Enjoying your time under the sun can have a very painful consequence— sunburn. It primarily happens when your skin is exposed too long to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Understanding the duration and healing process of this condition can help manage the expectations and push for better sun protection strategies.
This condition manifests as red, painful, and often swollen skin which sometimes develops blisters. Mild cases typically result in a slight redness, known as erythema, while a more serious case can cause blistering, even leading to second-degree burns. Severe cases may be accompanied by sun poisoning, characterized by nausea, fever, and chills.
The duration of sunburn can vary depending on its severity, but typically, it can last between 3-7 days. More severe cases can take about 14 days to recover and may need medical attention.