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Family sun health May '14

Publish date: 30/05/2014

Tags: burn , sun , skin

AXA PPP healthcare asked: We have a questions from Twitter:

Jaime Oliver @AXAPPPhealth i certainly would .. how effective are the all day lotions?

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: Hi Jaime, all day lotions need to be applied after contact with water ie swimming, however do not hesitate to follow the advice displayed on the packaging according to the manufacturer.

AXA PPP healthcare asked: One from Facebook:

I often worry that when my kids go in the sea they'll get burnt, even with lotion on! Are there specific types I should use that don't wash off when they go swimming?

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: Good afternoon, the high factor sun screens ie 50 are supposed to be water resistant however it is advisable to apply again after swimming and to apply regularly through out the day

AXA PPP healthcare asked: Another from Twitter: Is it true that the higher the spf factor on the bottle the safer it is? Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: The higher spf is a precaution to be taken in addition to avoiding strong sunlight or when it is at its highest during the day. The higher spf protects against uva and uvb rays which are potentially more harmful for burning the skin.

AXA PPP healthcare asked: One from Facebook: How long is too long in the sun?

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: apply a generous amount of sunscreen at least 15minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply regularly, at least every 2-3hours and even water resistant sunscreens should be reapplied after coming out of the water.

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Anonymous71 asked: Hello I have sun damaged skin that has been checked by a dermatologist. Should I cover up all the time, as well as using at least a factor 30 suncream? Thanks

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: It would be advisable to definitely cover the damaged areas when the sun is at its strongset ie midday and always use a high protection sunscreen on the damaged areas.

ShazzerP1 asked: Hi I'm going to India later on this year. Will I need any vaccines and if so, which ones. Thanks

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: For travel to India, it is advised to have vaccinations for Diptheria, tetanus and polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Other vaccines to be considered however not mandatory are cholera, Hepatitis B Janenese encephalitis and rabies. These need to be discussed at a travel clinic to assess your individual risk. Malaria chemoprophlaxis also needs to be considered and discussed at the clinic

ShazzerP1 commented: Thank you Is Malaria chemoprophlaxis different to Malaria

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: Malaria chemoprophylaxis is prescribed or over the counter medicine that you should take to prevent the disease or infection of malaria If you would like to discuss which medications are required you need to discuss at a travel clinic or Health at Hand Team axa ppp

ShazzerP1 commented: Thank you

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: If there is any further advice you need, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Emma asked: I have a small patch of sun damage on my face that a dermatologist told me could be removed with a laser. I am going on holiday in a few weeks, could I have it removed before I go or would it be better to wait until after?

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: Laser treatment would make the area more sun sensitive and would therefore be advisable to use a high spf to cover the affected area whilst on holiday and preferably delay your treatment until your return

Anonymous215 asked: Hi Maria & Sue - I remember blistering as a child from sunburn on holiday, I've read that increases my chance of skin cancer; should I take more precautions in the sun as an adult because of this?

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: The skin will have been damaged from the blistering as a child and therefore preventative measures that you can take are to avoid strong sunlight whenever possible, cover up with loose clothing and a hat. When purchasing sun screens, choose at least spf 30 (the higher the better) which will prtect against uva and uvb rays.Apply generously; at least 15minutes before going out in the sun and apply regularly; at least 2-3 hourly.Water resistant sunscreens should be reapplied after coming out of the water.

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: A stick application with a high spf is usueful for exposed areas such as nose lips and ears as they tend to burn more easily and can be used on the previous blistered areas

Anonymous215 commented: Great advice, thank you. So water resistant sunscreens aren't really that water resistant?

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: They are water resistant, however on water emersion, there is a risk that the product concentration will decrease therefore the manufacturer advises to reapply after exposure to water.

Anonymous215 commented: Really useful - thanks! :)

ShazzerP1 asked: Hello - I have one more question I have solar keratosis and need to keep an eye on this. What are the chances of this sun damage becoming cancerous? Of course I do protect my skin, and I will particularly when I go to India, but is there anything else I should do?

Thanks

Maria Bahig and Sue Tyrrell answered: Regarding a solar keratosis; it is important to use a high spf on this area at least 30spf as well as wearing protective clothing over the affected area during your vacation in India

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