Protect Your Skin this Summer!

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Summer is here! Not only does this mean more outdoor activities but also more exposure to the sun. The sun produces ultraviolet (UV) radiation which can lead to sunburn, skin aging, and skin cancer, the most common type of cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your family protected in the summer sun.

Which sunscreen do I choose?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen with:

  • Sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher
  • Broad-spectrum protection against UV rays
  • Water resistance

How do I apply sunscreen?

  • Apply sunscreen first if going to wear insect repellent or make-up.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes to sun-exposed skin before sun exposure and reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours.
  • Reapply sunscreen more often when swimming or sweating even with sunscreens labeled as “water resistant” or “very water resistant.”
  • The “teaspoonful rule” is the application of 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to the face and neck, 2 teaspoons to the front and back torso, 1 teaspoon to each upper extremity, and 2 teaspoons to each lower extremity.

What else can I do to protect my skin?

  • Wear sun-protective clothing, such as dark colors, long-sleeve shirts, long pants, hats and sunglasses.
  • Avoid sun exposure or seek shade between 10 AM and 4 PM when the UV light is the strongest.
  • Check the expiration date of the sunscreen.
  • Avoid tanning beds.


Have a safe and fun summer!

Ever wondered what to do with the information on your prescription bottle?

Look no further.

A lot of information about your medication comes on every prescription bottle label — information that will ensure your medications are safe and effective. Every time you pick up a prescription at the pharmacy, you should read over the label to make sure you have the correct medication and understand all the directions.

Every pharmacy does their labels a little differently, but the information is all the same. Here’s what you need to know about your prescription label.

The label should show your name prominently. Pharmacy errors can occur, so be sure you received your medication, and not someone else’s.

Pay close attention to the instructions on the label, and only take the medication as directed by the label. If you’re concerned about the instructions, ask the pharmacist to clarify or call the Tria Help Desk to speak with a pharmacist.

You’ll continue to take some medications even after the medicine in the bottle runs out. When this occurs you will need refills to continue the medication.

Pharmacy name and phone number  
If you need to speak with your retail pharmacist, this is the number to call. They can answer questions, make recommendations and help with getting your medication refilled. They can also help with contacting your doctor’s office when your prescription runs out.

Prescription number  
Every prescription has a number that identifies the patient and the medication within the pharmacy’s system. When requesting refills, or speaking to the pharmacy staff about your medication, be sure and have this number available to expedite the process.

Verify that the bottle contains the drug your doctor said you would be taking.  Prescription labels always include a description of the shape and color of the medicine.

Expiration date  
Prescriptions written by the doctor are only valid for a certain length of time before they expire. Expiration dates are set by each state’s Board of Pharmacy, and they vary for different medications. Be sure and look at the label for this date, once the prescription is expired, the medication is no longer guaranteed to be safe, and all refills will be void.

Discard date  
On the label will be a discard date for your medication. After the date listed on the label the medication should be discarded in an appropriate manner, and not taken by any person. Some medication will cause harm if they are taken past their expiration date, so always be sure your medication is not expired prior to taking.

(Written by Tria Health Pharmacy Student Intern Seth Alley, Pharm.D. Candidate at the UMKC School of Pharmacy)