After months of gray, cold days, it's hard to resist basking under a bright, hot summer sun.
If we are not careful, excessive exposure to the sun can hurt our skin and our health.
To avoid the sun's harmful rays, generously apply sunscreen. Lather up about 20 minutes before heading outside so your skin can absorb it. Sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 and provide protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
Another risk of staying in the sun is sunstroke, a result of excessive exposure to the sun's heat. Sunstroke is a type of heatstroke that occurs when our body's cooling system fails. Prolonged exposure to the sun and dehydration contribute to sunstroke. As a result, if you are outside for any length of time, make sure to drink plenty of water.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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