Too Much Sun Exposure

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) advises talking to children, teens, and young adults, who are 10 to 24 years of age, about the dangers of too much sun exposure. You should teach them how to protect themselves and reduce their risk of skin cancer.

There is not enough research to recommend screening for skin cancer. This does not mean it isn’t a good form of prevention. Talk to your doctor about screening if you are at risk of skin cancer. You also can check yourself and your kids at home.

There are Signs You’ve Gotten Too Much Sun

You stopped sweating – If you’re not sweating after spending time in the sun and your skin feels hot and dry, you may be experiencing heat stroke, a potentially life-threatening condition which can cause damage to your organs and brain.

You have a rash – Heat rash occurs more often in children but can also be seen in adults. When sweat ducts under the skin trap perspiration, a rash can develop either in the form of blisters or red bumps. It most commonly appears in places where skin folds or as a result of tight clothing.

You’re experiencing dizziness or confusion – Dizziness or confusion are both signs of heatstroke. Heatstroke is more serious than other conditions brought on by overexposure to heat, so if you suspect you or someone around you is showing symptoms of heatstroke, do not wait for symptoms to worsen but call for help immediately.

You have bumps or blisters – If your skin breaks out in itchy bumps or painful blisters in areas that have been exposed to the sun, you may be experiencing sun poisoning, which is more severe than the typical sunburn.