- Minor and uncomplicated cases of sunburn cause discomfort and no long-lasting effects.
A person can expect to feel better in
4-7 days. The affected individual may see skin loss or peeling. This is often associated with severe itching, especially at night, after sweating, or after showering.
- Other skin problems, such as herpes simplex,
lupus, and porphyria (an inherited disorder of sensitivity to sunlight) may worsen
with increased sun exposure.
- Chronic sun exposure may lead to premature aging,
severe wrinkling, pigmented skin lesion development (moles), and various malignant (cancerous) skin tumors. Premature
cataract formation in the eye can also result.
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