August is Summer Sun Safety Month
Sun damage is a serious concern. According to the Skin Care Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.
It is important to take the correct precautions when going out into the sun, because ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure can damage your skin. Use the following to help prevent sun damage:
- Use a broad spectrum, (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
- Use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for extended sun exposure.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
- According to the American Cancer Society, UV rays are strongest between 10AM and 4PM – avoid sun exposure during this time.
Sometimes, it is impossible to avoid a sunburn. If you or a member of your family has a sunburn, here are a few ways to minimize the discomfort.
- Drink water!
- Sunburn draws fluids to the skin’s surface, so it is important to drink extra fluids while in the sun and as the sunburnt skin recovers.
- Cool Down
- Apply cool compresses and lotion or gels that contain aloe vera to your skin to help release the heat.
- Anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help with the pain of the sunburn.
If your sunburn is accompanied by fever, confusion, nausea or chills, and is not healing at home, it may be time to see a doctor. Visit www.americanfamilycare.com to find a physician near you. Remember, AFC is all you need!