Summer Skin Check-up: 5 Warning Signs

August 13, 2012

With the warm summer weather and bathing suit season in full gear, it’s a good time to take a few minutes and look over your child’s skin.  Check for rashes, new moles or birthmarks or changes in existing spots.

Here are 5 warning signs for moles or nevi that should be brought to your doctor’s attention:

 

  • A: Asymmetry — one half not looking like the other side
  • B: Border — an irregular or poorly defined border
  • C: Color — uneven; some areas can even be black, red, white or blue!
  • D: Diameter — greater than 5mm (the size of the eraser on a pencil)
  • Or any changes in size, shape or color.

Be vigilant in sunscreen use for your youngster! Just one bad sunburn before the age of 20 doubles his or her risk of melanoma. Here are some guidelines and good skin protection practices:

  • Seek shade when able; the sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm.
  • Wear protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.
  • Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Make sure to reapply–especially after swimming or sweating or toweling off–at and least every 2 hours.
  • Be extra careful around the water–it can reflect the rays from the sun and increase the risk for sunburn.
  • Always avoid tanning beds.

Get outside and enjoy the summer season! The start of school is just around the corner…

 

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