Here they come! Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are upon us, and we can’t wait to get out there. Stop and think about all the things you need for a picnic in the park, a day at the beach or pool, or even watching your favorite team play baseball. You will need lots of supplies for a picnic, going to the pool or beach or sitting in the outfield. The most important item you need inside your backpack or beach bag is, of course, sunscreen. Let’s see how much you really know about sunscreen: frequently asked questions and answers.
If you identify as a sun worshiper, we hope you are smart about it. Even if you slather on sunscreen multiple times while out in the sun, we are sorry to tell you about the unexpected areas you can develop skin cancer.
Screenings or preventative care of all kinds like at the dentist, family doctor, or dermatologist is designed for early intervention and to catch problems when they are most treatable, in the early stages. It makes sense to stay ahead of problems. Keep reading for some benefits of an annual exam and why you shouldn’t skip routine full body skin exams.
We all love summer with water sports, outdoor play, and family outings. By now, most of us understand how essential it is to protect our skin from the sun. The message that still is unclear for many is how often to protect yourself and how. Putting on sunscreen in the morning and thinking you are protected all day is not always the case. Let’s look at the when, how, and where of skin cancer prevention.
You know it’s important to wear sunscreen. You know it’s important to wear it even when it’s not summertime. You also know it’s even more important to use sunscreen in the summer when we are outside longer hours and when the sun is the hottest.
You know all these things and try to put them into practice, but do you know how to choose the right sunscreen?
We seem to overlook any concern about skin cancer during the winter. It is “front and center” during the hot summer months, but everyone should be wary of the sun, and other factors, even during wintertime. We still are outside enjoying winter sports, playing with our kids, and social distancing as best we can. Regardless of the time of year, let’s learn how family and personal history affects your skin cancer risk.
Spiders, bed bugs, and wasps, oh my! It seems we all have some bug that we fear more than others, but the real fear begins with a bite or sting. Knowing when a bug has bitten you, what kind of bug it is, and what you should do about the bite are all essential to seeking the care that you or your child need.
Continue reading “5 Signs of a Serious Bug Bite”
Most of us have been cooped up for so long in our homes that feeling the sun on our faces again will be quite liberating. Be careful though, because our tender skin will not adjust to the sun’s soothing, but dangerous rays. In fact, it may be time for a quick refresher course on protecting our skin from summer sun damage.