The actual feeling of Spring is finally here! It is so nice to see the weather has been getting better, sunnier, and warmer, but it is important to be aware on how to protect yourself.
What do I mean by protecting yourself? Well, UV radiation and pollen levels are factors of discomfort in the spring. UV radiation is a form of radiation that comes from the sun and other man-made sources (like tanning beds). These rays can cause sunburn, aging of skin, wrinkles, and more dangerously cancer from damaged DNA. Pollen is a powdery substance that come from flowers or cones that can be transferred by wind, insects, or other animals. Issues that people can have from pollen is sneezing, congestion, runny nose, trouble breathing, watery and itchy eyes.
In order to enjoy the outdoors again for this nice upcoming climate, I will provide some tips in how to stay safe:
For UV rays, according to the CDC:
- Wear hats to shade your face, ears, and neck.
- Wear sunglasses that blocks UVA and UVB rays.
- Use sunscreen (SPF) 15 or higher and reapply consistently.
- Avoid using tanning beds.
- Wear clothes that cover arms and legs.
- If you decide to wear shorts and t-shirts, be sure to put sunscreen in all those places.
- Do not stay out in the open sun for too long especially during early afternoon.
- Look at your Weather app and look at the UV index. This gives a better look of how much protection you need.
For pollen, according to Mayo Clinic:
- Try to stay indoors on windy days.
- Maybe on days after it rains as it clears pollen from the air.
- Avoid cutting grass, weed pulling, and other gardening stuff.
- Remove clothes that you’ve worn outside and shower to rinse pollen that may be attached to hair or skin.
- Do not hang dry your clothes
- Wear a face mask
- Use the Weather app to determine the air quality and pollen levels.
- If you have asthma and are sensitive to pollen carry your inhaler with you.
- Keep doors and windows closes when pollen levels are high.
- Avoid outdoor activities in the morning where pollen levels are high.
These are just some of many things to do to be sure you are enjoying the flowers blooming and sun shining! Have a wonderful week Cardinals!
By Samantha Hernandez Lemus and Gavin Gunder