Top Tips For Summer Sun Protection
For many, summertime can increase time spent outdoors. For those with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan for your time outside in the sun.
Increased Sun Sensitivity
Several medications can increase sun sensitivity and lead to a sunburn. Check medication labels and, if needed, check with your nurse or pharmacist. Always apply a high SPF that protects against UVA and UVB rays — it’s best to choose a water-resistant option and reapply every hour or so. For those with a catheter, make sure it’s always adequately covered so it doesn’t get too much sun.
Light, breathable clothing can help keep you cool and comfortable while protecting your skin from excess sun exposure. Bring a big-brimmed hat and a good pair of sunglasses with you wherever you go.
Know When the Sun is High in the Sky
Listen to your body and seek shade when you feel overheated. The sun is strongest between 10 am and 2 pm, so limit your exposure during these hours. Temperatures often cool after 3 pm, so it’s best to plan more strenuous activities for later in the afternoon.
Keep Your Food and Fluid Intake in Mind
The summer sun can leave you feeling parched. Stay mindful of your fluid intake. To avoid excessive thirst, stay away from salty foods. When thirsty, drink slowly and drink from smaller cups/glasses to avoid drinking too much. Keep in mind that several summer favorite foods are liquid-based. Be sure to include Jello, fruits, ice pops, etc. into your daily fluid totals.
Don’t let the summer heat stop you from enjoying your favorite seasonal activities, by keeping these tips in mind, you can enjoy the summer sun all season long!