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Treatment Options To Reduce Acne Scars
The impact of acne extends beyond its physical effects. Most patients report experiencing embarrassment, diminished self-confidence, and feeling self-conscious in social or professional situations due to the appearance of outbreaks. For many people, the cosmetic and emotional effects do not end when the skin clears. Severe acne can leave lasting, often highly visible, scars. Fortunately, today’s advanced medical technology has brought us a minimally invasive and highly effective way to reduce acne scarring.

Be cautious when swimming in summer
People love to take a dip in the pool or sea during summer. However, there are a few concerns you need to address to prevent any major health issues which would keep you grounded for the rest of summer.

Swimmer’s (clam digger’s) itch – One may be afflicted with this itchy rash after swimming or wading in seas, lakes or other water bodies infested with this parasite. When these parasites dig into the skin, tiny itchy red spots, welts and/or blisters may appear. Children are especially vulnerable as they stay in warm and shallow water.

The best precaution is to stay off infested waters. There may be warning signs beside such water bodies or there may be stories about people who were recently infected at those locations. Immediately wiping the skin with a towel after getting off the water will also help.

Seabather’s eruption (pica-pica) - This itchy rash is caused by newly hatched jellyfish or sea anemones which get trapped between a swimmer’s skin and swimsuit, fins or other gear. This condition especially affects people who swim in the Caribbean Sea and off the coasts of Florida and Long Island, New York. Staying off infested waters is the best preventive method.

Swimmer’s ear – This infection occurs when water gets trapped in the ear canal. Wearing ear plugs to keep the ears dry when swimming, is recommended. One shouldn’t clean the ears with cotton swabs which can push earwax and dirt deeper into the ear canal, causing further irritation.

Sunburn - Getting sunburnt while swimming is also common, to avoid sunburn use a broad-spectrum sun protection SPF 30 or more and reapply it each time you get out of the water or every two hours whichever comes first so that you have adequate protection from sunburn.
Dr. Jeanine Downie featured on "Today show" from May 6, 2019

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