Nothing is better than a beach day in the summer, especially on the beautiful Gulf Coast! However, if you aren’t careful, things like sunstroke and dehydration can stop anyone’s “fun in the sun” right in its tracks.
Keep your family healthy on the beach with these five tips:
- As tempting as it can be to stay in the sun all day, avoid direct sunlight from 11am to 2pm. At this time, the UV rays from the sun are at their strongest. The stronger the ray, the more intense the sunburn – so take a lunch break and head inside during these hours. If you have to be outside during these times, be sure to cover up.
- No matter what time you’re in the sun, be sure to bring and drink plenty of fluids. Your body needs to cool itself down, but without proper hydration – your body can’t do that! Not a fan of drinking plain water? Try out a fruit infusion that makes it that much easier to get plenty of fluids while enjoying the sunshine.
- Another important thing to remember when out in the sun is to protect your skin! Using sunscreen is a proven way to prevent sunburns, reduce risk of skin cancer and helps prevent early signs of skin aging. Be sure to include sunscreen with at least SPF 30 when packing your beach bag this summer and remember to reapply.
- Taking a stroll on the beach is a ProHealth staff favorite, but be aware of the possible hazards in the sand. Between broken glass, other sharp objects, or marine life – a possible injury is hiding just beneath the sand. Watch where you step, and wear shoes whenever possible to prevent any cuts.
- Most importantly, if you start to feel sick – get out of the heat! Whether it’s caused by the heat or dehydration, if you start to feel unwell, move inside and rest as soon as possible! Nausea, fatigue, headache, muscle cramps and dizziness are all symptoms of heat exhaustion. Find a cool place to rest indoors until symptoms subside, and if they don’t go away – stop by ProHealth Medical Care to get taken of.
ProHealth Medical Care is open all summer, even on Saturdays. With our Gulf Breeze office located one mile from the beach, walk right in and enjoy a very short wait time. From wellness checks to minor emergencies, your neighborhood walk-in clinic wants to keep you healthy this summer!
For more tips on how to stay safe in the sun, visit our sources: American Academy of Dermatology & ProHealth
Special thank you to Michelle for the beautiful beach picture. To see more, follow her on Instagram @lashesandlenses