Sunburn risk factors at Galveston beaches.

Adrienne B. Shoss-Glaich, Tatsuo Uchida, Richard F. Wagner

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Although the beach is a well-recognized environment for sunburn injury, specific risk factors for sunburn and their interactions are poorly understood. In this epidemiologic study, variables related to sunburn injury at the beach were analyzed. Beachgoers exposed to more than 4 hours of sun at the beach were significantly more likely to sunburn compared with those with less exposure. Other significant sunburn risk factors were lack of sunscreen use or use of sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of 15 or less and Fitzpatrick Skin Types I and II. Reasonable sunburn avoidance strategies should include limiting duration of sun exposure to fewer than 4 hours per day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-65
Number of pages4
JournalTexas medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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