Summer is a time for outdoor fun, but it's important to remember to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. While we all know that sunburn can cause redness and peeling, there are other serious health consequences to consider. Here are the top 20 unexpected ways that sunburn can harm your health.
1. Worsening Migraines
For those who already suffer from headaches or migraines, overexposure to the sun can make the pain even worse. Sun glare and sun poisoning are known to cause headaches, according to the Mayo Clinic.
2. Sunburnt Lips
Your lips are made of skin and can become sunburnt too. When this happens, it can lead to swelling of the tongue, blistering, and difficulty breathing. Lip balms with SPF protection should be used to protect them.
3. Damage to Skin Cells
When we get sunburnt, we are hurting cells called fibroblasts that produce collagen, leaving our skin defenseless against wrinkles and other damage.
4. Itch Madness
In rare instances, a bad sunburn can lead to a “debilitating, madness-inducing itch” that can be extremely distressing.
5. Trigger of Psoriasis
A bad sunburn can trigger psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes patches of itchy, thickened skin to develop.
6. Myositis Muscle Weakness
Myositis is an autoimmune disease that weakens the muscles. Women who developed myositis while exposed to high levels of UV rays were more likely to develop an even worse form of the disease known as dermatomyositis, which causes painful rashes in addition to the muscle weakness.
7. Weakened Immune System
The immune cells in our skin are the first line of defense against infections that infiltrate the skin. When the skin gets sunburnt, the body's supply of Langerhan cells is wiped out, making us more vulnerable to illness.
8. Herpes Flare-Ups
Sitting outside without sunscreen is a bad idea for those who suffer from the Herpes simplex virus. Overexposure to sunlight weakens the immune system and causes the virus to act up.
9. Water Retention
Sunburns cause our body to retain water, leading to severe water retention that can get to the point of gaining seven pounds after getting sunburnt.
10. Eye Damage
It is difficult to protect the eyes from UV rays, and as a result, they are at a higher risk for photoconjunctivitis and photokeratitis, both of which are painful inflammatory conditions.
11. Flu-Like Symptoms
Sunburns can cause symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, and nausea and vomiting, which are similar to those found during flu season.
12. Trigger of Lupus
Sunlight may trigger a lupus rash and its joint pain and fatigue symptoms.
13. Shallow Breathing
Rapid, shallow breathing is one of the side effects of heatstroke, which can require medical attention.
Sunburned skin draws fluid to the surface and can lead to dehydration, causing dizziness and muscle fatigue.
15. Painful Blisters
Second-degree sunburns can cause painful blisters that can lead to infections down the road.
Certain medications and conditions can lead to painful hives that can be aesthetically displeasing.
17. Acne Breakouts
Exposure to sunlight can increase sebum production, leading to an increase in acne breakouts.
18. Pregnancy Risks
Sunburns can potentially lead to birth defects, preterm labor, or even a miscarriage, making it essential for pregnant women to avoid getting burnt.
19. Heart Issues
High levels of vitamin D from overexposure to sunlight have been linked to strokes and heart attacks.
20. Skin Cancer
Of course, the most devastating potential side effect of sunburn is the development of skin cancer.
- 1. Worsening Migraines
- 2. Sunburnt Lips
- 3. Damage to Skin Cells
- 4. Itch Madness
- 5. Trigger of Psoriasis
- 6. Myositis Muscle Weakness
- 7. Weakened Immune System
- 8. Herpes Flare-Ups
- 9. Water Retention
- 10. Eye Damage
- 11. Flu-Like Symptoms
- 12. Trigger of Lupus
- 13. Shallow Breathing
- 14. Dehydration
- 15. Painful Blisters
- 16. Hives
- 17. Acne Breakouts
- 18. Pregnancy Risks
- 19. Heart Issues
- 20. Skin Cancer
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