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Sunburn is a skin injury that results from excessive exposure to ultraviolet UVB (and to a lesser extent UVA) solar radiation. The two categories of radiation are based on wavelength of the solar light. It is important to understand how different skin coloration types react to sunlight, and plan sunscreen prevention accordingly.
The treatment of sunburn includes cool compresses, as well as topical anti-itching medications such as Sarna™ or Aveeno Anti-Itch™ lotion. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprophen (Motrin™, Advil™) or naproxen (Alleve™ are helpful to relieve pain and inflammation. Steroid creams are beneficial, especially if a high-potency cream is combined with the oral anti-inflammatory drug.