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.