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Leaves of three, let them be!
Summer means spending time outdoors and sometimes, exposure to dangerous plants. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are found throughout the contiguous U.S. and all contain an oil called urushiol. People who come into contact with the oil of these plants can develop an allergic reaction on their skin. Most people are susceptible to allergic reactions to these plants and will develop a rash.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe while spending time outdoors:
- If you think you may have come into contact with these plants, immediately wash your hands, exposed skin, clothes, and tools.
- Pets can transmit the oil on their fur to humans so be sure to also wash pets who may have been exposed, as well as any collars or leashes. While pets can transmit the oil, they are not typically susceptible to developing a rash.
- When working outdoors or hiking, wear clothing to cover your skin. Take a shower and wash all items in warm water when you get home.
- An ‘ivy blocker’ can be applied to the skin if you know you will be working outdoors where there is underbrush or known poison ivy.
- If you have been exposed to these plants before, the rash will often develop in a few hours. First time exposure can take 2-3 weeks to develop.
- The rash can present as an itchy area that develops into red bumps and sometimes blisters. The rash itself is not contagious (only the oil of the plant).
- Some people develop black spots on the skin (photo below, far right).
- For mild cases, calamine lotion, antihistamines, and ice can give relief. For more severe cases, a topical steroid, or even oral prednisone may be needed to quell the rash and itch.
As masks come off, are you lips ready?
After spending so much time hidden behind masks these past 1 ½ years, it’s good to see each other’s faces again, and that means lips!
Get your lips summer ready with a little boost of filler or botulinum toxin for a natural and youthful look.
Happy 4th of July!
After a hiatus of celebrations during the COVID pandemic, this year we’re looking forward to fireworks, picnics and celebrations with family and friends! How do you celebrate our country’s independence? Let us know!
*** Please be aware that Baucom & Mina Derm Surgery, LLC will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of July 4th ***
The importance of UPF clothing… and not just any shirt!
Sun protective clothing is one of our favorite ways to stay safe when outdoors and active in the sun. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is used for rating fabrics. The UPF rating indicates how much of the sun’s UV rays are absorbed by the fabric before it reaches your skin. A UPF rating of 50 means that 98% of UV radiation (both UVA and UVB rays) is blocked by the fabric. All clothing has an innate UPF. For instance, a white t-shirt when dry has a UPF rating of 7 and when wet, only a UPF of 3…definitely NOT enough to keep your skin safe! Fortunately, many companies today understand the need for high UPF factor clothing. When shopping for clothing, look for a UPF of 50 for exceptional sun protection. Typically, this clothing is also designed to wick away sweat and wetness to keep you cool on hot summer days. UPF clothing can be found widely nowadays, but some of our favorite companies are below. Stay safe and stylish this summer with UPF50 sun protective clothing!
Sunscreen Tips from a Kid’s Perspective!
Sunscreen’s important no matter your age. Dr. Mina’s son George gives us a 7-year old’s take on sunscreen application and importance. Plus find some tips for sunscreen use this summer from your friends at Baucom & Mina Derm Surgery, LLC! Our latest YouTube video ‘Sunscreen Tips from a Kid’s Perspective!’ can be found on our channel ‘Baucom & Mina Derm Surgery, LLC’ on YouTube!
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