Summer’s Biggest Skin Hazards

Longer days and warmer weather mean more time outdoors. But all that fun in the sun, water or woods can do a number on your skin. Don’t let the following hazards sabotage your summer skin.

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Burns from Fireworks

An estimated 8,800 people were treated in emergency rooms in 2009 for injuries related to fireworks. Most injuries involved the hands, eyes, head, face, and ears. Burns were the most common injury. Minor burns smaller than a person’s palm can often be treated at home. Run it under cool water, then cover with a clean, dry cloth. Larger burns, and ones to the hands, feet, face, genitals, and major joints usually require emergency care.

Heat Rash

The result of blocked sweat ducts, heat rash looks like small pinkish pimples and is usually found on body areas covered by clothing. Most common in children, it may also affect adults in hot, humid climates. Most rashes heal on their own. To alleviate symptoms, apply cold compresses or take a cool bath. Air dry and avoid lotions. If baby’s skin is irritable to the touch, ask your doctor about using calamine or hydrocortisone cream.