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Sunburn (cont.)

Sunburn Prognosis

  • 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.

REFERENCES:

American Academy of Dermatology. Sunscreens.

FDA.gov. FDA Sheds Light on Sunscreens.

skincancer.org. Facts about Sunburn and Skin Cancer.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/15/2014

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