3 Summer Skin Problems And How To Treat ThemJul 23, 2019
Nothing beats a Minnesota summer. Cabin trips and spending time on the lake create awesome memories that stick with us forever. But we also need to be realistic about the risks we take with our skin.
Whether we’re spending time outside on vacation or doing yard work, skin safety needs to be taken seriously. Here are three common summer skin problems and how you can prevent and treat them:
How To Prevent And Treat Sunburn
The best way is to avoid being in the sun for too long and to wear sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), and reapply it every 2 hours. Also, wear sun protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. If you do get sunburned, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and put aloe vera lotion on your skin. You can take aspirin to help alleviate any discomfort.
How To Prevent And Treat Poison Ivy Rash
There’s a lot to know about preventing and treating rashes from poison ivy. Avoiding the plant completely is the best option, but that’s not always possible. If you’re doing yard work or gardening, wear clothes and accessories that cover your skin.
If you come into contact with poison ivy, wash your skin, clothing and anything else you might have touched immediately. Some over-the-counter (OTC) remedies include calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. If you have a more severe rash, you should see a dermatologist for treatment.
How To Prevent And Treat Bee Stings And Bug Bites
Bees can be scary, especially if you’re allergic to them. To prevent stings, avoid areas where bees are prominent. If that’s not possible, stay calm and don’t make frantic movements.
If you do get stung, go to the doctor if you’re allergic to the venom. If you’re not allergic to bee stings, wash the sting with soap and water and apply ice to the sting area. You may take an antihistamine to reduce the swelling and Advil or Tylenol to reduce any pain.
To prevent bites from mosquitos, gnats, flies and other bugs, use a repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET. If possible, avoid areas where diseases have been spreading due to bug bites. If you do get bitten, you can use hydrocortisone on the bites. You may also take antihistamines to reduce the swelling and ice the bug bites.
About Center for Dermatology in Lakeville, Minnesota
The dermatology professionals at the Center for Dermatology are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We provide medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services in Lakeville, MN. We know how hectic life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible.
We want you to feel confident that when you choose the Center for Dermatology, you’re working with health care professionals who are qualified, experienced and caring. We invite you to schedule an appointment for your annual skin check. We look forward to meeting you!