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What to Look Out for While Camping

Monday, August 06, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camping in the wild outdoors can be great family fun. Crackling campfires, inspiring nature walks, swimming at the beach, adventurous hikes on dusty, rugged trails, fun outdoor games, basking in the sunshine and the very best grilled foods - these are some of the family's best memories. But along with these enjoyable festivities, spending time with nature can also produce some very special hazards.

The Dangers

Here are some of the potential dangers to be aware of when camping:

Ultraviolet Light Exposure

There are three basic types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. The most common cause of all three is extended exposure to ultraviolet light, such as found in direct sunlight.

Camping can be fun, but it's important to monitor how much time is spent in the sun. Long sleeves, pants, gloves, and wide-brimmed hats all provide protection from direct sunlight. Finding locations to relax in the shade of trees or under an umbrella can keep that outdoor experience without the hazard of direct UV sunlight. A good, high-protection sunblock is also very helpful for reducing the effects of the sun’s rays if applied directly and often.

A potential problem can manifest itself through changes to a mole or other patches of skin. Differences in color, size or texture may be a warning sign and require immediate attention.

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Two of the most troublesome hazards found in the wild are poison oak and poison ivy. Exposure to either of these vining plants can produce painful sores, incessant itching, and overall general discomfort.

A good plan for avoiding these when camping is to study the appearance of each, along with how they grow and where they are commonly found. Avoid walking through clusters of unknown grasses, brush, or rubbing against trees with foliage attached. Learn to identify the two plants by their leaves and vines, and note any occurrences to share with the other campers.

Any suspected outbreak should be immediately diagnosed and treated by a dermatological professional before it has a chance to spread.

Ringworm

Despite its name, ringworm is not a worm but instead a fungus. It can be contracted nearly anywhere in the wild and is identified by its typical circular pattern of rash. A suspected ringworm infliction should be treated by a professional dermatologist as soon as possible.

The Solution

Camping is fun but the potential for complications exist. Staying aware and alert can catch a problem quickly that might otherwise go undetected.

Any symptoms or possible evidence of an issue, however minor, should be checked out. The most effective treatments for skin problems come with early detection, so it is crucial that any possible afflictions be located and treated immediately.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco provides full-featured, professional diagnosis and treatment of skin afflictions and diseases. A simple consultation can catch many serious problems in their infancy and resolve them quickly, professionally and effectively.

Summer Skin Cancer Alert

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


What Is Skin Cancer?

You may not know this, but skin cancer is the most common type of cancer that is diagnosed in the United States. Skin cancer is commonly accepted to be an abnormal growth of skin cells. It usually begins to develop on areas of an individual's skin that has been exposed to the sun's harmful rays.

There are a variety of different types of skin cancer that are commonly diagnosed including, basal and squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratoses, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Each of the different types of skin cancer displays different symptoms, varying from pink patches of skin, to dark spots that suddenly appear on skin that has been exposed to the sun.

Preventing Skin Cancer

The primary way of preventing skin cancer is to protect your skin from the potentially harmful ultraviolet rays that are emitted by the sun. A good way to do this is by seeking shade when the sun's rays are the most powerful, generally between 10 am and 2 pm. Protective clothing is a must if it is necessary that you are out when the sun's rays are at their strongest. Hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved shirts are the ideal apparel to protect you. The most important thing that you can do to protect yourself from skin cancer is to apply sunscreen or sunblock regularly, and to avoid tanning beds. This is your most effective means of protecting against skin cancer and doing this will also help to combat the aging effects that the sun has on your skin, like wrinkles, blotches, and crow's feet.

The Most Effective Sunscreen

Every time that you plan to be outside for extended periods of time, especially during the sun's most powerful hours as mentioned above, then you should be applying sunscreen and reapplying it at least every 2 hours. It is important to always use a sunscreen that protects against a broad spectrum of light as this protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. You should aim to use a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher to ensure that you have maximum protection. Finally, you should ensure that your sunscreen is water resistant, and reapplied often, as, despite manufacturer's claims, there is really no sunscreen that is waterproof or sweatproof.

Detecting Skin Cancer

When it is detected early, skin cancer is often treatable and has extremely high rates of survival. That is why you should always check your skin regularly, and if there is something that seems out of place, then arrange an appointment with Dermatology Consultants of Frisco and have them check it. Remember, if there is something that you are not sure about, something that does not look right, Dermatologist Consultants of Frisco can help put your mind at ease.

Dermatology Consultants of Frisco, your Frisco dermatologists, offers comprehensive cosmetic services to all of our patients. To discuss your skin needs or to check a questionable spot on your skin, call our office for a consultation today.

 


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