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UV Safety Tips

Posted on: July 23rd, 2015 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger

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It’s summer time, which means fun in the sun! Unfortunately, the sun is not all that fun on your body, due to dangerous rays such as UVA and UVB. Too much exposure can lead to conditions such as:

  • Photokeratitis, or sunburn of the cornea. This can eventually lead to cataracts.
  • Premature skin aging, including age spots and wrinkles
  • Malignant Melanoma, a type of skin cancer
  • Basal and squamous cell carcinoma, a less dangerous and more common form of skin cancer, but still potentially deadly

To guard against these factors, take the following steps:

  • Wear sunglasses, especially to places such as the beach. It’s when the sun reflects off the sand that photokeratitis happens.
  • Apply sunscreen every day, even on days when it’s cloudy out or during the winter time.
  • Reapply the sunscreen at least every 2 hours, or more if you are sweating and swimming a lot.
  • Take sunscreen with you—whether it’s in your glove compartment, in your purse, or backpack. This will get you in the habit of applying it regularly.
  • Don’t go outside during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., if you can help it. This is when the sun is at its most intense, and when you are going to be exposed to the most amount of harmful UV rays.
  • Avoid tanning beds. It may give your skin that nice glow, but a spray-on tan is going to be a lot healthier for you.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats that offer shade to your eyes.
  • If you’re at the beach, bring a large umbrella where you can take shelter in between swimming.

Here at Bellin Health Home Care Equipment, we believe in the benefits of getting outside when the weather is warm. Unfortunately, this can also lead to some of the conditions we mentioned at the start of this blog. With a little bit of precaution, though, you should be able to get outside and enjoy the better weather. If taking that walk in the sun is hindered by your mobility, we have a full line of walkers and wheelchairs to aid you.

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