiation induces inflammation of the skin after contact with certain plants (including limes, celery, and meadow grass). Causes pain, redness, and blistering of the skin in the distribution of plant exposure.
Polymorphic light eruption
Recurrent abnormal reaction to UVR. It can present in various ways including pink-to-red bumps, blisters, plaques, and urticaria.
Other skin diseases exacerbated by sunlight
Several dermatologic conditions can increase in severity with exposure to UVR. These include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), dermatomyositis, acne, atopic dermatitis, and rosacea.
The most effective way to prevent sunburn is to reduce the amount of UV radiation reaching the skin. The World Health Organization, American Academy of Dermatology, and Skin Cancer Foundation recommend the following measures to prevent excessive UV exposure and skin cancer:
- Limit sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when UV rays are the strongest. Avoid stepping out during this period unless absolutely necessary
- If stepping out is inevitable, take preventive measures like applying suitable sunscreen lotion, wearing a hat/cap, sun-protective clothes, and wearing shades to protect the eyes from the ultraviolet rays of the sun
- Seek shade when UV rays are most intense
- Avoid tanning beds and artificial UV exposure
- Try wearing clothes that completely cover your skin, leaving it unexposed
- Avoid sun contact for more than half an hour every day, if your skin is sensitive and prone to sunburns
- Neem oil is the saving grace for those individuals who have a tendency of developing sunburns regularly
The strength of sunlight is published in many locations as a UV Index. Sunlight is generally strongest when the sun is close to the highest point in the sky. Due to time zones and daylight saving time, this is not necessarily at 12 noon, but often one to two hours later.
Seeking shade including using umbrellas and canopies can reduce the amount of UV exposure, but does not block all UV rays. The WHO recommends following the shadow rule:
“Watch your shadow – Short shadow, seek shade!”
Sunburn prevention with Sunscreen
Commercial preparations are available that block UV light, known as sunscreens or sunblocks. They have a sun protection factor (SPF) rating, based on the sunblock’s ability to suppress sunburn.
Sunscreens function as chemicals such as oxybenzone and dioxybenzone that absorb UV radiation (chemical sunscreens) or opaque materials such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide to physically block UV radiation (physical sunscreens).
Chemical and mineral sunscreens vary in the wavelengths of UV radiation blocked.
Broad-spectrum sunscreens contain filters that protect against UVA radiation as well as UVB. Although UVA radiation does not primarily cause sunburn, it does contribute to skin aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.
Sunscreen is effective and thus recommended for preventing melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. There is little evidence that it is effective in preventing basal cell carcinoma.
A typical use of sunscreen does not usually result in vitamin D deficiency, but extensive usage may.
Sunburn prevention without sunscreen
You can prevent getting a sunburn by staying in the shade and wearing protective clothing.
Long sleeve clothes
Wear long-sleeved clothes when you go outdoors. Pants and a long-sleeved shirt shield your body from the sun’s rays; darker colors protect skin better than light ones. If you’re at the beach or pool and can’t wear long-sleeved clothes, cover your torso with a long T-shirt.
Washing of clothes
Wash clothes with UV-repellent laundry detergent. These detergents coat clothing with microscopic crystals. The crystals prevent UV rays from penetrating the fabric and getting to your skin.
Put on a wide-brimmed hat before heading out in the sun. Your face burns easily, so it’s important to shade it with a hat, especially if you’re not applying sunscreen. Don’t use straw hats; they have small holes that let sunlight through.
Protect your eyes with sunglasses that filter UVA and UVB rays. Opt for wrap-around sunglasses for the best protection.
Sit in the shade as often as you can when you’re outdoors. Look for a shade under an awning or tree. At the pool or beach, sit under a large umbrella.
Avoid going outside between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. The sun’s rays are strongest during this time period.
The eyes are also sensitive to sun exposure at about the same UV wavelengths as skin; snow blindness is essentially a sunburn of the cornea. Wrap-around sunglasses or the use by spectacle-wearers of glasses that block UV light reduce the harmful radiation.
Dietary factors influence susceptibility to sunburn, recovery from sunburn, and risk of secondary complications from sunburn. Several dietary antioxidants, including essential vitamins, have been shown to have some effectiveness for protecting against sunburn and skin damage associated with ultraviolet radiation, in both human and animal studies.
Supplementation with Vitamin C and Vitamin E was shown in one study to reduce the amount of sunburn after a controlled amount of UV exposure.
Babies and children are particularly susceptible to UV damage which increases their risk of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers later in life. Children should not sunburn at any age and protective measures can ensure their future risk of skin cancer is reduced.
Infants 0-6 months
Children under 6 months generally have skin too sensitive for sunscreen and protective measures should focus on avoiding excessive UV exposure by using window mesh covers, wide brim hats, loose clothing that covers the skin, and reducing UV exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm.
Infants 6-12 months
Sunscreen can safely be used on infants this age. It is recommended to apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen to exposed areas as well as avoid excessive UV exposure by using wide-brim hats and protective clothing.
Toddlers and Preschool-aged children
Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF 30+ sunscreen to exposed areas, use wide-brim hats and sunglasses, avoid peak UV intensity hours of 10 am-4 pm and seek shade. Sun protective clothing with an SPF rating can also provide additional protection.
Artificial UV exposure
The WHO recommends that artificial UV exposure including tanning beds should be avoided as no safe dose has been established. When one is exposed to any artificial source of occupational UV, special protective clothing (for example, welding helmets/shields) should be worn. Such sources can produce UVC, an extremely carcinogenic wavelength of UV which ordinarily is not present in normal sunlight, having been filtered out by the atmosphere.
The primary measure is avoiding further exposure to the sun. The best treatment for most sunburns is time. Most sunburns heal completely within a few weeks.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following for treatment of sunburn:
- For pain relief, take cool baths or showers frequently
- Use soothing moisturizers that contain aloe vera or soy. Hydrocortisone creams that can be purchased over-the-counter can also be used on areas that are painful, however, avoid creams that end in “Caine” as these can be more irritating
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin can help with the pain
- Keep hydrated and drink extra water
- Do not pop blisters on a sunburn. Instead, let them heal on their own
- Protect sunburned skin with loose clothing when going outside to prevent further damage
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen), and aspirin may decrease redness and pain. Local anesthetics such as benzocaine, however, are contraindicated.
A sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water is recommended to help prevent dehydration.
Sunburn Home Remedies
Aloe vera is often endorsed as the ‘burn plant’, indicating its natural properties to cure sunburn. The leaves of the plant consist of anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and the jelly-like nature help calm skin irritation caused by the burn.
You can apply the jelly that comes out of the leaf directly on the burnt area, at least twice a day. Medical stores also sell aloe vera creams which are highly effective in case of sunburns. They must be applied regularly on the affected area for best results.
It is often referred to as ‘healing’ oil that helps reduce the pain that the sunburn causes. However, it relieves and rejuvenates the skin, repairing the cracks that occur. Moreover, it also helps to reduce wrinkling of the skin.
Apply coconut oil on the affected area and leave on overnight. Massage it on the skin and apply regularly. It could also be applied every day before bathing.
Ice Bag/ Bag of Frozen Food
Its cooling properties help in absorbing the heat from the skin hence soothing the sunburnt area. A bag of frozen food like corn or beans helps in the same way by cooling down the dry skin. Applying these kinds of cool compresses regularly in the day shows a lot of improvement.
It is one of the simplest and most affordable home remedies to cure sunburn. It has several medicinal properties that are beneficial especially for skin trouble. Its anti-aging property reduces wrinkles caused by excessive rays of the sun.
It provides great itch relief and is able to soften the skin, thus bringing relief to the sunburnt area. It is suggested to mix the sandalwood paste with ice cold water and apply it on the affected burnt area daily for 100% results.
Sunburn & Free Siddha Energy Remedies
1. Siddha preventive measures for Sunburn
Everybody must practice Siddha preventive measures, whether affected with sunburn or not, but they are the primary steps for switching on to any other Siddha energy remedies, and hence they are important. It helps in one’s capability, effectiveness, and productivity, decision making power, intellectuality and removing minor health problems. There are three types of preventive measures:
- Earthing – performed for earthing the negativity of our body
- Field Cleaning – cleans energy field (Aura) of our body
- Siddha Brain Exercise/Energizing – energizes our brain for proper functionality
Everybody’s tendency is to get attracted toward the word ‘free‘, however, don’t neglect even these Siddha preventive measures are free. Avail the benefits by practicing them sincerely, and regularly. For the ease of understanding Siddha preventive measures, please watch a video for a live demonstration.
2. Siddha Shaktidata Yog for Sunburn
This unique Siddha Shaktidata Yog of Siddha Spirituality can solve the problems related to sunburn with free Siddha energy remedies. There is no compulsion of training of ‘Swami Hardas Life System’ methods. This not only gives benefits to self but also it can be used for other affected persons, whether a person is in the same house, distantly available in the same city, same nation or maybe in any corner of the world, however, both the procedures have been explained here.
3. Siddha Kalyan Sadhana for Sunburn
Recite this Sadhana with a Sankalp “My problems of sunburn are solved as early as possible and I should gain health”, which should be repeated in mind 3 – 3 times every after each stanza. Any person irrespective of caste, creed, religion, faith, sex, and age can recite this Sadhana for free, which should be repeated at least twice in a day. To know more, please click on this link.
4. CCPE products for Sunburn
These products work on the concepts of ‘Conceptual Creative Positive Energy’ (CCPE) within the provisions of ‘CCPE Life System’ and the theory of Quantum Technology to a certain extent. However, the products get activated only whenever touched by a human and then they become capable of solving the problem and achieving health. However, please use these products for solving problems of sunburn as mentioned below:
The CCPE Extractor should be gently moved over the Agya Chakra in a circular motion at least for 30 to 60 seconds, thereafter, follow the same process on the head, heart, and naval for another 30 to 60 seconds, which will convert negativity into positivity. This is how the process finishes within almost 5 minutes.
Keep one Booster over the Agya Chakra and another one each over the head, heart, and naval for 3 – 5 minutes. You may need to have 4 Boosters and the process would finish within almost 3 – 5 minutes, which establishes positivity. This is how the process finishes within almost 5 minutes.
CCPE Booster powder
Add a pinch of CCPE Booster powder in a bucket of warm water. Take bath regularly in the morning for the relief from the problems.
Make a paste of CCPE Booster powder by mixing a few drops of water or coconut oil, and apply on the affected part.
In view of the above, I am confident that you have learned about sunburn, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments, home remedies, and also learned free Siddha energy remedies. Now, you have become self-sufficient. Hence its right time to use your acquired knowledge for solving sunburn related problems as per the provision available in Siddha Spirituality of Swami Hardas Life System.
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