By Megan PeeblesPublished Mar 07, 2019 08:53:54As we head into summer, many of us are starting to think about our bathing habits, and while we can definitely choose to stay indoors or get some exercise, it's important to keep in mind that sun bathing is no substitute for having a bath.And that's the case for most people.As the title says, sun bathing has been around for centuries, but until now, l...
A high-profile Sunspot Alert has raised concerns about the health risks of sunbathing, with experts warning the sun could damage the health of the brain and heart.
Key points:The Sunspot Watch will help Australians avoid the sun’s harmful rays in August and SeptemberWhen the sun rises and sets, the risk of sunburn increases Sunburn can cause a range of conditions, including skin irritation, skin inflammation and kidney damage, according to the SunSpot Watch.
The alert was created in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak in Australia in which coronaviruses are linked to the emergence of new cases.
The risk of developing skin irritation from sunburn is also increased when the sun is hot and can lead to a burn or blisters.
Sunburn can also lead to skin inflammation, leading to the formation of skin abscesses, according the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
The AMA’s chief executive, Dr David Hickey, said the SunWatch showed that “in some people, the sun can actually damage your brain”.
“It can cause serious damage, and there is evidence that the sun might have an effect on the brain itself,” Dr Hickey said.
“It’s a real risk that you might not be aware of and it’s a very real concern.”
Dr Hickey warned that sun exposure was the single biggest risk factor for developing skin irritations, and that it was the only time that the AMA would endorse a sunscreen.
“We strongly advise against sunburn,” he said.
“It is a very serious risk.
It’s very, very bad.”
The SunWatch is a voluntary network of experts, including academics, dermatologists, optometrists and others.
If you’re thinking about sunbatting this summer, you might want to consider following the SunspotWatch’s advice.