With the holiday weekend ahead of us, we will be enjoying barbeques, picnics, and lazy days poolside to help us reconnect with loved ones and get some rest and relaxation. As friends and family gather during this weekend, please keep a few pointers in mind to keep everyone happy, healthy, and safe.
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF 45 or higher. Summer sun can lead to bad sunburns that can ruin a weekend, let alone put you at risk for skin cancer. Apply sunscreen at least 15- 20 minutes before exposure and reapply every 1-1 ½ hours or more frequently if you are taking a dip or sweating.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. The same damaging rays of the sun can damage your eyes, too.
- Keep hydrated. The soaring temperatures of summer can dehydrate you quickly, where young children and senior citizens are especially affected. And remember caffeinated or alcoholic beverages actually dehydrate you in the long run. Water is the best hydrator.
- Beware of biting insects like mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and ticks. If you are susceptible to bug bites, insect repellant may be a good investment.
- Fireworks are beautiful and fun, but keep a safe distance away from the pyrotechnics, and keep an eye on the little ones. You would be surprised how many thermal burns I have treated over the years because of Fourth-of-July firework festivities. Be smart and stay safe.
- This has nothing to do with my specialty, but please be cognizant about boating safety and any lake and pool rules and regulations. Better safe than sorry.
At HDC, my staff and I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful July 4th holiday weekend.
–Dr. HHappy Healthy July 4th!