We often expose ourselves to the sun with the hope of getting a golden tan, but leave the beach looking like a burned lobster. There are so many warnings about the damage sun can cause, but we are rarely noticing them.
The skin can react badly to the burning rays of the sun. The skin burns and turns red and irritated after being exposed to the sun for a longer period of time. A recent research has shown that more than a third of all adults and 70% of all children were burned only the last year.
Sunburn is an obvious sign that you have been too exposed to the UV sun rays. However, in some cases, the ultraviolet light is not visible on the skin by can badly alter your DNA by aging your skin prematurely and even leading to skin cancers. This is why it is highly important that we all get introduced to the most common sunburn symptoms
Symptoms of Sunburn
Sunburn represents differently for every individual. How soon you will get sunburned depends on the intensity of the sun, your skin type and how long you have been exposed to the ultraviolet light. Generally speaking, blond people and those with light eyes will redden much more and far sooner than people with darker hair and eyes. In addition, a person sunbathing in Rio de Janeiro is more likely to get sunburned than those in Los Angeles.
Whatever your hair color is and wherever you are, the sunburn will still turn the skin red and will hurt. If you are suffering from severe sunburn, you can even develop blisters and swelling. In some cases, you may even feel feverish or experience headaches, nausea, chills and weakness. A few days after you get sunburned, the skin is very likely to become itching and start peeling. This is your body’s way of getting rid of the cells that the sun damaged.
You can be sunburned after as little as 10 minutes of being in the sun, but you may not be aware of this right away. The discomfort, inflammation and redness can show up a few hours later.
Generally speaking, the most common signs of sunburn are:
- Skin redness
There is no clear indicator as to which part of your body will be burned. Any part you expose to the sun for too long can be burned, including the scalp, the lips and the earlobes. Even your eyes can be burned by the sun. When this happens, they will fill gritty or even painful.
Do not think that if you cover a body area, it cannot burn. If you have clothing that has loose weave, this will allow the UV light to get trough and burn your skin.
The signs and symptoms appear within hours after you are exposed to the sun, but it may even take longer than a day to realize how severe the burn actually is. If the burn is not too severe, your body may start healing after a few days. It will do this by peeling the damaged skin’s top layer. When this happens, your skin will have irregular pattern and color, right after the moment when the cells from beneath the top layer replace those that peeled off. If you are having a bad sunburn, it may take few days or even longer for your burned skin to heal.
Visit the Doctor’s Office if:
- Your body starts blistering and covering a large body portion
- You are experiencing extreme pain
- You are having high fever
- You are experiencing headaches
- You are experiencing chills and confusion
- You cannot relieve the pain and inflammation within two days of at-home care
- The pain and the tenderness increase
- The swelling increases
- Open blisters start showing pus (yellow drainage)
Sun burning is a serious matter that can lead to complicated conditions and even death. We know how important tan is for you, but taking care of your skin is a very important thing you must pay attention too. Leaving the home without any protection such as a hat, sunscreen or sunglasses, especially in the periods of the day when the sun is at its strongest is the fastest way of getting sunburned. Therefore, you should always avoid being too exposed to the sun. If you do get sunburned, pay attention to your sunburn symptoms and visit the doctor if you experience any discomfort that points to more severe sunburn.