During summer holidays, most people love to go to the beach or get soaked into the pool. Enjoying the warmth of the sun is one of the primary features of the travel. However, you must also take precautions of not getting too exposed under the heat; else you’ll get sunburns or worst, skin-related diseases. There are reported about 3 million cases of skin cancer associated with sun exposure each year so you must take this seriously. Also, there are other effects of the heat you should take care of during travel.
Serious Effects of the Sun
Sunburn – it is the condition where the skin has become red, swollen and a bit painful due to a heavy exposure of Ultraviolet rays from the sun. This can be mild or severe depending on the skin tolerance to the sun.
Sunstroke – this is where the body raises its temperature until to the point the person will experience seizure, nausea, restlessness, and even fainting.
Sun Allergies- occurs when the skin become itchy, red and with rashes-like pimples. They are most commonly found on neck, chest, & forearm.
Melanomas – a type of skin disease that is caused by overexposure from the sun. It is a mole-like skin which changes in shape or color after few months or years.
Preventing Sun-Related Illness
- Get a water-resistant, high SPF (30 above) lotion before you go
- Always apply the sunscreen at least every 2 to 3 hours, including the tops of your toes
- Don’t forget to protect your head, eyes, and face from the sun by using hat and sunglasses
- Avoid getting exposed during peak hours (12nn to 3pm)
Bringing along Children
Bringing along your kids to the beach or pool would be much more fun. However, make sure that you protect them from the sunlight’s harmful UV rays. Today, there is a lot of specialized sunscreen protection designed for children who have sensitive skins. Find out the things you should know when travelling with children.
Here are some tips that you can follow
- Approach your child once in a while (every after 20 minutes) and apply some sunblock over their exposed body
- Let them drink some refreshments such as water, fruit shake or flavored juice to keep them re hydrated
- If you are bringing less than a year old child, it would be best to always keep him/her under the shade especially on peak hours
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