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SAFE AND SENSIBLE FUN IN THE SUMMER SUN

 SAFE AND SENSIBLE FUN IN THE SUMMER SUN
 TWINSBURG, Ohio, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- June is the official start


of the summer season, which means picnics, swimming, beaches and all kinds of fun in the sun! But, as many of us now know, too much sun can be dangerous. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause great damage to the skin with sunburn, premature aging, wrinkling and, most severely, skin cancer.
 However, the hazards of sun exposure can be alleviated with a few common-sense measures to protect yourself from the harmful rays. Pharmacists at Revco Drug Stores note, for instance:
 -- If you plan to be outdoors, the best times for activities in the sun are in the early morning or late afternoon (the sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
 -- When out in the sun, wear a hat, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and choose tightly woven materials for added protection from the sun's rays.
 -- Shade does not guarantee protection from sunburn. Beware of reflective surfaces such as sand, concrete and water, which can reflect more than half the sun's rays onto your skin.
 -- An increased sensitivity to sun exposure (photosensitivity) is a
possible side effect of certain medications. Consult your pharmacist or your physician before going out in the sun if you're on medication, because you may need to take extra precautions.
 Two types of photosensitivity are generally associated with the side effects of certain medications:
 Photoallergy is a relatively uncommon condition, when a drug causes an allergic reaction of the skin to sunlight. This reaction is not related to the dose of medicine taken. It is characterized by hives, blisters and sunburn. Photoallergy is usually seen after at least one prior exposure to the involved medication.
 Phototoxicity is a more common condition, whereby a drug causes a non-allergic reaction of the skin to sunlight. Phototoxicity is often seen upon the first exposure to a medication. It is dose-related and is most likely to appear as a sunburn.
 Some drugs that have a definite tendency to cause photosensitive reactions include antibiotics, such as tetracycline, and birth control pills. Keep in mind that phototoxic reactions are not limited to drugs. They may be triggered by cosmetics and soaps as well. Ask your pharmacist for further information.
 Enjoying the sunshine--safely
 Pharmacists at Revco Drug Stores want to remind you of some useful sunscreen tips:
 -- Apply a sunscreen before going out in the sun and reapply it liberally every two hours as long as you're in the sun, or right after swimming or perspiring heavily, to ensure its sun protection factor (SPF).
 -- Always use a sunscreen during high-altitude activities such as skiing or mountain climbing, because there is less atmosphere to absorb the sun's rays and your risk of burning is greater.
 -- Use your sunscreen on overcast days too. The sun's rays can be just as damaging on cloudy, hazy days as they are on clear, sunny ones.
 -- Individuals at high risk for skin cancer (outdoor workers, fair-skinned people and people who've had skin cancer) should use a sunscreen every day.
 -- Parents: Keep infants out of the sun (although a sunscreen can be used at six months with moderate sun exposure), and teach your children sun protection early. Sun damage occurs with each unprotected exposure and builds over the course of a lifetime.
 Most sunscreens are available on your nearest drugstore shelves. They are commonly rated by number according to their SPF. The SPF number is based on the amount of time it takes to get a mild sunburn while using the product. The numbers generally range from 2 to 15 and higher.
 Sunscreens with SPF numbers of 15 and higher are recommended for fair-skinned people who burn easily and never tan, while darker- skinned people who rarely burn are recommended a sunscreen of at least SPF 2 or 3.
 If you are sunburned, there are steps you can take to minimize discomfort and speed healing:
 -- Apply cool tap-water compresses for 20 minutes several times a day.
 -- Apply lubricating creams and ointments for soothing relief. These are available at your nearest drugstore; ask your pharmacist for assistance.
 -- In cases of severe sunburn, consult a physician immediately.
 Have fun in the summer sun, but be sensible--for your skin's sake.
 Revco is a privately held company based in Twinsburg, Ohio, with annual sales of $2.0 billion. Revco fills more than 46 million prescriptions a year, and operates approximately 1,150 drug stores in nine contiguous eastern states.
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 /CONTACT: Anita Fenrich of Revco D.S., Inc., 216-425-9811, ext. 2413/ CO: Revco D.S., Inc. ST: Ohio IN: REA SU:


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