Thursday December 13, 2018
Talk to your
Kelvin Lim Pharmacist
4 Moxham Avenue, Hataitai, Ph: 386-1647
Tara, Verina-Mary, Ray, Shahlaa, and Yousr Opening Hours Mon - Fri 8.30am-6pm | Tues 9am-6pm Sat 9.30am-12.30pm
139 Riddiford St, Newtown. Ph 389-4600 Fax: 389-4655
Linda Choie, Alana Pretoria, Androulla Kotrotsos (owner) and Victoria Pickering.
Pharmacy Kilbirnie (Formerly Baycourt Pharmacy)
26 Bay Road, Kilbirnie Ph: 387-3939 • Fax: 387-3935 Parking at the rear in Kilbinie Plaza
SUN SAFETY AND SKIN CANCER Summer is a great time of year when we can all really enjoy the sun and the time spent outdoors. However if we are not careful the sun can be harmful and the ultraviolet radiation can burn the skin, age it prematurely damage our eyes and cause skin cancer. Levels of skin cancer in New Zealand are among the highest in the world and we all need to protect our skin when we are exposed to the sun. Skin cancer can affect people with fair skin as well as those with darker skin. People who have had a skin cancer before, have an increased risk of developing other skin cancers and those people with a family history of skin cancer also have increased risk of getting skin cancer. Being sunburnt often and being severely sunburnt can increase your risks of getting skin cancer, but the majority of skin cancer can be prevented by sun protection. Skin cancers can be detected early by regular self skin examination that you can do and also skin checks by a trained health practitioner. Look out for any new growths, changes in size and shape or if you are at all concerned, then get it checked out by a health professional without delay. There are a number of things that we can do for sun safety and skin protection when we go out into the sun. Slip slop, slap and wrap reminds us to slip on a long sleeved shirt, trousers or skirt or slip into the shade, slop on plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30, slap on a wide brimmed hat or cap with flaps and wrap on those sunglasses to protect your eyes.
The time of day that we are out in the sun makes a big difference to the amount of UV exposure we get as well. Try and spend time in the sun in the early morning or later in the afternoon when the UV radiation levels are lower. The UV index lets you know the UV exposure so it helps you to avoid harmful exposure to UV radiation and can be found at the following sites: https://www.sunsmart.org.nz/sun-protection-alert https://www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/ online-services/uv-and-ozone/forecasts and https://www.niwa.co.nz/node/111461 If you need to be out in the sun when the UVI is 3 and higher then do practice being sun smart and use all the SunSmart steps. There are many different sunscreens that are available to be purchased from your pharmacy and it can be difficult to know what to choose. Options available include lotions and aerosols and they all need to be applied as instructed to get sun protection. Broadspectrum sunscreens are active against both UVA and UVB radiation and it is recommended to use these as well as sunscreens that are at least SPF30. Talk to your Self Care pharmacist for a recommendation that’s going to be right for you, especially if you have sensitive skin. How much sunscreen do I need to use? Self Care Pharmacists recommend at least one teaspoon for each arm and leg and half a teaspoon for your face, nose, ears and neck. More people get sunburned on their face and neck than any other part of the body, so apply well in these areas and don’t forget
the ears! Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply often (every 2 hours). This needs to be done even if it isn’t sunny, as the sunscreen gets worn off, or rubbed off and comes off after swimming. Look after your sunscreens. Just like our skin, sunscreens ‘age’ in the sun and heat, and their UV-protecting properties can be destroyed. So don’t leave them in the sun, or in the car’s glove box for too long. Also, don’t keep them past their ‘use by’ dates as they do lose their effectiveness. Sometimes you might be prescribed medication that can cause you to be more sensitive to the sun than you usually would be. This photosensitivity can result in intense sunburn with redness, pain and skin peeling. Photosensitivity does depend on the dose of the drug as well as the amount of sun exposure, so if these are at a minimum then the photosensitivity may not occur. However, if the photosensitivity does occur and is severe it may be necessary to stop or change the drug. Drugs that can cause photosensitivity reactions include some common antibiotics, such as tetracycline, doxycycline, some diuretics, and some anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and diclofenac Talk to your Self Care pharmacist to find out more information on these drugs which you may have been prescribed. They can also give you a Self Care fact card on Sun Safety and Skin Cancer to help you be SunSmart and enjoy the sun safely.
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Melanie- B Pharm MPS
Kim, Phil, Sarah, Casey, Simon, Harry and Monique.
Unichem Cuba Mall Open 7 days
122 Cuba Mall • P: 384 6856 • F: 382 9180
Mon - Fri 8.30am-5pm
Unichem Courtenay Place Pharmacy
33 Rintoul Street, Newtown
Open: Mon - Sat
100 Courtenay Place • P: 384 8333 • F: 385 6863
Ph 04-380-0818 Fax: 04-380-0828
KILBIRNIE PHARMACY Caring for you & your family
504 Broadway, Strathmore
On Bay Road, Ph: 387 9254
Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30-6.00pm & Sat 9am-1pm
Ph: 388-6593 Fax: 388-6594
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