heat wave moving across parts of the U.S. may send many people
flocking to beaches for relief from the heat and humidity.
Before you grab your beach bag, make sure you pack a pair of
sandals or water shoes.
should be wearing shoes if walking on a beach, especially
internationally," says Mayo Clinic infectious diseases
specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh.
not just glass and sharp shells that can cause harm. Tosh
says, "Salt-water beaches are generally safe. However,
depending on what part of the world, walking on a beach
potentially exposes people to parasites that can burrow
through the skin." He says, "In the U.S., our
beaches are pretty safe, but there can be glass and shells
that can puncture the skin. Even though we generally donít
see the same risks of burrowing parasites as elsewhere in the
world, it is still a good idea to wear some sort of protective
shoes while walking on the beach."
you step on glass or a sharp shell? "If you get a cut, it
is important to wash it and potentially seek medical
attention," adds Tosh.
forget to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen if you spend time
outdoors. Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dr. Dawn Marie Davis says
there are immediate and long-term effects to sun exposure that
include skin damage, skin cancer and premature aging.
sun can also lead to whatís sometimes called sun fever.
Davis says, "You can get a fever from excessive sun
exposure. Stay cool, drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen and
protective clothing, and seek shade." She adds,
"Excess sun exposure triggers the immune system ó
similar to contracting an infection. This is why people feel
feverish and chilled when sunburned."