The summer has been sizzling and with most of us just overcoming a heat wave it’s the opportune time to go over a few important facts.
- Most of us have bottles of sunscreen that we have been using for a while and if we haven’t been using it we’ve just owned it for a while. Almost everything has an expiration date these days and most of us take those dates as suggestions. The purpose of sunscreen is to protect us from harmful UV rays that can lead to skin cancers. For sunscreen to serve its function and still be effective you should not keep using it beyond its expiration date. Apply your sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going out in the sun and keep reapplying it during the course of the day.
- Being out in the sun for long periods of time without hydrating can put you at risk of heat related illnesses, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Another important risk factor is alcohol consumption as it already causes dehydration and the effects are compounded when you are out on a hot day. Heat exhaustion will present with profuse sweating, feeling you are going to faint, fatigue, dizziness and even muscle cramps. Heat stroke is the more severe version and will include symptoms of headache, increased pulse and confusion. If you start feeling symptomatic get out of the sun, get to a cool place, hydrate and in the event of a heat stroke call 911.
- Stay hydrated! It is easier said than done because we stay in the air conditioned indoors and end up drinking less and less water. A good tip is to keep a water bottle with you and this way you are more likely to drink water. If you are out in the sun and are drinking alcohol make sure to also consume adequate amounts of water to not become dehydrated.
the Doctors @ Aepios