What's Going Around - May 26, 2009

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

We've just passed the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day weekend. And even though it's been rainy, it's time for an important reminder about sunscreen. That’s because sunburns are going around this week.

They're the number one risk factor for skin cancer is unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultra-violet light.

The physicians and staff with Colorado Springs Health Partners wanted us to pass along this information to you.

Here's what to do if you get a sunburn. First, avoid more exposure to the sun. Next, take a cool (not cold) bath or apply a cool, wet compress. Then, apply aloe or some other kind of "after sun" spray. Also, drink lots of fluids.

But the best thing you can do about a sunburn... is not to get one in the first place. So here's what you do: always use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Wear a hat and sunglasses.
Stay in the shade when possible. Also, avoid the strongest rays of the day between 10:00a.m. and 4:00p.m.

Keep these tips in mind... and you'll be ready to get outside and enjoy your day.

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