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July 2021 Blog

National UV Safety Awareness Month
We are excited about basking in a wonderful Michigan summer as we re-enter society. Covid cases are way down, a good percentage of the public is vaccinated (with more getting vaccinated every day), and we are ready to move forward. We have already had a lot of hot and sticky days with plenty more to come, so this is a good time to talk about July being UV Safety Awareness Month.

Let’s go to the beach and play! Let’s lay out underneath the golden sun and absorb its goodness. It sounds so nice and relaxing and something that we always look forward to. But wait a minute. Do we still really need to protect ourselves from the sun after what we have gone through during hell year? We have been through enough. It doesn’t seem fair. We want to dive into everything with a vengeance. 

Bubbles burst every day and this one is no different. You know the answer and it isn’t very hard. We still need to protect ourselves from the sun to minimize the risks of its damaging effects. 
What are those damaging effects? The sun exposes us to radiation in the form of ultraviolet rays which are called UVA and UVB. Both of these can damage our skin and eyes. UVB penetrates the outer layer of our skin and UVA penetrates beyond the top layer and down into the middle layer. 

If we aren’t careful about protecting ourselves from the sun, we can set ourselves up for some potentially harmful outcomes:
  • Skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma)
  • Premature skin aging
  • Eye damage (cataracts, macular degeneration, keratitis)
  • Vision problems (blurred vision, light sensitivity, excessive tearing)
  • Immune system suppression (causing a defective immune response)

There are ways we can reduce our risk of too much sun exposure if we take precautions. As you spend time outside, make sure to practice these important tips for sun safety. 
  • Stay in the shade under a tree, shelter or umbrella, especially during the midday hours of 10 am to 4 pm. 
  • Remember that the sun can hurt our skin even on cloudy or cool days
  • Wear clothes that protect exposed skin from the harmful effects of the sun such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants or skirts. Even a beach coverup or tee shirt can help. Darker colors offer more protection. Some clothes even offer UV protection.
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat to shade the face, ears, neck and head. If you wear a baseball cap, you need to protect the back of your neck and ears by covering those areas or applying sunscreen.
  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. These rays can reflect off surfaces such as sand, cement, water and even snow.
  • Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Dermatologists recommend an SPF of at least 30 that is water resistant. Reapply at least every two hours and after sweating, wiping yourself off with a towel, or being in the water
  • Certain medications that we take can increase our sensitivity to the sun and increase our risk of getting sunburn (NSAIDs, tetracyclines, amiodarone)

PTI wishes you and your family an amazing summer!

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/sunexposure/default.html 
https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm 
https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/sun-protection/sunscreen-patients/sunscreen-faqs     
 
 

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