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Are you someone who loves to walk or jog in a park or play sports all summer, out on a field? If you need to be out in the sun, losing time doing what you enjoy, it’s easy to use some sunscreen as an afterthought. But it’s important to be mindful about how you protect your skin, particularly if you love the outdoors.

“If you’re like most people, you’re probably not using sunscreen correctly — or using enough,” says dermatologist Alok Vij, MD. “And there are some special precautions I recommend for sports enthusiasts,” he adds.

Here are some expert tips to treat your skin right:

  1. Use a lot — estimate a shot glass full of sunscreen. That’s 1.5 ounces, or enough to cover the whole body. You need a pretty good coating.
  2. Don’t overestimate the power of a higher sun protection factor (SPF) level. “In general, 30 SPF or above is OK. But, because most people don’t put it on frequently enough or use enough, you may need a higher SPF,” Dr. Vij says. Consider that if you use less than one-quarter of what you need, as many people do, and you use 30 SPF sunscreen, you’re only getting one-fourth the full amount, which is 7 or 8 SPF, or essentially nothing, he says.
  3. If you’re only outside for 20 minutes, you still need sun protection. It’s easy to think that if they’re out for short time, sunscreen isn’t necessary. But it’s still exposure, and depending on the time of day, you can get a sunburn in very little time. Also, 20 minutes can easily turn into 40.
  4. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out. This will give it time to soak in. Otherwise your first sweat washes it away.
  5. Know when you need to reapply. If you are out for more than an hour and a half or two hours, reapply. If you go swimming you should reapply every time you get out of the water. Reapply more frequently if you are sweating a lot as well.
  6. Consider alternatives to lotions, creams and sprays. Sun protective clothing is a great way to protect your skin. Most athletic brands have some good options. These are listed as UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) as opposed to SPF factors, but the numbers are similar. A regular white T-shirt gives about 8 UPF protection and most sun protective clothing is around UPF 50, so it’s a significant improvement.
  7. Protect your eyes too. UV-protection sunglasses are an important way to protect against cataracts. You can get melanoma of the retina, though it’s not very common. Particularly when you are on the water, the light is reflecting so you are getting twice as much exposure. UV light exposure to the eye accelerates age-related vision changes, as well.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/7-sunscreen-tips-especially-for-outdoor-sports-lovers/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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