Keeping Sun Damage Under Control

Keeping Sun Damage Under Control

by: Hazel M. Freeman

There’s no doubt the sun is a wonderful, life giving force. Warm sunshine seeping into our skin can be a comforting and relaxing feeling. Rain or shine can certainly make or break a vacation. As most of us know more and more research shows that too much sun-exposure can be detrimental to our health and yet we need the healthful Vitamin D sunshine provides. The key is to find a happy medium but that isn’t always easy to do.

Skin cancer is the most common and fastest growing form of cancer in the United States. Skin damage from overexposure to the sun is cumulative over the years and cannot be reversed. Believe it or not, research indicates that most serious and lasting damage occurs before we’re 18 years old. 

SUNLIGHT AND MEDICATIONS
Certain medications may put you at higher risk for a burn or create other health complications? The most common medications to cause these problems include:
• antibiotics
• diuretics
• antihistamines
• antidepressants 
• anti-hypertension
When using any of these products, be especially aware of sun exposure and possible reactions. Products that are applied to the skin, such as PABA (found in some sunscreens), antihistamine creams or ointments, and some perfume oils found in cosmetic products and cleansers may also cause problems. Check with your pharmacist or physician about your medications and follow the directions they give you.

EYE DAMAGE
Ultraviolet rays also cause eye damage. The incidence of cataracts increases with sun exposure as well as macular degeneration. Always wear UV blocking sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation. It’s best to also wear a hat that blocks sunlight from coming in over the top of sunglasses. Choose lenses that are large enough to completely cover the eye and prevent as much light as possible from ….. More: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art178.asp

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