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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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questions to ask a pediatrician

Questions to Ask a Pediatrician

Are you on the hunt for a new pediatrician? Maybe you are pregnant and you are looking for one to care for your child after you give birth. Here are some good things to consider and questions to ask a pediatrician.

questions to ask a pediatrician

Things to Consider:

  • Distance: You will want an office close to your house. When you have a sick child the last thing you want to have to do is drive far away just to get to the office. Make sure it’s reasonably close by.
  • Parking/Getting Inside: There’s nothing worse than not being able to actually park at a doctor’s office. Do a drive by and see if there is adequate parking or how far the office is in the building. When you’re carrying a newborn or even a toddler, you want an easy in and out place!

When you’ve narrowed your search down go to some visits and schedule a tour and a meeting with the potential doctor. They should allow a meeting after hours! Here are some things to ask about.

Good Questions to Ask a Pediatrician

  • Ask their credentials. Don’t be afraid to do this. A board-certified doctor will be certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
  • Office Hours?
  • Ask about after hours and what happens when you have a sick child when the office is closed.
  • How long have they been in practice?
  • Ask about their philosophies on things like breastfeeding, circumcision, sleep training, medicines
  • What hospital are they affiliated with?

Check the office and waiting room area. Do they have a sick area and a well area? You do not want to be sitting by sickies when you are there for a well check!! Watch how the office staff handles other patients. Don’t be afraid to ask other patrons in the waiting room why they like that doctor.

Hopefully after taking these things into consideration and these questions you’ve asked you will find the right doctor for your family’s needs.