There are three natural ingredients known for their efficacy in healing and repair of burned or damaged skin. For snowbirds and those of you vacationing at a warm place, bring aloe vera, vitamin E, and lavender oil. In fact, you can mix them into an 8 oz. glass spray bottle:
4 oz purified water
2 oz aloe vera gel
1/2 to 1 oz vitamin E oil
30-60 drops of lavender essential oil
Shake well and use liberally!
Medications That Contraindicate With the Sun
Did you know that certain medications may cause photosensitivity reactions from sun exposure? Certain antibiotics, NSAIDs, birth control pills, hypertension meds, antihistamines, and artificial sweeteners can exacerbate the sun's effect or cause skin-related side effects.
We all know cramped airplane cabins are fertile ground for the spread of infection. In a new study from Physical Review, scientists set out to investigate the mechanics of infection spread on high-occupancy aircraft.
Their findings state that you are more susceptible to infection when boarding as opposed to deplaning. Smaller planes are less likely to condition the spread of infection than larger planes. The larger, compact crowds enhance the environment for communicable diseases.
Spring Break Tip: Before boarding the plane, put a smidge of neosporin in the inner rim and outside of your nostrils. This will help catch anything that is airborne. When you sit down in your seat, have some wipes with you. Wipe down all areas you will be touching and use another wipe for hands after that. Turn on the air and point it so it is six inches in front of your face. Lastly, keep your fingers away from your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth!
Recreational Water Activity
Swimming, paddling, boating and fishing account for more than 90 million cases of gastrointestinal, respiratory, ear, eye and skin-related illnesses per year in the U.S. with an estimated annual cost of $2.9 billion, according to a new report in Environmental Health.
The study focused on illnesses that result from participating in recreational activities on or in natural bodies of water including lakes, rivers and beaches. Illness acquired through the use of swimming pools or water parks is already well studied.
Adults aged 20 to 54 are the most likely to experience mild illness, while children aged 0 to 10 years old experience the majority of moderate illnesses.
Spring Break Tip: Do not enter any of body of water with an open cut, no matter how small. This is the easiest way a pathogen can enter your body. If you are immunocompromised, you may want to proceed entering any body of water with caution. Accidents happen, but do not swallow any water! Try not to put your face anywhere near warm, shallow water. Pathogens can still enter the nasal passages and they are more virulent in warm, shallow water. Finally, shower before and immediately after water use. By showering first, you will not be bringing any of your pathogens into the water. By showering after, you will wash off any residue you may have picked up while swimming. Now, enjoy the water!
Results from a Journal of the American Osteopathic Association study find that nearly one billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate sun exposure related to sunscreen use. The study also found that 95 percent of African-American adults may have vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.
People are spending less time outside and, when they do go out, they're typically wearing sunscreen, which nullifies the body's ability to produce vitamin D. While we want you to protect yourself, there are healthy, moderate levels of unprotected sun exposure that can be very helpful in boosting vitamin D.
Spring Break Tip: Helping vitamin D levels can be as easy as spending 30 minutes in midday sun twice per week or 15 minutes five days per week. The appropriate time depends on a person's geographic location and skin pigmentation. Lighter skin synthesizes more vitamin D than darker skin. It is important to forgo sunscreen during these sessions because SPF 15 or greater decreases vitamin D3 production by 99 percent.