Although sunlight in small doses (15 to 20 minutes per day) is vital to a person’s health, damage caused by spending too much time in the sun can be dangerous, as well as irreversible and can result in a medical emergency. Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, even for short periods, can damage skin and eyes. Long-term effects of the sun’s damage include wrinkles, leathery skin, cataracts, moles, “age spots” and skin cancer.
Seek immediate medical care if you have severe sunburn with any of the accompanying symptoms:
- A severe sunburn with blisters
- Fever or chills
- Nausea or vomiting