Follow these tips to make sure you have fun in the sun!
Protect Your Skin:
Always wear a sunscreen appropriate for your skin type, paying special attention to face, nose, ears and shoulders. Most people don’t realize how much sun they’re getting until it’s too late. Remember to protect your lips too.
Children Need Extra Protection:
Liberally apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Make sure children wear sunhats and sunglasses. Re-apply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming.
Drink Plenty of Water:
Even if you don’t feel thirsty, your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which can dehydrate you.
Protect Your Eyes:
Ultra-violet (UV) rays can damage your eyes. Don’t forget your sunglasses.
Beware of Heat Stroke:
Watch for hot, red and dry skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. If someone shows symptoms, call 911. Keep the victim lying down and cool the body by placing ice packs or cold packs on wrists, ankles, armpits and neck. Wet towels may also be used.
Use saltwater to wash the sting. Apply rubbing alcohol or vinegar to the sting area. If the victim experiences difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek immediate medical attention.
Drink lots of water. Soak in a cool bath or apply cold compresses several times a day. Do not apply petroleum jelly or oil-based lotions. Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen may help relieve pain and swelling.
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