Information About Sunburn

Medically, sunburn is a classification of a burn injury. Redness usually develops 3 to 5 hours after exposure, peaking within 12 to 24 hours and can last for up to 7 days. Pain may be intense for up to 4 days. Skin peeling occurs 3 to 8 days following extensive sun exposure. First-degree sunburns typically heal in 2 to 5 days. Second-degree sunburn is more serious, with redder skin and blisters. There is considerable swelling over a period of days. This type can take from 3 to 14 days to heal. Sunburns may be accompanied by pain, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever and delirium.

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