Pomerene Hospital Blog
Sun Safety 101
So it is finally warm (ish... it’s June 6th and the high today was mid 60s, but in Ohio, this is not unexpected). Even on a cool and cloudy day however, you should be thinking about sun safety. UV rays are still a concern on cloudy days and it only takes 15 minutes of exposure to cause skin damage.
Here are some tips for staying safe this summer.
- Shade is your best bet. Find a shady spot under a tree, umbrella, or other structure while enjoying the outdoors.
- Wear clothing with UV protection. Even a plain T-shirt is better than nothing.
- Wear a wide brimmed hat or a ball cap. But remember your ears with a ball cap!
- Wearing sunglasses reduces your risk of cataracts and permanent eye damage.
- Wear sunscreen and apply often, especially after swimming or sweating. Your sunscreen should be at least 15 SPF. What does SPF mean? A SPF of 15 means
you can be in the sun 15 times longer before burning. So a SPF of 70 is even better and will protect you longer. Make sure your makeup and lip
balm also contain SPF.
What to do if you get burned?
- Take aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for discomfort.
- Increase your water intake.
- Try a cool bath or cool rags on the burned areas.
- Use a soothing cream or aloe on burn.
- Do not break blisters.
Seek medical attention if:
- Your burns are severe and greater than 15% of your body.
- You are dehydrated.
- You have a fever.
- You have extreme pain for greater than 48 hours.
Hope you have a safe and fun summer!
Blog written by: Beth Amicone, APRN, FNP-C