With summer’s warm, sunny weather, now’s the perfect time to get outdoors and take advantage of everything the season offers. Hiking, hitting the beach, playing sports, or dipping in the pool can be much fun. However, getting too much sun can pose some problems, especially regarding UV rays. What are they? Simply put, UV rays are radiation rays from the sun, but you can also get them artificially from tanning beds. Why are they bad for you? UV rays are the leading cause of skin cancer. If you’re enjoying the sun this summer, it’s important to take special precautions while doing so.
Prevention Is Easier Than Treatment
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to reduce the risk of sun damage to your skin greatly:
- Use sunscreen on your feet with SPF 30+.
- Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours.
- If swimming in the pool or ocean, reapply your sunscreen once you get out.
- Limit time outside when the sun is most intense.
- Find shade.
- Wear a hat and cover your skin with light layers.
- Avoid tanning booths.
Keep Your Eyes Open
Early skin cancer detection can save your life and increase the likelihood of successful treatment. Check your feet daily for any signs of melanoma. Here’s what to look for:
- Asymmetrical moles
- Skin areas that are mottled or multi-colored
- Moles that are larger than a pencil eraser
Think you see changes in the skin on your feet and ankles? Call our office today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.