In Texas, hot summers are normal. Everyone expects the heat and the sun, but are you preparing your family for it? When every summer is a scorcher, it can be easy to forget some of the precautions we all have to take when going out in the sun this summer. To get ready for a great season of family activities, let’s celebrate Sun Safety Awareness Week with a refresher on the biggest sun health hazards to keep an eye on.
This is one of the first concerns anyone has when they’re preparing for a long day at the beach. Sunburn can be painful, and it is unhealthy for your skin. Wearing sun hats and seeking shade throughout the day are good ways to help alleviate your exposure to the sun, but sunscreen is one of the best options to make sure your skin stays protected.
Make sure to apply your sunscreen every 2 hours while you are in the sun, or more often if you’re sweating or spending a lot of time in water. Use a broad-spectrum lotion, with SPF 50 or above for the best protection. Before reapplying, make sure your skin is dry, so that your sunscreen won’t drip off.
If you already have a sunburn, then try wearing sun shirts and wide-brim hats when you next go out.
So you’re well protected from sunburns, but did you remember to pack water bottles for your outdoor adventuring? The bright sun poses more risks than just peeling skin and staying well-hydrated is one of the best ways to stay healthy outside. Drinking a few gulps of water every 20 minutes throughout the day is a good way to stay hydrated, but if you’re sweating a lot, then it is a good idea to drink more.
After a long day in the sun, make sure to also replenish your electrolytes, so try picking up a low-sugar sports drink to enjoy.
Sometimes, no matter how much sunscreen you apply or how much water you drink, the heat can be too much. If you are staying well-hydrated and taking frequent rests throughout the day, you should be able to avoid heat exhaustion. However, it is always a good idea to be familiar with the symptoms, so you know when your loved ones need to seek medical help.
- Dizziness & Nausea
- Muscle cramps
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
If you notice any of these signs while you’re outdoors, seek immediate medical help.
Keeping yourself safe in the sun is the perfect way to start your summer right. Whether you are lounging by the water, hiking some sunny trails, or any other fun summer activities, Red River ER wants to help keep you and your family safe. Our facility is open 24/7, even on holidays, with concierge-level care for patients of all ages. If you or a loved one experience any summer emergencies, we will be here to get you well again.
The blog post was written by Maggie Berardo, a Content Writer at Nutex Health, Inc.
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