If you have a sunburn, you’ll have pink or red, tender skin that feels hot to the touch. Sunburn is a sign of skin cell damage. At best, repeated sunburns increase your likelihood of dry, premature wrinkled skin and dark spots, and at worst, sunburns increase your risk of skin cancers.
Signs and symptoms of sunburn usually appear within a few hours of too much sun or ultraviolet (UV) light exposure from sunshine or artificial sources, such as tanning beds or sunlamps. It may take a day or longer to know the full extent of your sunburn. If you have a sunburn, you probably have one or more of the following symptoms on parts of your body:
- Pinkness or redness
- Skin that feels warm or hot to the touch
- Pain, tenderness or itching
- Small fluid-filled blisters, which may break
- A headache, fever, chills, and fatigue if the sunburn is severe
After a few days of getting sunburned, your body may start to heal itself by "peeling" the top layer of damaged skin. This temporarily causes you to have an uneven skin color and pattern.
Why Choose UHealth?
World-class leaders in skin care treatment. University of Miami Health System is recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in caring for conditions and disorders of the skin. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide superior, personalized treatments for dermatologic conditions.