oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Sunburn: prevention and treatment

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



The electromagnetic radiation which reaches the earth from the sun extends from 290 to 4,000 nm, from the ultrashort invisible radiation through the visible spectrum to the infra-red spectrum. Sunburn is the unpleasant result of exposure to sunlight of 290 to 320 nm in the ultraviolet spectrum and varies from mild erythema to a fiery redness with oedema and blistering.

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