Sunburn can develop from unprotected exposure to natural or artificial sources of UV light such as the sun or tanning booths. Even though anyone is at danger, irrespective of the skin color or weather, it is likely to develop among those with fair skin who spend extended hours under the sun.
The condition is due to the direct damage to the DNA by UV light which results to the actual death of the skin cells. The inflammation linked with this process causes the blood vessels in the skin to dilate. After a few hours of exposure, the skin cells start to die. The redness typically starts around 3 hours and peaks at 24 hours.
What are the accompanying symptoms of sunburn?
- Fever and chills
It is important to note that the rash typically fades in a week with scaling or flaking but the harm can last throughout the years resulting to skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots and slack skin.
Am I at risk for skin cancer?
Remember that skin cancer is a common form of malignancy that affects many individuals all over the globe.
One of the culprits for skin cancer or melanoma is sunburn. It is important to note that no one is immune to sunburn. Getting sunburn at a young age or during adulthood can heighten the risk for ending up with melanoma which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Dangers of tanning beds
Those who are exposed to excessive UV rays especially from tanning beds or booths are at high risk for developing skin cancer.
Generally, those who start using tanning beds before 35 years of age increases their risk by 75% and those who has used a tanning bed face a risk by 15%.