Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2014 - (Page 4)

GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED TODAY! Sun Smarts Experts from the University of Maryland, including dermatologist Anthony Gaspari, MD, chairman of Dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and pediatric dermatologist Brian P. Green, DO, FAAD, have office hours in Bel Air. Dr. Gaspari sees patients at UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center on the first and third Fridays of each month. Dr. Green sees pediatric patients on the second and fourth Thursdays. To make an appointment, call 800-515-0044. Tips to stay safe in the summer sun A meant endless outdoor REAPPLY, REAPPLY, REAPPLY fun. As teens, it meant Reapplying sunscreen may be the most sunbathing with baby oil neglected step in the sun-safety regimen. to ensure the darkest tan Don't just put it on and forget it. Sun- s children, summertime this side of Aruba. Fast-forward to adult- two hours while you're outdoors, and a higher incidence of skin cancer have Anthony Gaspari, MD screen should be reapplied about every hood, where a thinning ozone layer and Brian P. Green, DO, FAAD every 45 minutes if you're swimming. made us wary of spending hours out sun protection. These items bear an in the sun. But while cancer is a serious HAT'S IT! concern, you don't have to become a Head out with a hat that protects your 15 to 50 on their labels (think of it as an summer shut-in. Follow these tips to help face, neck and ears. Choose one with a SPF for fabric). you safely enjoy your season in the sun. wide brim that is at least 3 to 4 inches ultraviolet protection factor, or UPF, of around for suitable coverage. The bucket PLAY MOVIE STAR and wide-brimmed farmer's hats, in a Forget paparazzi cameras; you've got For years, health experts and meteo- lightweight straw or cotton twill, are two a better reason to shield your eyes. The rologists alike have warned, "Stay classic, stylish choices. eye area is incredibly vulnerable. Pro- AVOID 10 TO 4 indoors during the heat of the day." longed sun exposure can damage your It's true. Avoid the peak hours of the SEEK SHADE sun. Its rays are the strongest between Look for shade, but do so with caution. ing eye disease. Try to wear sunglasses 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to schedule While trees and umbrellas provide pro- that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA outdoor activities around those times. tection, you still need to protect yourself and UVB radiation. under them. The sun's rays can scatter, SLATHER ON THE SUNSCREEN penetrate and reflect to reach you. eyes and increase your risk for develop- ADD IT ALL UP Though each of these tips is important, Liberally apply sunscreen about 20 DRESS FOR THE OCCASION to 30 minutes before going outside. Covering up in dark, tight-knit fabric is Doing just one thing won't adequately Because the sun emits two types of the best way to protect your skin-but protect you against the extensive harmful rays-UVA and UVB-your sun- it's not always your first choice of what sun exposure you get in the summer screen should provide "broad-spectrum" you want to wear in the summer heat. months. Wear the hat, the clothing, the protection against both, with a sun pro- Fortunately, there are now a lot of light- sunglasses and the sunscreen. They're tection factor (SPF) of at least 15. weight clothing options with effective all essential ... for everyone. 4 MARYLAND'S HEALTH MATTERS adhering to one or two isn't enough.  Get more summer tips! Go to, search "Sun-Drenched" under "Healthy Insights."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2014

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2014
In This Issue
A Healthy Start
Sun Smarts
An Inside Look
Special Deliveries
Full-Fledged Support
At A Glance
Physician Update
News and Events

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Summer 2014