A Few Tips on Avoiding Skin-Related Issues from Sun Exposure
Although summer will come to an end soon, temperatures are still expected to be in the triple digits. The sun is known to shine bright in the Rio Grande Valley, so that must mean it’s a great time for being out and about, right? Well, not exactly. Extreme overexposure to sunlight can result in several health-related issues, such as sunburn and, in extreme cases, skin cancer. Do you have healthcare coverage to treat skin-related issues? Shepard Walton King wants for you to know the importance of being covered for such a situation.
According to the Mayo Clinic, skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. The three major types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. All types are preventable, but taking the necessary precautions is the first step. To shield yourself, read on to learn how to avoid possible problems.
Avoid the Sun
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Wear loose-fitting clothing or sunblock if being outdoors during that period is necessary. UV exposure can be a problem year-round and cloud coverage doesn’t provide much protection. Also, the strength of the sun’s UV rays is related to its position. So, if a person’s shadow is shorter than their height, the intensity of UV rays is more likely to cause sunburn.
Avoid Tanning Beds When Possible
Living in sunny McAllen, this advice almost feels as if it falls on deaf ears. Nonetheless, stay away from tanning salons. The bulbs used in tanning beds emit UV rays and can increase your risk of skin cancer.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, using tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 59%. What is even scarier is that women under 30 who use indoor tanning beds are six times more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Care for Your Skin
Keep an eye out for any changes in your skin, such as discolorations or changes in existing moles and/or freckles. Check over areas that are more exposed to the sun like the arms, hands and face. And, of course, don’t neglect to apply sun block when outside.
Be Cautious if You Are on Medication
According to the Food and Drug Administration, there are many medications, over-the-counter and prescribed, that contain the side effect, “May cause sensitivity to light”. Some of these medications include antihistamines, oral contraceptives, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and many others. Always check to see if your medication contains this same warning and take the necessary precautions before being out in the sun.
The sad truth is, even after many precautions, the best safeguard for oneself is having health insurance. Skin is the largest organ and is the most prone to exposure on a daily basis. Avoiding the sun is almost impossible, but having a health coverage plan can get you the care you need. Contact Shepard Walton King today to find a health plan that fits your needs.
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