NHS summer hydration campaign went out locally this week. Good timing as the met office announces record temps for this week.
Key public health messages:
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a hat. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
- avoid physical exertion
- drink plenty of cold drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you
- if you have a health problem, keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator
- look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, older people, young children or animals
Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.
Useful information during hot weather
- British Association of Dermatologists: THE ABCDEASY WAY TO CHECK MOLES
- British Association of Dermatologists: ARE YOU more AT RISK of developing skin cancer than others?
- Beat the Heat
- Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather
- British Association of Dermatologists HOW TO CHECK YOUR SKIN
- British Association of Dermatologists KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT COMMON SKIN CANCERS
- British Association of Dermatologists NON MELANOMA TYPES