Getting Sun Burn Easily

What Causes Sunburn Susceptibility?

Sunburn susceptibility can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose sunburn susceptibility, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "sunburn susceptibility" as a symptom.  For example, pyroluria.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
a few white spots on fingernails
being an unsocial person
forgetting dreams
high alcohol consumption
being prone to 'stitches'
being a recovered alcoholic
no desire to eat breakfast
no social support group
chronic nausea
fatigue after slight exertion
high sensitivity to bright light
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of sunburn susceptibility.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Environmental Risk Factors section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about getting sun burn easily:
Compared to other people with similar skin color, how quickly do you sunburn?
Possible responses:
→ I sunburn very quickly, much faster than most
→ I am sometimes more easily sunburned than others
→ About average / don't know
→ I don't easily get sunburned compared to others
→ I burn much slower than most people my skin color
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate rapid sunburn tendency, increased sunburn tendency, decreased tendency to sunburn or low tendency to sunburn, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Pyroluria.
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