Summer Health Tips

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These Summer Health Tips are my best efforts to share how to enjoy the outdoors, it should be a high priority as we approach the season of fun!

5 Summer Health TipsSummer Health Tips to get you thinking before you head off on all the summer adventures. I’ve made a list of the things that seem to affect us most in the summertime, maybe it will help you out just a little! I partnered with CVS to share about their MinuteClinic options, many that I was not previously aware of, and wanted to share with all of you!

So let’s talk about…

Sunburns–Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness month? Skin cancer starts with sunburns. I got quite a few sunburns as a child, and I’m vigilant with yearly checkups to the dermatologist where I’ve had a bunch of pre-cancerous moles removed. A little sun is important Vitamin D, but with the sun rays high, we need to make sure we are protecting the precious skin of our children. CVS stores throughout the summer will include in-store information and tips for the best sun protection, check it out next time you’re there!  Even if you aren’t in an emergency, your CVS pharmacist is also a great resource even if you aren’t picking up a prescribed medication. They can help recommend the best over the counter medication for your symptoms. Read about the Long Live Skin campaign below to see more.

Swimmer’s Ear–My husband test to be more vulverable to this, and once he was in so much pain, he went to the emergency room in the middle of the night, not fully realizing what was going on. On, he’s very vigilant about shaking out his head after a swim, and putting in drops to prevent swimmers ear. If you or your child has an ear ache, CVS MinuteClinics can help you out in a pinch! MinuteClinic can be an inexpensive and convenient alternative to an ER visit or trip to the doctor.

Poisonous plants–I’ll admit, I don’t fully know what poison ivy, oak, and sumac looks like. We will be doing some mountain hiking this summer, and I plan to brush up on the pictures of poison ivy before I go. BUT, if I suspect we get a brush with the dastardly plants, the MinuteClinic will save the day.

  • Treat skin with warm soapy water
  • wash clothes
  • May not feel itching for 12-36 hours

Fire burns–From campfires to fireworks, fire burns happen. Of course we should aim to prevent them by being extra cautious, but simple burns can be treated. Here is a quick treatment:

  1. Run under cool water immediately
  2. Cover with an adhesive bandage
  3. Triple anti-biotic application

If worse, they can be treated at the minute clinic, too. MinuteClinic accepts most insurance but also offers out of pocket pricing. Choosing MinuteClinic can result in up to 80% cost savings over higher cost of care options.

Bug Bites–Dang those mosquitos! In the US, we are fortunate that we don’t have to worry about Malaria like they do in Africa. We had to take preventative medication while we were in Ghana, just in case. But we do tend to get the bites anyway, and they can be itchy and can get infected. To DEET or not to DEET, that is the question? 2 of my kids seem to be “sweeter” than others when it comes to bug bites, and because I don’t as much, I often forget to stock up on repellant.

I share these 5 Summer Health Tips in my partnership with CVS Pharmacy I wanted to share about their Long Live Skin Campaign. CVS Pharmacy and Johnson & Johnson have partnered with the American Cancer Society to create exclusive content for in store signage, and the CVS Pharmacy circular. Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 for every Neutrogena or Aveeno product with SPF 15 or higher purchased from June 18-24 to the American Cancer Society to help prevent skin cancer.

The Long Live Skin campaign is also supported by other initiatives focused on healthy skincare and the importance of sun protection:

  • CVS Pharmacy is the only national retailer to remove all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from shelves, and has added more than 30 new SPF+/broad spectrum products that either meet or exceed FDA standards.
  • By the end of 2019, all parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde donors in beauty and personal care products within the CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, Promise Organic and Blade store brand product lines will be removed.
  • 70% of CVS Pharmacy pharmacists address patient questions related to skin concerns each day. In response, CVS Pharmacy is launching a new Skin Solution section in the pharmacy checkout in 4,000+ stores on June 25 with education and dermatologist-recommended products for top chronic/episodic skin conditions like acne, rosacea, scarring, rashes, sunburn and more.
  • New brands with greater skin health benefits are launching throughout 2017, from preventative and proactive skincare with increased SPF, to more dermatological-approved options as well as additional natural and organic products.
  • Tag @CVSPharmacy an use the #AdviceToMyYoungerSelf hashtag to spread the news

I’d love to hear any Summer Health Tips you might have! What am I missing to be extra vigilant this summer?

For some summer fun, you might enjoy other posts I’ve shared: Summer Photo Booth props // Boredom busters for teen boys // Beach Picture Ideas // Printable Summer Postcards // 15 Summer Treats

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