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Although sunlight in small doses is vital to a person’s health, damage caused by spending too much time in the sun can be dangerous, and even result in a medical emergency.

Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage skin and eyes. While the learn long-term effects of the sun’s damage can include wrinkles, leathery skin, cataracts, moles, “age spots” and skin cancer, you should seek immediate medical care if you have severe sunburn with any of the accompanying symptoms: 

  • A severe sunburn with blisters
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion

Anyone who thinks they're having a medical emergency should not hesitate to seek care. Federal law ensures that anyone who comes to the emergency department is treated and stabilized, and that their insurance provides coverage based on symptoms, not a final diagnosis. 

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