5 Tips for Common Summer Problems and its Prevention
Safety from harmful sunrays is never out of season. But if summer can be pleasant in some parts of India it turns harsh too in other parts, it also means that you have to be extra careful about sunburn playing havoc on our body. Here are some sun safety tips that you can ensure throughout the season to have fun.
Tips to Prevent Sunburn
Sunlight can be more technically defined as Electromagnetic radiations from the sun. It’s comprised of infrared, visible and ultraviolet light, which filter through the atmosphere to reach us on earth in what we experience as crisp, beautiful daylight. Apart from the obvious necessity of sunlight for visibility, warmth and also for photosynthesis of the plants we eat, studies have revealed numerous harms for humans including: Skin cancer affects more than two million people around the world each year. To protect yourself from harmful UV rays:
- Always try to stay out of direct sunlight during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Cover up by wearing hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved-shirts.
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher; and stay in a shaded spot or take an umbrella with you to the beach.
- If you do happen to get burned, you can sponge your burn with cooled chamomile tea, since it contains great anti-inflammatory properties.
- You can also use Aloe Vera gel because of its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties.
Tips to Prevent Bug Bites
When you get bit — whether by a mosquito, black fly, or even from ants — you can usually treat itching with an over-the-counter antihistamine in cream or pill form. But, If you have a serious bite (from a spider, or worse yet, a snake!), you may need to take a trip to the doc’s office.
For a natural mosquito prevention treatment, try using oil of lemon eucalyptus to give you some protection. If you need something stronger, look for a bug repellent that contains DEET.
Tips to Keep Your Eyes Protected
We may be concerned with keeping our skin shielded from the sun, but our eyes need to be protected too since UV exposure can lead to cataracts and glaucoma. Wearing sunglasses not only protects our eyes, but the delicate tissue around our eyes as well.
When selecting a pair of sunglasses, make sure they block 99 or 100 percent of UVB and UVA rays. And if you like Jackie O inspired sunglasses, you’re in luck because the larger the glasses, the more protection against UV damage since they block more light that hits your eyes from the sides.
Tips to Prevent Heat Exhaustion
Not drinking enough fluids in hot weather can cause serious health risks and even be life threatening. Heat stroke symptoms include a fast pulse, short, rapid breathing, and confusion. If you experience any of these symptoms, emergency and immediately move to a cooler, shaded area.
Tips for Swimming Safety
Even if you’re an experienced swimmer, undertows and rip currents can be deadly. Make sure you don’t go swimming in unsupervised areas; don’t swim alone; and don’t dive in shallow or unfamiliar water. Also check the water quality before you go in since water changes throughout the seasons.
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