Suntans and Sunburns Case Study Essay

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Suntans and Sunburns
A Case Study in the Integumentary System
By WH Cliff and AW Wright A Painful Winter Break

On the first day after arriving in Australia for Christmas vacation, a University of Niagara student plays out in the sun for six hours. Later that night he notices that the skin on his trunk, legs and arms becomes red, swollen and extremely painful. By morning all of the afflicted areas have developed numerous blisters. These areas cover about 30% of the trunk (front and back) and 40% of the arms and legs.

1. What organ has been damaged?
· The Integuemtary System (skin) has been damaged.

2. What general types of tissue have been afflicted?
· Stratified squamous epithelium
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Show your calculations!

· (36% x 30%)= 11%
· (36% x 40%)= 14%
· (18% x 40%)= 7%
· (11% + 14% + 7%)= 32%; #2% of the body’s surface has been burned.

10. Is the burn critical? Should the student seek medical attention?
· Yes he should seek medical attention to avoid developing any infections in the lacerations, as well as to receive meds to assist with the pain.

11. List all of the body functions that may be disrupted by such a burn.

· Integumentary
· Nervous
· Lymphatic
· Muscular


12. After a few days the skin peels and the burned areas begin to heal. The student notices that the healing areas are more susceptible to injuries due to chafing or trauma. What has happened to the skin that would cause this increased susceptibility?

· The barrier function has been altered so the skin is more susceptibile to trauma and damage.

During the next week after the student returns to the States, his friend tells him that a sunburn prepares his skin for a deep tan. His friend encourages him to quickly begin tanning sessions at a local tanning salon before the effects of the burn wear off.

13. What would you advise him to do? Why?
· I would advise him not go and to avoid long periods of exposure to sun and other radiation devices.
14. Is a deep tan a sign of skin that is healthy or severely stressed? Explain your answer.
· A deep tan is a sign of severely stressed skin. When skin is exposed to

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