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What you need to know about Sunburn

Well, it is that time of year again, summer.  With the warmer weather, most people will be enjoying an increase in outdoor activities such as baseball games, gardening, and swimming.  As we spend more time outside, we increase our exposure to ultraviolet radiation. If the proper precautions aren’t taken, this increased exposure to UV rays can lead to the unfortunate consequence of sunburn.  The CDC reported that over 43% of adults have had a sunburn in the past year.

So you may be asking yourself, “What is the big deal about a little sunburn?” A sunburn is the skin reddening caused by overexposure to the harmful ultraviolet radiation which can come from the sun or from artificial sources like a sun lamp.    There are three wavelengths of light given off by the sun UVA, UVB, and UVC.  The UVC never reaches the earth, but the UVA and UVB both reach the earth and are able to penetrate skin and cause skin damage.  The obvious sign of exposure is red skin, but under the surface of the skin the UV radiation can alter DNA, and prematurely ages the skin. Overtime DNA damage can lead to skin cancers.

 

How do you prevent a sunburn?  Stay out of the sun from 10 am to 4 pm this is when the sun is the strongest.  Wear wide brim hats to protect your face, and sunglasses with UV protection to prevent eye damage.  Wear clothing made with sun protective fabric, most of these garments will have a special label that indicates the level of UV protection.  And last but not least, the American Dermatology association recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or greater.  Apply sunscreen generously and frequently, at least every two hours.  

Although prevention is the best method to prevent skin damage, as the CDC reported, at least 43% of adults suffered from a sunburn in the last year.  So what should you do to treat your sunburn?  Take frequent cool baths to help cool the skin, then use a moisturizer after to help trap water in your skin.  You can use a lotion with aloe vera or soy to help soothe the skin.  Drink plenty of water and take ibuprofen or aspirin to help decrease inflammation. You should protect any sunburned skin from additional sun exposure while it heals.

Enjoy your time outside while the weather is nice, but be mindful of protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.  Take precautions to prevent sunburn and skin damage.  

Credit: Amy Buford is a native of Louisiana.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from  LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans.  She graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans, and did her training in Emergency Medicine at UT Houston at Hermann Memorial Hospital in the Medical Center.  She is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She currently lives in the Houston area and is active in the community.

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How to avoid the Mosquitos this season!

As we spend more time outside in the season, we are exposed to mosquitos and therefore mosquito bites. These bites are not only itchy and uncomfortable but mosquito bites can also be a vector for infectious diseases They transmits viruses such as West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis virus, and Zika virus, to name a few.

These viruses are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Adult female mosquitos feed on blood of hosts such as bird, humans or horses. When mosquitoes feed on blood, they salivate prior to and during feeding. If the mosquito feeds on a host that is infected with a virus, she may become infected with the virus. She then feeds on a new host and transmits the virus through her saliva while she is feeding. Once the virus is transmitted, the new host may become ill and develop symptoms of encephalitis. More commonly, the new host is only slightly ill or experiences no symptoms of the virus. This is because the host has developed antibodies to fight the virus.

Avoiding mosquito bites is the best strategy to prevent acquiring mosquito borne viruses. Controlling the mosquito population inside and outside of your home is instrumental to preventing the spread of infectious diseases caused by mosquitos. To control mosquitos outside of your home, empty any containers that hold water, like buckets, flower pot saucers, or trash containers. Use an outdoor flying insect spray where mosquitoes rest.

For prevention of mosquitoes in your home, keep the windows and doors closed and use air conditioning when possible. To prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs in your home, once a week empty containers that hold water such as vases and flower pot saucers. Kill mosquitoes in your home by using an indoor fogger.
When outside wearing long pants and sleeves, this decreases area of skin exposed for mosquitoes to feed. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol. When used as directed, an EPA-registered product ensures the EPA has evaluated the product for safety and effectiveness. EPA-registered insect repellents are even safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Did you know?

When using these products:
-Always follow the product label instructions
-Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing
-if you are using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying the insect repellent.

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Love Yourself and Your Heart this February

Here in Plano, we have many medical professionals looking out for our best interests. This month, Elite Care Plano focusses on helping you take care of your Heart, as a prevention to any medical emergencies or issues. 

 

National heart month has been celebrated in the United States every February since 1964 when Lyndon Johnson declared the first American Heart Month.  The month is dedicated to increasing awareness of heart disease as the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  Many activities and awareness programs are scheduled during the month including, National Wear Red Day, to increase awareness of heart disease among women, congenital heart awareness week and heart failure awareness week.  American Heart Month focuses on educating individuals regarding healthy lifestyle choices with the goal of preventing medical conditions that lead to heart disease.  Here are some heart healthy tips to get you started on improved cardiovascular fitness.  

Maintaining a healthy weight is good for overall health, as well as heart health. Being overweight increases your risks not only for heart disease but also for diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers.  When you are overweight, your heart and cardiovascular system must work harder to pump blood through your circulatory system, over time this increased workload causes damage to the cardiovascular system.  

Figuring out how many calories you need each day is the first step toward managing your weight. Calorie requirements are dependent on your age, gender and level of physical activity.  To maintain your weight, you must use up at least as many calories as you take in each day.  To lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than you burn.  For information on calculating your daily caloric need go to www.active.com/fitness/calculators/calories

The American Heart Association (AHA) has diet and lifestyle recommendations to guide individuals in making healthy choices. Limiting saturated fats, trans fat, sodium and choosing lean cuts of red meat in your diet can help lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels. Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol are key in preventing damage to the heart and the cardiovascular system.   

The American Heart Association recommendations include eating an overall healthy diet that emphasizes:

  • -a variety of fruits and vegetables

  • -whole grains

  • -Low-fat dairy products

  • -skinless poultry and fish

  • -nuts and legumes

  • -non-tropical vegetable oils

Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.  It has multiple health benefits, including helping to control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, strengthening your bones and muscles and improving your mental health and mood.

For overall cardiovascular health, the AHA recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 times a week for a total of 150 minutes or 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity 3 times a week for a total of 75 minutes.  In addition to cardiovascular activity, moderate to high-intensity muscle strengthening activity is recommended 2 days per week.  

Start small – If these recommendations seem overwhelming, start with small goals, such as a 10-minute walk during your lunch hour.  Try incorporating extra steps into your day by parking away from the entrance at work or the grocery store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Find an activity you enjoy, you are more likely to continue long term with something you find pleasurable.  If you are unable to commit to 30 minutes of activity at a time, break it up into 10-minute intervals. Remember lack of physical activity is a major risk factor in cardiovascular disease.

Celebrate American Heart Month with a commitment to lifestyle changes to improve your cardiovascular health.  Clean up your diet by eating lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains, while minimizing foods with refined sugars and saturated fat.  Get moving, make a resolution to increase your daily activity level.  You can start in small increments and progress to longer periods of time.  

For more information on American Heart Month and lifestyle recommendations go to  heart.org

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