Fact or Fiction: Sunburn

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Fact or Fiction: Sunburn
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About This Quiz

We've said it before, and we'll say it again -- wear SPF 30 every day, even if you're not sunbathing! Take this quiz to learn how to protect your skin from the skin -- and what happens when you burn.
The most dangerous time of day for sunburn is between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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The sun's rays are most intense between 10 and 4 -- prime beach time.
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almost fact: It's actually from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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UV exposure doubles with every 1,000-foot rise in elevation, so you really need to watch the sun when you're skiing.
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You do need to be very careful when in the sun at high elevations, but it's a 4 percent UV increase each time you rise 1,000 feet.
almost fact: UV exposure triples with a 1,000-foot elevation gain.

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Another reason you need to be careful in the mountains is that snow reflects the sun, increasing your sunburn chances.
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The UV rays are reflected along with everything else, so being in snow and sun does increase your sunburn danger.
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almost fact: Snow does reflect sunlight, but the UV rays aren't reflected.

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The southern United States gets twice as much sunlight as the northern part of the country.
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almost fact: The South gets 1.5 times more sunlight.
Yes, Southerners get 1.5 times more sun than Northerners do, so they need to take more precaution against sunburn.

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Your skin can start to burn after an hour of sun exposure.
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People with fair skin can start to burn within a half-hour of being out in the sun.
almost fact: It usually takes about two hours for skin to start to burn.

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UVA and UVB rays are both responsible for sunburn.
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Both UVA and UVB rays damage the skin and cause sunburn.
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almost fact: Only UVA rays damage the skin.

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Tanning beds produce only UVB rays, so they don't damage the skin or cause as much sunburn as the sun does.
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Wrong. Tanning beds produce both kinds of rays, so they're just as dangerous as the sun is.
almost fact: Tanning beds produce only UVA rays.

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If you have a bad sunburn, you'll probably feel the strongest effects about 12 to 24 hours after sun exposure.
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Peak sunburn effects generally come in about 12 to 24 hours.
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almost fact: The worst effects are usually about three to four hours later.

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A sunburn can make you throw up.
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Yes, a severe sunburn can do such damage to your system that you might vomit or have a fever.
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almost fact: If you've vomited after a sunburn, it's probably just a coincidence.

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The best thing to do for a bad sunburn is to slather your skin in oily lotions and ointments.
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The best thing is aloe vera gel -- it contains aloectin B, which stimulates the immune system. Greasy lotions could actually seal in the heat and make burns worse.
almost fact: Use lotions, but sparingly.

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