There’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than wandering the stalls of Bradenton Farmers’ Market. While the atmosphere is light and carefree, visitors to the market should take precautions when spending time in the Florida sun.
Even 15 minutes of sun exposure can cause sunburn, elevated body temperature and dehydration that put your health at risk. Thus, Bradenton urgent care providers are recommending market visitors take necessary precautions to protect themselves.
Researchers once thought the sun’s rays were most intense between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but new research reports that prolonged exposure should be avoided between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunburn can happen quickly and to anyone, regardless of skin complexion. Special care should be taken with infants and children, as childhood skin damage has long-lasting effects.
Sunburns can be severe, resulting in second and even third degree burns that damage nerves and tissue. Sun poisoning, a reaction to sunburn, may also occur. Symptoms include chills, nausea, fever and rash. The redness from sunburn usually subsides within a few days, but damage to skin cells is permanent and can increase susceptibility for skin-cancer. Any part of your body that is exposed can burn, so it’s important to reapply sunscreen every two hours or according to instructions.
Sunstroke is a type of heatstroke that results from exposure to the sun and its resonating heat. A combination of dehydration and elevated body temperature causes nausea, vomiting, dizziness, rapid breathing, racing heart rate and headache. A person with sunstroke may seem disoriented or delayed in their responses. Sunstroke is a dangerous condition and one that requires immediate medical attention to lower the body temperature.
Some simple but effective ways in protecting against the dangers of exposure in the sun include wearing a sunscreen with at least SPF 30, wearing a lip balm with sunscreen, as well as a wide-brimmed hat or cap and sunglasses.
Spending time outside in nice weather is a favorite pastime of most people. Knowing the dangers posed by the sun is key to preventing overexposure. If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms of sunburn and sunstroke, you can always stop by an urgent care facility like U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group. A walk in clinic in Bradenton such as this has experienced doctors that will help alleviate your symptoms and provide you with tips for protecting yourself against the sun’s rays.
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