Summer finally came, and people are shedding layers and heading towards the beach faster than the supermarkets can resupply their shelves with sunscreen and other crucial products for this sunny season. However, alongside the heat wave, the warm season features a couple of summer myths that need to be debunked. Some are old-fashioned beliefs about sunburns; other are more health hazardous myths that somehow survived all of the previous awareness campaigns.
In order for you to fully enjoy the warmth of this season, we have gathered the most popular summer myths and debunked them.
Sunburns Can’t Be Treated
Sunburns usually become apparent after a few hours prior to the exposure. When properly tended, they disappear in approximately 48 hours. However, when they are not treated, their effects can be felt for a couple of days.
The most important thing when getting a sunburn is to get adequately hydrated. Usually, when sun exposure is prolonged, the skin releases more sweat than usual, depleting its water resources fairly quickly.
Another important aspect is to remember to apply lotion to the affected area. Both hydrocortisone and moisturizing cream can be used for this. In the case in which you develop blisters, it is highly recommended to leave them unharmed since popping them could cause infection.
Skin Cancer is Hard to Detect, and It’s Also Pretty Rare
Both of the affirmations are false. According to the latest reports, skin cancer is the most common type of the disorder in the United States. Melanoma, which is the deadliest, is the third most common, squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma being the most encountered types of the illnesses.
There is a simple A-B-C-D-E guide of melanoma that you can use when you discover a mole on your body. If the growth presents any of the following signs, then you must seek immediate medical attention.
A – Asymmetry – Moles that have irregular shapes are usually made out of cancerous cells.
B – Borders – Growths that have irregular or jagged edges can be a sign that the mole is actually a tumor.
C – Color – Uneven or multiple colors are not common for regular, non-cancerous growths.
D – Diameter – Any lesion with a diameter bigger than 6mm should be checked out by a doctor.
E – Evolution – If a mole you’ve had for a long period of time suddenly changes in any way, then you must seek immediate medical attention.
Sunscreens Don’t Help
This is the bigger, most dangerous myth of them all. Using a sun lotion before leaving the house is crucial for the health of your skin. However, you must pay attention to its ingredients because not all of them are recommended.
In general, the best creams are those that have an SPF level higher than 50. Also, you must reapply the cream once every two hours, or once every half an hour if you are engaging in physical exercise or swimming.
Summer myths are born from prejudice or popular opinion. The best way to make sure that you are ready to face a hot, sunny summer is to talk to your physician.
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