House Calls

SUM 2019

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26 { summer 2019 } h o u s e c a l l s Wear Your Sun- Day Best Just as sunscreen has an SPF, clothing has a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) that quantifies how effectively the item shields against the sun. Garments made of tightly woven fabrics dyed in vivid colors provide the highest UPF levels. Here are five tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation for dressing to be outdoors: ➊ Look for garments with a UPF label of at least 30. ➋ Choose clothes that cover as much skin as possible but still suit your purpose (i.e., long-sleeve sun shirts for the beach). ➌ Select wide-brimmed hats (at least three inches in diameter) that shade your face, neck, and ears. ➍ Wear UV-filtering sunglasses to protect your eyes. ➎ Wash new cotton garments two or three times to shrink the space between fibers and permanently raise their UPF rating. redness, itchiness, swelling, and blisters, typically appears within two to three days of contact with the oily resin that is found in the leaves, stems, and roots of the plants and can last for up to two weeks. These flare-ups often self resolve, but symptoms can be managed with calamine lotion, hydrocortisone, and antihistamines. To prevent brushes with these plant toxins, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology reminds us: "Leaves of three, let it be." "With any rash or hives, seek treatment if you develop systemic symptoms such as fevers or chills, or if the rash is severe, blisters, covers a large area, or has affected a sensitive place like the face or genitals," says Dr. Rahbar. "When in doubt, remember that it's always safer to have a doctor check your rash versus waiting for it to progress." Acne & Rosacea Spurred on by hormones, acne is inflammation caused by oil, debris, and bacteria trapped in the skin's openings. "We see it so often, especially in teens and women in their 20s and 30s, 50s, and beyond," says Dr. Rahbar. The condition affects up to 50 million Americans annually, reports the AAD, and research shows that it can be exacerbated by heat and humidity, which cause the skin to produce more pore-clogging oil, known as sebum. Unfortunately, summer tank tops expose the exact areas where breakouts most frequently occur besides the face—the chest, upper back, and shoulders. To In April 2019, 55-year-old Johns Island resident Jacquelyne Fipps noticed a black dot on her hairline that scabbed over. She booked an appointment with Dr. Rahbar, who diagnosed the spot as basal cell carcinoma. Within days of the diagnosis, Dr. Rahbar removed the skin cancer during an outpatient procedure, and Fipps is now cancer free. "I always have a hat on if I'm in the sun and wear sunscreen with SPF 50 on my face every day," says Fipps. P H O T O G R A P H S B Y J A C Q U E L Y N E F I P P S M I R A A D W E L L & M A N W A V E B R E A K M E D I A / S H U T T E R S T O C K

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