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Sunburn

Sunburn

Overview

When the skin is overexposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun a sunburn can occur. The symptoms of a sunburn can take up to 24 hours to appear. The skin can be red, warm, tender, blistered, and swollen.

Review Date 6/19/2021

Updated by: Ramin Fathi, MD, FAAD, Director, Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, Phoenix, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.