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Strategies to Avoid Sunburn

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – If you could protect yourself from cancer, you'd do it, right? Yet most Americans still aren't taking the easiest step to prevent the most commonly diagnosed type – skin cancer, which will affect one in five people at some point in their lives. Only 14 percent of American men and 30 percent of women regularly use sunscreen when outside for more than an hour, according to ...

Does Salt Water Help Your Cut? And Other Health Myths of Summer

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 – It's often said salt water is good for cuts. Or that sunscreen isn't needed on cloudy days. But both are incorrect, says Isabel Valdez, a physician assistant and instructor of family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. When you head outdoors this summer, you should be aware of some common health myths, she noted. "Salt water from the beach can actually ...

Health Tip: Protect Your Skin

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Healthy skin habits can make you look younger and reduce your risk of skin cancer. While ointments, creams and eye serums can mask the effects of aging, nothing beats a good skin-care routine, the American Academy of Dermatology says. The academy suggests: Protect your skin from the sun by seeking shade, wearing a hat and applying sunscreen daily. Wear sunglasses to limit fine lines around ...

Health Tips for Summer Fun

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 – Summertime means fun time, but you still need to follow some basic health and safety precautions. Dehydration is a common summer problem and often results in dizziness, dry mouth and lightheadedness. But it also can be more severe, according to Dr. Ravi Rao, a family medicine physician at Penn State's medical center. Mild dehydration can be corrected by drinking water or ...

Health Tip: Understanding Sunscreen Lingo

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Which sunscreen is right for you? There may be no easy answer unless you understand sunscreen lingo, the American Academy of Dermatology says. A recent study in JAMA Dermatology found that fewer than half of people asked at a dermatology clinic understood the meaning of "broad spectrum" or "SPF." The academy offers this primer about sunscreen lingo: "Broad spectrum" sunscreen means it can ...

Here Comes the Sun, and Kid Sun Safety

Posted 25 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Summer sun brings childhood fun, but experts warn it also brings skin cancer dangers, even for kids. "Don't assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age," said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. "Unlike other cancers, the conventional melanoma that we see mostly in adolescents ...

A Pill to Protect You From the Sun? Don't Believe It, FDA Says

Posted 22 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – If you think popping a pill will somehow keep your skin safe while you tan, think again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to companies marketing supplements that they claim will counter the effects of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. "We've found products purporting to provide protection from the sun that aren't delivering ...

Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

Posted 25 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids aged 11 to 17 years. The investigators found that parents who are less likely to believe that indoor tanning is harmful for teens include: Fathers. Parents who'd used indoor ...

It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

Posted 11 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 – Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you're safe from sun-related skin damage. "The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days," said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "In fact, many people don't ...

Health Tip: Avoid UV Radiation

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation coming from the sun is a major cause of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests how to minimize the effects of UV rays: UV rays are strongest between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. If you must be outside during this time, stay in the shade as much as possible. Always wear sunscreen when you're outside. Cover most parts of your skin with clothing. Wear a hat ...

Almost 4 in 10 Tanning Salons Flout State Laws

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – Nearly 40 percent of indoor tanning facilities ignore state laws that curb teen tanning, a new survey finds. To protect teens, most states have laws that prevent or create obstacles to using tanning salons, but nearly 2 million high school kids still get indoor tans, said the researchers who conducted the survey. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified ...

Timely Tips for First-Degree Burns

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – First-degree burns are common and many can be treated at home, a dermatologist says. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, first-degree burns involve only the top layer of skin and often occur after contact with hot surfaces, like a curling iron or a stove. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. A first-degree burn may cause red and painful skin and mild swelling. ...

1 in 5 Young Women Who Tan Indoors Get Addicted

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – More than 20 percent of young white women who've been to a tanning salon become addicted to tanning – even though doing so raises their risk of deadly skin cancer and premature skin aging, a new study reports. These women seem to depend on tanning to feel attractive and often show symptoms of depression, the researchers said. "Indoor tanning remains a public health ...

Start Skin Cancer Prevention Early, Health Experts Say

Posted 10 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – How to keep from developing skin cancer should be something all doctors discuss with the parents of their young, fair-skinned patients, suggests the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Those conversations should begin much earlier than previously recommended – starting when a child is just 6 months old, according to new recommendations from the task force. "Providing ...

How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen?

Posted 11 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – It may be easier than ever to find sunscreen with all the right stuff, but be sure to read the label or you could still get burned. Most sunscreens sold at major U.S. retailers and their websites now offer broad-spectrum protection, are water-resistant and have an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends, a new ...

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