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 Exploring Health in the South Pacific – Sunburn

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The biggest health issue in the tropics is sunburn. In fact, the word for white people in Tahiti is papaa, which means sunburned skin. There is no magic for preventing sunburning in the South Pacific than in other areas. However, remember you are much closer to the equator than you probably are at home.

So begin with short exposures in the sun, followed by equal amounts of time in the shade. Avoid the sun from 1000 through 1400; and drink plenty of liquids, water is the best, to keep your pores open. Wear a tee shirt when snorkeling to protect your back, and wear sunglasses when in the sun to protect your eyes from getting cataracts.

Apply lotion (not oil) before heading to the beach, and ensure that it is at least 30 SPF. Reapply as often as needed to protect the skin from lotion washed away by water and perspiration. After returning from sunbathing, take a tepid bath or shower, not a hot one. Hot baths and showers wash away natural, healing oils. Apply Vitamin E evening cream after the bath or shower to preserve your skin. Calamine lotion, Solarcaine, and coconut oil soothe sunburned skin. Aloe vera, and bathing with vinegar prevents peeling skin. When all else fails, take in a museum for a day to give the skin a chance to rest.

Cite for September Posts: Stanley, D., South Pacific Handbook.

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Author:

Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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