Staying Safe in the Sun

Summer is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors, but you should make sure you stay safe and be aware of the possible dangers of heat and the sun’s rays. Always slather on that sunscreen before your expose your skin to the sun’s harmful rays. Skin damage can happen quickly and increases your risk of skin cancer and sunstroke. Protect your skin with a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher.

Additional ways to protect your skin include:

· Wear light, comfortable clothing that covers your skin.

· Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp, face, and neck.

· Don’t wear sunscreen that has passed its expiration date.

· Reapply sunscreen frequently when swimming, toweling off, or sweating.

· Stay in the shade and out of the direct sun.

· Stay indoors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays and the heat of the day are most intense.

In addition to keeping your skin safe from sun damage, protect your body from the harmful effects of summer heat by keeping your body cool indoors, in the shade, or in cool water. Be cautious about over-exerting yourself in the heat, and schedule outdoor exercise or chores for cooler morning or evening hours. Keep your body well hydrated with water or a sports drink. When you are out in the heat, maintain awareness about how you are feeling and watch for signs of heat stroke, which can be deadly.

Signs of heat stroke include:

· Racing pulse

· Elevated body temperature

· Nausea

· Muscle cramps

· Headache

· Dizziness

· Lack of sweat despite the heat

· Confusion

If you notice any of these signs, you should get to the shade or indoors and seek medical help immediately. However, if you would simply like more information on skin cancer and staying safe in the sun, don’t hesitate to contact us at Medical Center of McKinney. Visit us online or give us a call at 972-547-8000.

Sources:

Extreme Heat (CDC)

Protect Your Heart in the Heat (American Heart Association)

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