Happy Summer Break!
It's summer - it's time for fun in the sun!
Here are some tips for staying safe and healthy this summer!
1. Stay in the Shade
Stay inside, or at least in the shade, during the middle of the day! That’s when UV rays are most harmful.
2. Use Sunscreens—All Year Long
UV rays are harmful in all seasons and all weather. At the beach, you burn with a nice cool breeze just as easily as in stifling heat.
3. Cover Up with Clothes, a Hat, and Sun Glasses
Pack a long-sleeved T-shirt, knee-long shorts, or a beach coverup … and actually wear these—at least for part of the time you spend in the sun. Your head and neck are most vulnerable to cancer. So, sport that wide-brim, colorful hat with confidence! And, if the only hat you own is a baseball cap, make sure to smother your ears and neck with some additional sunscreen … just to be sure. Sun glasses don’t just add style to your summer outfit; they protect your eyes. So, don’t forget to get a pair of cool UVA/UVB blocking shades, for you and the kids in your life.
4. Make a Timely Exit
Good times do happen—plan for them! Always take extra sunscreen, a hat, and some long clothes with you. Move to a shady place before you feel you’re getting too much sun! Have a Plan B! When the first people “turn pink,” get everyone out of the sun. A sunburn takes time to develop. So, today’s pink may develop—literally over night!—into a painful sunburn.
5. Drink Enough Fluids!
Did you know that you should drink 64 ounces of water throughout the day? When doing physical work and in hot weather, your body needs even more. When you sweat, your body loses water. If you don’t replenish it, you become dehydrated. Dehydration is a serious matter! It can make you more prone to heat exhaustion!
6. Beat the Odds
Less pollen in the air means fewer allergies. Plan your outdoor activities on cooler, humid days, or after a cleansing rain. Pollen counts tend to be lower then.
7. Try a Nasal Wash
After the runny-nose attack has passed, allergy noses become stuffy. To create open flow once again, try a nasal rinse with saline solution.
8. Use a Medication
Allergy medications can help you conquer pollen. If over-the-counter varieties don’t work for you, ask your doctor for advice. Allergy shots may be your best option. If your child has allergies, you should always ask a doctor for help!
9. Prevent the Rash
If you think you’ve touched poison ivy: Protect yourself with a barrier cream that contains “bentoquatam”. Wash your skin within 10 minutes to prevent the rash! Or within 1 hour to make it less severe. Wash clothing and equipment to get rid of the urushiol on them. Do it carefully, so you don’t get the oil on your skin!
10. Manage the Rash
If you find the poison ivy rash on your skin, don’t panic. It usually heals on its own within 2 to 4 weeks. But living with poison ivy rash is not exactly a vacation. It’s itchy! Very itchy! So, what do you do? Here are some tips: Beat the itch with an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.
Put loads of calamine lotion on the rash. Apply cool 15-minute compresses several times a day.
Soak in a cool baking soda or colloidal oatmeal (not the kind you eat) bath. For a good nights sleep, get rid of the itch with an antihistamine.
11. Tick Tips
Staying safe in tick-infested areas is all about making yourself as unattractive as possible—to the ticks that is: Put insect repellent on your body and your clothes. Stay in the middle of cleared paths—especially in humid places near or in woods or grassy areas. Wear light-colored, long pants and sleeves—and tuck your pants into your socks. Conduct a body check after coming home—pay special attention to warm, sweaty body parts. Remove any ticks as soon as you notice them.
12. Mosquito Musts
Mosquitos are most active at dawn and dusk. When you are in an area with big swarms of the little pests, consider staying indoors at those times of day. But there are some less drastic measures you can use to take yourself off the mosquito menu plan: Apply insect repellent.
Change into long sleeves and pants when you notice the first mosquito. If you get mosquito bites, apply more bug repellent!