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26th Jun, 2022

Redditch doctors in health alert as temperatures continue to soar

Ross Crawford 24th Jul, 2019

TAKE care out in the scorching sun – that’s the message from local doctors.

They are urging people to protect themselves against sunburn and thereby lower the risk of developing skin cancer in later life.

Dr Carl Ellson, Clinical Lead for the county’s clinical commissioning groups said: “Although getting out and about in the sun has many benefits, there are also some dangers, including the risk of sunburn if exposed to too much sunlight without taking suitable precautions.

“Even if it’s cloudy or overcast you can still burn, so make sure you’re prepared whatever the weather.”

His advice is:

Use sun cream – apply before you go out in the sunshine and re-apply every two hours.

Wear suitable clothing – a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved top if you are susceptible to sunburn.

Reduce exposure to direct sunlight – ideally between 11am and 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its strongest.

Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day can help, and open them when it is cooler at night.

Make sure to drink plenty of fluids – keep hydrated. Although, this doesn’t include alcohol – this can dehydrate you.

It’s also important look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions, as they are at greater risk of further complications as the weather gets hotter.

“If you feel unwell or have any concerns about your sunburn, particularly if you are burnt over a large area, have blistering or swelling of the skin, chills, dizziness, sickness or a high temperature, you can call NHS 111 – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Dr Ellson.

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