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Within a few hours after sun exposure, a person may notice having red and painful skin that feels hot to the touch. This means that they have a condition known as sunburn, which may take from several days to weeks in order to fade.
The risk of developing skin related diseases and complications will increase due to intense sun exposure. Some of those complications may be skin cancer (including melanoma), liver spots, dry and wrinkled skin and actinic keratoses.
There are several home remedies and treatments that can alleviate the pain of sunburn and speed recovery. However, by protecting the skin when going outside, one can prevent sunburn and the skin conditions that are caused by it.
Prepared by: Scientific Section
Some of the signs and symptoms of sunburn may be:
The ultraviolet radiation is a wavelength of sunlight that is in too short of a range to be seen by the human eye. The three wavelength bands of the UV light are:
The risk of developing certain complications and diseases that are related to skin will be increased due to intense sun exposure. Skin cancer, infection and premature aging of the skin may be some of those complications.
Even though treatment for sunburn may reduce pain, swelling and discomfort, however, it won't heal or prevent damage to the skin. Applying a cool compress, applying an aloe vera lotion and taking an over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medication are some of the self-care measures that may be helpful. Based on the severity of the burn, sunburn may resolve on its own within several days.
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