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Sunburn can begin after just 15 to 20 minutes of being in the sun. However, you might not notice signs of sunburn (like redness and skin discomfort) for a few hours.
Sunburn may not seem like a big deal, but repeated burns can lead to skin cancer.
Possible signs of mild sunburn are:
Possible signs of a more serious sunburn are:
If a child has sunburn:
To help prevent sunburn:
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: May 2013
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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