What’s Going Around – July 15, 2014

Here is this week’s edition of What’s Going Around segment, where we discuss common minor health issues and ailments folks are having across our patient population.

Raymond Harrison, MD at Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Copperas Cove is seeing:

Sunburns – In the last couple of weeks, we are seeing a number of patients dealing with sunburn. More people are going outdoors and likely a lot of people spent a fair amount of time outdoors during the July 4th weekend. Sunburns occur to areas that are commonly exposed like the nose, cheeks, shoulders and our heads. Blisters are likely to develop if you have severe sunburn.

Prevention Tips:

  • Make sure you are using the proper sunscreen. Minimum of SPF30 recommended.
  • Properly apply sunscreen to all uncovered areas, even the head. Especially important for those without hair on their head.
  • Re-apply sunscreen often if you plan to spend a long time outdoors or in water.
  • Be aware of when and how long it’s been since you last used sunscreen.

Sunburn, improper use of sunscreen, or prolonged exposure to the sun could increase your risk of developing a skin cancer. We encourage adults to help children in protecting their skin, especially if they are engaged in outdoor activity. If you sunburn has occurred avoid additional exposure to sunlight until your skin heals. Some studies have shown that aloe vera could help in treating minor sunburns.  For severe burns, we recommend you contact your local doctor.

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What’s Going Around – July 15, 2014