Medical Disorders
Resources
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Drop in Life Expectancy From COVID Much Worse for Black, Hispanic AmericansInnovative Kidney Donor 'Voucher' System Is Saving LivesMental Confusion an Early Warning Sign of Severe COVID-19COVID Caused Biggest Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Since World War IIClot-Removing Procedure Can Sometimes Backfire for Stroke PatientsFDA to Add Warning to Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines About Rare Heart Issues in YoungAHA News: Silent Heart Attacks All Too Common, and Often OverlookedRash, Itch After COVID Vaccine Rare & Quickly ResolvesStudy Suggests COVID Vaccine Booster Shots Will Be NeededNo Need for Blood Thinners in Patients Sick at Home With COVID-19Heart Issues in Young COVID Vaccine Recipients Rare, Usually Mild and Quickly Resolve: ExpertsMore E-Scooter Rideshares, More InjuriesMore Than Half of People With Asthma Aren't Seeing a SpecialistAutopsy Study Shows How COVID Harms the BrainCOVID Deaths Drop to New Lows in U.S., While Vaccination Rates ClimbNot-So-Happy-Birthdays: Parties Helped Spread COVID, Study FindsAHA News: Should Rare Cases of Heart Inflammation Put Your COVID-19 Vaccine Plans on Hold?Obesity in Teens Raises Adult Diabetes Risk, Even After Weight LossNew Genetic Insights Into Cause of ALSScreen All Kids for Heart Problems, Pediatricians' Group SaysIn 11 States, Seniors' Low Vaccination Rates a 'Powder Keg' for New CasesSickle Cell Plagues Many Black Americans, But There's Hope for Better TreatmentsSurvivors' Plasma Helps Blood Cancer Patients Battle COVID-19Hospitals: One Reason COVID Is More Lethal for Black AmericansMany 'High Priority' Patients Aren't Getting Put on Kidney Transplant ListsU.S. to Spend $3.2 Billion to Help Develop Antiviral Pills for COVIDRed Cross Warns of Severe Blood ShortageHand Sanitizer Vapors Can Cause Nausea, DizzinessPfizer, Moderna Vaccines Do No Harm to Male Fertility: StudyLess Than 1% of People Who've Had Severe COVID Get Re-InfectedMold a Big Threat to People With COPDWhat Works Best to Ease Migraines?Pandemic Silver Lining: Fewer Dangerous Flare-Ups for COPD PatientsIs Zinc a Friend or Foe to Kidney Stones?Strict Rest Not Recommended After Sports-Linked Concussion, Experts SayEven Good Weather Didn't Lift Lockdown Blues: StudyU.S. ​COVID Death Toll Tops 600,000Third Dose of COVID Vaccine Boosts Protection in Transplant RecipientsCould a Type of Statin Raise Dementia Risks?Many U.S. Seniors May Need Better Knee Arthritis CareAfter COVID, Many Americans Are Struck by New Maladies: StudyCataracts: Common, and Easy to TreatThere Are Many Good Reasons for Kids to Get the COVID VaccineBabies Produce Strong Immune Response to Ward Off COVID-19: StudyNovavax's COVID Vaccine Shines in Latest TrialAHA News: U.S. Appears to Lose Ground in Controlling High Blood PressureWeight-Loss Surgeries Used Least in U.S. States That Need Them MostObesity Could Raise Odds for 'Long-Haul' COVID SymptomsSmokers, Obese People Need Major Heart Interventions Earlier in LifeOld Age No Bar to Successful Heart Transplant, Study Finds
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Cancer
Men's Health
Women's Health

Many Americans Confused About Sunscreens: Poll

HealthDay News
by Robert Preidt
Updated: May 28th 2021

new article illustration

FRIDAY, May 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Think you know all you need to know about slathering on the sunscreen this summer?

Maybe you don't.

As the Memorial Day weekend begins, many Americans are confused about the proper application of sunscreen and about its sun protection factor (SPF), the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says.

A recent academy poll of 1,000 U.S. adults found that while 80% know they should apply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, only 33% typically do so, while 42% typically don't reapply it at all or reapply it only when they get wet.

Three in 10 respondents said they apply sunscreen only to their face, leaving other areas of their body unprotected.

A recent report in the journal JAMA Dermatology found that most Americans consider the SPF rating to be the most important criteria when selecting sunscreen.

"There is a lot of information on sunscreen labels, and one piece of information isn't necessarily more important than another," said Dr. Henry Lim, former chair of the department of dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

"I tell my patients to look for three things when choosing a sunscreen -- SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum protection, and water resistance," Lim said in an AAD news release.

An SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 97% of the sun's UVB rays, and higher-number SPFs block slightly more of those rays, but no sunscreen can block 100% of the sun's UVB rays.

"Reapplication is key, along with understanding SPF," Lim said. "Many people mistakenly assume that they can apply the sunscreen with the highest SPF rating and then stay out in the sun all day without reapplying; however, SPF is a measurement of how well a sunscreen protects the skin from the sun's UVB rays, which cause sunburn. It is not a measurement of how long someone can stay in the sun or how frequently it needs to be applied."

There are three simple steps to sun protection, according to the AAD.

  • Seek shade, and keep in mind that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection, when possible. For more effective sun protection, wear clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) number on the label.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin not covered by clothing. Reapply every two hours when outdoors or after swimming or sweating.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on sun safety.

SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, news release, May 25, 2021




Facebook

Amazon Smile

 

Children and Adult services are available now with no wait time.  

Please contact HBH at 860-548-0101, option 2.

 


powered by centersite dot net