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Dr. Kevin Hoos examines a sunburn patient. Hoos said the emergency room sees on average between 20 and 30 severe sunburn cases each year, most in people in their early 20s.

As summer sizzles, save your skin from the sun

With children out of school for summer vacation and the weather heating up, people will do anything to get outside but it's important to be conscious of your skin and the damage that could be caused by too much sun exposure.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and any exposed skin is susceptible to sunburn. Peeling, headache, fever, chills, fluid-filled blisters and pain are just some of the symptoms of a sever sunburn.

A sunburn can be mild redness and warmth, or it can become life-threatening.

"Just one sunburn can to lead to skin cancer," said dermatologist Dr. Joe Roundtree. "It depends a lot on your skin tone."

When going out in the sun, there are tips and tricks for combating the heat and keeping your skin healthy.

Skin damage caused by sun exposure is due to UVA and UVB rays. They are the strongest during midday, so try to stay inside or in a shaded area to protect yourself.

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