Long Beach, California (PRWEB) July 01, 2013
As summer time heats up and school lets out, Pacific Hospital Long Beach reminds people to stay mindful of protecting themselves in the sun. While the sun’s warmth can feel great on the skin, it can also become dangerous. Taking proper precautions when spending time outdoors can lead to beneficial results. In response to a recent article on News-Press points, the Hospital points out safety tips and things to watch out for.
The summer is prime time for barbecues, beach trips, and other outdoor festivities. Unfortunately in the midst of enjoying these activities, many people forget about protecting their skin and their health. There are many strategies and steps that are effective in helping people to stay safe and still have fun.
Since the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10a.m. and 4p.m., this is an ideal time to stay inside or head for the shade. Infants and the elderly have especially delicate skin that should stay protected as much as possible. Shaded areas provide some relief from harmful UV rays and intense heat. When in the sun, people should cover their skin with protective clothing such as long-sleeve shirts, pants, or wide-brimmed hats. Using an umbrella is also helpful.
“We understand that people enjoy the warmth of the sun on their skin after the long winter,” acknowledges a representative of the hospital. “But covering up can protect you from getting dangerous burns that can lead to other health issues. You don’t have to wear anything heavy. A light long-sleeved layer is better than nothing. And if you do have exposed skin, apply plenty of sunscreen.”
Using a broad spectrum sunblock can help protect against UVA and UVB rays. Look for products that contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide to reflect rays before they reach the skin.
Sunscreens filter the rays so their penetration is less, but sunblocks keep it from penetrating at all. It is important to initially apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and then reapply every two hours. Reapply more frequently when sweating or going in the water or sand. The chances for developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, double after just one blistering sunburn.
People should also stay vigilant about identifying heat illness. Mild symptoms include fatigue and thirst, but can escalate to dizziness, rapid heartbeat, nausea, high fever, and an inability to sweat. These are the signs of heatstroke, a more serious medical condition. The elderly, young children, and those with mental or chronic health issues are most at risk, but it can affect anyone. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol, soda, and juice can help with staying hydrated.
“Serious sunburn can lead to a higher risk of developing skin cancer or other infections,” states a spokesperson from Pacific Hospital Long Beach. “People should make sure that they are wearing enough sunscreen or sunblock and reapplying often. Don’t forget to put it on your ears and lips because they are sensitive areas that can become burned too. By drinking plenty of water and seeking shade or air conditioning when becoming too hot, you can help to keep yourself and others safe this summer.” Pacific Hospital Long Beach also reminds people to check in on elderly neighbors to make sure they are staying cool in the heat as well.
Pacific Hospital Long Beach is a fully accredited, full-service, teaching hospital. As a smaller hospital with 184 licensed acute care beds, it provides patients with comforting, home-like atmosphere. It has many state-of-the-art features that allow patients to receive high quality, comprehensive care.