Summer skin care concerns are dramatically different than cold weather problems! So, I will begin to discuss the common things that BUG us in hot weather. Let’s start with insect bites. Future blogs will cover sun protection, poison ivy and common skin infections.
How do you know it’s a bite that’s bugging you? There are several tips. The first clue is that you have several very similar small red round bumps present on your skin. These are usually clustered. They often have a central punctum or a tiny crust. They are always very itchy and are mostly on exposed skin.
How should I treat bug bites? Prescription topical corticosteroids turn off the itch in 24 hours, and the bite is gone in 48 hours. Lidex gel is my favorite, used twice daily on the bites. Also avoid heat, which makes anything itchy worse. Cooling menthol or other anti-itch lotions can give temporary relief too.
How should I prevent insect bites? Avoiding their habitat is the best policy! If you can’t do this, use clothing to cover up. Repellants are available, like “Off” spray, but there are eco-friendly ones that work well too—look in the Kid’s section of your department store. Finally, you may wish to try Thiamine, a B vitamin, taken orally every day can discourage the bugs from biting you.
COMING SOON: What can I do to protect from the powerful summer sun?
Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50 is a very popular effective block from EPIONCE. It is great for everyday use, or can be used for outings. Use on face, neck and backs of hands and wrists is especially important to prevent aging changes as well as sunburn.
We will explore this subject in more depth in my next BLOG. You can call 866-374-6623 to order EPIONCE PRODUCTS. TELL THEM YOU FOLLOW DR SMITH, AND THEY WILL GIVE YOU FREE SHIPPING!
Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatology
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