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How long does a sunburn usually last?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A sunburn may take longer than you'd like to fade away. First, the effects of a sunburn (the redness and pain) may not show up until several hours after being out in the sun. The pain may hang around for a couple of days. At that time, you may notice peeling of the skin. Finally, a few days later, the sunburn has usually faded (though it can take longer if it is a bad burn).

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