MANILA—As the summer temperature continues to soar higher than average, many people may experience sunburn, although this skin problem can be prevented, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
“It (sunburn) can be prevented if you hold your outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon,” said DOH Secretary Janette L. Garin.
According to her, avoiding direct exposure to sun rays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., wherein the heat index is at its strongest level, will help a lot.
She said that seeking shelter under trees and other shady areas or cool places, as well as using an umbrella, can also prevent the ill-effects of too much sun exposure.
She noted that drinking eight to 12 glasses of water can help in replacing the body liquids lost during exposure to summer heat, aside from addressing possible heat-stroke occurrence.
At the same time, she said it is important that people keep themselves hydrated by bringing water or ensuring that they can access water to drink within their location or in areas where they are going or staying around.
Elderly people, Dr. Garin said, should always be accompanied wherever they go so that there will be someone that can monitor their conditions and do immediately whatever is necessary in case they will suffer heat stroke.
The Health Chief added that using sunscreen or Sun Protector Factor (SPF) appropriately can also provide ample protection.
She explained that part of this factor should also involve choosing a product that retards against both UVA and UVB rays, with at least an SPF30.
She explained that said protecting products from UVA and UVB rays should be applied 30 minutes before actual sun exposure to the body parts that will be exposed such as ears, nape areas and feet.
If exposure will be extended, the same can be reapply to the same areas of the body, especially for those who will be going to swim in beaches and swimming pools.
For those going to the pool, she reminded it is important to take a bath first before plunging into the water.
She said it is important to ensure that body parts are clean enough so that they can also help at the same time in maintaining the cleanliness of the water in the pool for the protection of next users and to avoid the spread of skin diseases as well.
She added that urinating in the pool is a big “No” and should really not be done at all as others may accidentally swallow the water while diving and swimming.
On top of it all, she also reminded that it is important also for both parents and guardians to closely watch their kids during swimming activities because incidence of drowning is also something that should not be disregarded to prevent loss of people’s lives.
Meanwhile, she said that skin diseases can also be prevented if one will do daily bathing.