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Fun in the Sun

June 23, 2016
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Finally, the weather we have longed for has arrived. The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer, it's summertime once again. There's a lot to do when the weather is right: family gatherings, working on your tan, ball games, hours on the golf course or simply lounging in your hammock. Is it possible to have too much fun in the sun?

The answer is: Yes, too much fun in the sun can be extremely dangerous even life-threatening. No matter what you have planned for the summer, you don't want to miss anything. Using preventative measures against the toll of the sun and heat on your body will keep you healthy and active all summer long. Try a few of these simple tips to keep you active and strong all summer long.

Stay out of the sun during the peak time of the day, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest. If you must be out try to stay in the shade as much as possible

Use a lip balm of SPF 30 or higher (lips will sunburn also)

Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, with both UVA and UVB protection and is water resistant

Wear light weight, light colored, long sleeved shirt and pants to protect arms and legs

Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect the head, face, neck and ears

Wear sunglasses that block as close to 100% of UVA and UVB rays as possible

Staying hydrated is also important as the temperatures rise. Our skin regulates our body's temperature through the skin. The heat makes you sweat, which cools you down, but you are also losing fluids constantly. No matter what you are doing, replacing those fluids will help keep you active all summer.

Drink water throughout the day to prevent dehydration or over exhaustion. Don't wait until you are thirsty.

All natural juices without added sugar will not only keep you hydrated but also provide important nutrients to keep you active. Make sure the label says "100 percent juice with no sugar added"

Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These substances only dehydrate you more. If you have a drink while attending an outdoor activity, drink a bottle of water between each alcoholic beverage to stay hydrated

If, however, you are like many of us in the summer, you want to be outside as much a possible and sometimes you throw caution into the wind. There are some sunburn relief remedies you can use to help sooth and cool that fiery, red, irritated skin.

Aloe Vera gels are soothing for a sunburn or if you have an actual aloe vera plant, you can slice open a leaf and apply

Topical steroids containing one percent hydrocortisone cream may also help with pain and swelling

Ibuprofen may also help with pain and swelling

Sing cool cloths and taking frequent cool showers or baths may also help relieve the pain and burning associated with sunburn

More severe sunburns, with blisters that cover a large area of the body, may call for a doctor's visit especially if chills, high fever, headache, nausea and confusion are present.

Be aware of heat exhaustion and heat stroke during the hot days of summer. Watch for the signs: cramping of the legs or abdomen, light sweating that becomes profuse sweating, lightheadedness, nausea, confusion are important to watch for. If you notice any of these signs, move the person into a cooler place, remove tight or heavy clothing, apply cool, damp cloths and give small amounts of water. Any indication the person is getting, such as confusion or lack of sweating, call 9-1-1 immediately. Just a few common sense measures to prevent the sun and heat from ruining your summer, will make this season unforgettably enjoyable.



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