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Be Safe Outside This Summer!

It’s that time of year again. Time to head to a sandy beach, your favorite camp site or a vacation destination. Unfortunately, that also means it is the time of year for sunburns, poison ivy and allergies. At South End Pharmacy we have everything you need to care for any summer ailments. Our pharmacy staff will gladly help you select all of the summer essentials.

Below are some tips and tricks to stay safe this summer:

1. Stay Hydrated: Drink water every 30 minutes to prevent heat stress or stroke.

2. Play it Safe: Before letting the kids play, check the area for potential hazards such as sharp edges, rotting wood etc. that can cause injury.

3. Watch out for Poisonous Plants: Be able to recognize poison ivy and other poisonous plants to avoid those areas. A rash from poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac is caused by an oil found in these plants called urushiol (you-ROOshee- all). When this oil touches your skin, it often causes an itchy, blistering rash.

If you do come in contact with a poisonous plant:

Remove clothing: place directly in washing machine, then shower. Urushiol can linger on unwashed items for years and continue to cause reactions if it’s touched.

Wash: skin, clothing and pets ASAP after exposure, ideally within 10 minutes. Don’t forget to scrub under fingernails to avoid spreading later.

4. Beat the Heat: Dress for the weather, apply sunscreen regularly, schedule outdoor activities for morning or evening hours.

• Keep in mind the sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.

• Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun.

• Sunscreens need to be applied liberally over all exposed areas.

• Apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher when you’re outdoors.

• Cover up! Hats, shirts and sunglasses are the best protection.

• Protect kids! Blistering sunburns in childhood significantly increase chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer later in life.

• Pick a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection -- apply and re-apply regularly.

• Plan around the sun. Go outdoors in early morning or later afternoon. UV radiation peaks at midday.

• Check your skin regularly for new moles that are tender or growing.

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