7 secrets to staying healthy all summer long

7 secrets to staying healthy all summer long

Heat and humidity can do a number on your health. Find out how to stay cool no matter what the temperature so you can feel your best all summer long.

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Summer was made for relaxing — and soaking up some vitamin D from the sun’s rays! But too much time in warm weather can lead to such warm-weather hazards as sunburn, heat stroke, bug bites and dehydration. Use these tips to stay cool and healthy while you enjoy the season.

1. Watch the time

Plan your outdoor activities when the sun’s rays are less intense. This is usually before 10 AM and after 4 PM. Sun exposure and hot temps during the day can also lead to sunburn, heat exhaustion or, even worse, heatstroke. If you feel queasy, dizzy or overly sweaty, these are signs you’re overheating. Head indoors to a cool room.

2. Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not drinking enough fluids can lead to dehydration, which can make you feel tired or dizzy. Fruits like watermelon and peaches and veggies like cucumbers are filled with water, too. Choose them if you’re looking for a snack.

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3. Dress for the weather 

Wear light, loose-fitting cotton fabrics. It will help keep your skin cooler. Putting on sunglasses and a hat with a brim can help keep your face from getting burned, too.

4. Keep the bugs away

Remember to apply insect repellent if you’re going to be outside, especially at night. You can also cover up around grassy areas or standing water, where bugs like mosquitos are most likely to be. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants instead of shorts.

5. Pick the right SPF

Look for a sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher and says “broad-spectrum” on the label. This means it protects against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Both types of rays can cause skin cancer.

6. Apply sunscreen early and often

Put sunscreen on at least 30 minutes before going outside to let it absorb into your skin. Reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

7. Mind your medications

Some common medications can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, causing it to burn easily. These include prescription drugs like some diabetes medications and statins. Even some popular over-the-counter (OTC) remedies like ibuprofen, naproxen and many antihistamines can increase your risk of a sunburn.1  Ask your primary care provider (PCP) for more information about your medications and their side effects.

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Did you know? 

If your plan includes an OTC benefit, you can use it to get key summer safety items like sunscreen, insect repellent, itch relief cream and other approved OTC products. 

When you’re ready to use your OTC benefit, visit AetnaMedicare.com/Login to log into your secure member website. Here are some shopping options:

  • In person at participating locations. Check CVS.com/storelocator for the nearest store.
  • Online at CVS.com/otchs/myorder
  • By phone at 1-833-331-1573 (TTY: 711). Speak to a live representative. You can also order 24/7 via our automated interactive voice response (IVR) system. Please have your ID and order ready when placing your order by phone. Have your card and item numbers ready.  

Have a health question that can’t wait for your next checkup?

Call the 24/7 nurse line at 1-800-556-1555 (TTY: 711) to speak with a registered nurse.

1U.S. Pharmacist: The Pharmacist’s Resource for Clinical Excellence. These medications take the fun out of the sun. August 28, 2019. Accessed March 15, 2023.

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