There are lots of fun things to do in the sun go to the beach, have a picnic in the park, or just take a walk and enjoy the weather!Even though the sun is fun, it can also be dangerous to your health.Slide 3

The sun can be unhealthy for your skin and for your eyes.
Sunburns can also make you more likely to develop skin cancer.The sun can also cause your eyes to burn. Slide 4

Anyone can get sunburned, but some people are more sensitive to the sun than others.
Have had many sunburns in the pastHave a family history of skin cancerSlide 5

Medicine can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
AntibioticsAntidepressantsCardiovascular drugsOral medications for diabetesAsk your doctor if your medicines will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.Slide 6

It is important for you to protect yourself when you go out in the sun.
Getting sunburns and spending time in the sun can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Slide 7

You will be able to tell if you have a sunburn by the look and feel of your skin.
Your skin will also feel hot to the touch.It may also feel dry and scratchy.Slide 8

If you get a sunburn, follow these tips to feel better.
Take a cool (not cold) bath or gently apply a cool, wet cloth to any sunburned areas on your body.Put some aloe vera gel on your skin (you can buy this at most pharmacies).Take an over-the-counter pain medication.If the sunburn is so bad that blisters develop, call your doctor.Slide 9

There are things you can do to protect your body from the sun.
If you do go out in the sun, prepare yourself! Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection.Use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.Put on a lip balm with sunscreen in it.Slide 10

Once you are outside, you can continue to protect yourself all day.
If you are swimming or sweating, put on sunscreen more often.Stay in the shade as muchas possible; bring an umbrellato make your own shade.Slide 11

In addition to sunburn, spending too much time in the sun could cause you to suffer dehydration or heat stroke.
Heat stroke is when your body gets too hot and is unable to cool itself down. Slide 12

If you think you have dehydration, you should drink water right away and take a rest out of the sun.
When you are spending time in the sun, try to avoid drinking tea, coffee, soda, or alcohol.Remember to take breaks in the shade throughout the day.Slide 13

If you think you are suffering from heat stroke, you should call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room quickly.
You can prevent heat stroke by drinking plenty of water during hot weather and trying to stay out of the sun as much as possible.If it is hot outside, do not stay in a parked car with all of the windows closed.Slide 14

To learn more about staying healthy in the sun, check out these articles and websites!
ddssafety.net/Archives/Archives/Consumers/SummerSafety.aspxOther websites: The National Safety Council: www.nsc.org/ehc/sunsafe.htm Click here for a printable version of the checklist.

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Health Point:Staying Healthy in the Sun

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Do you like to go out in the sun?