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Sunburn - Skin in Child

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Contributors: Sarah Stein MD, Karen Wiss MD, Sheila Galbraith MD, Craig N. Burkhart MD, Dean Morrell MD, Lynn Garfunkel MD, Nancy Esterly MD
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Synopsis

Sunburn is caused by the skin's reaction to ultraviolet light exposure. It presents as reddening and tenderness of the skin that typically occurs between 12 and 24 hours after the ultraviolet exposure. It can develop into blistering and desquamation.

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ICD10CM:
L55.9 – Sunburn, unspecified

SNOMEDCT:
403194002 – Solar erythema

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Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls

Many drugs that are phototoxic and cause exaggerated sunburn are active in the UVA spectrum. UVA can pass through window glass that stops UVB (the usual wavelength for inducing skin cancer).

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Last Updated: 05/11/2015
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Sunburn (Severe Sunburn) : Chills, Fever, Headache, Nausea, Erythema, Skin warm to touch, Sun exposure - recent intense, Sun-exposed distribution
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