Protecting yourself from harmful UV rays

Summer is in full swing and that means lots of pool and lake time.

With that often comes the dreaded, painful sunburns.

However, there are ways to help prevent them. Wearing sunscreen is of course one way to do so. But which one do you pick? The sunscreen aisle at stores seem to be getting bigger and bigger each year.

The American Academy of Medicine recommends choosing a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher.

If you do get sunburned, you can usually treat it at home by applying cool compresses such as aloe.

â??You don't need to see your physician unless you become severely burned as in blisters over a large part of your body. And also if you scratch and it opens, you have infection in those areas then you would need to go see your medical home provider. And you need to keep yourself very hydrated because being burned can dehydrate you so drink plenty of fluids,â?? said Lynelle Diers, Wapello County Public Health Clinical Director.

Diers said even on cloudy days it is still very important to wear sunscreen, as you can still catch UV rays.