Summer round up: Our experts’ best advice

Summer round upWhether your Independence Day plans include a trip to the lake, a backyard barbecue or just relaxing at home, experts at Baylor College of Medicine have tips to ensure your long weekend is safe, healthy and fun.

Eating outdoors

Plans for dining al fresco? Our expert has tips to avoid food-borne illnesses and serving foods at the proper temperature. Don’t forget, in Texas where summer temperatures often climb over 90 degrees, food can sit out no longer than an hour before it is considered spoiled.

Nutritious, delicious eats

Some of those picnic favorites aren’t kind to your waistline. Check out our dietitian-approved recipes. Don’t miss this mayo-free potato salad and grilled shrimp and pineapple salsa recipe. Check out this skinny margarita recipe (but be careful with getting lime juice on your skin in the sun that could result in ‘margarita dermatitis’.

Fun in the sun

While it may be tempting to lay outside to get a healthy glow, experts say having just one sunburn in your life can increase the risk of skin cancer twofold. Prevention of sun damage and skin cancer is easy and your skin will thank you later.

Dr. Ida Orengo, professor of dermatology, five best practices to protect yourself from the sun.

Our doctors say there is no excuse to skipping sunscreen, especially if you are spending more time outdoors.  Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor, said that some people are concerned about a sunblock allergy.

“It is not common to be allergic to sunblock, but it can happen. Normally you would see a rash or irritated skin a day or two after you use the product,” she said. Read more.

Additional Resources

Our doctors offer tips to make sure your summer fun isn’t interrupted.

Tips for seniors to stay cool during summer months.

Protect your eyes in the summer sun.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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