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With the increase in temperatures and the sun's rays reaching the Earth's surface at steeper angles during spring and summer months, there is an increase in skin diseases. The opening of the sea and pool season also leads to an increase in skin diseases such as sunburns and fungal infections. The most common skin diseases we encounter during these months are sunburns, allergic reactions, bacterial and fungal infections, sunspots, heat rash, and dry skin.


Sunburns and sunspots can occur much more easily in people with fair skin. Those with darker skin tones are relatively more resistant. Sun allergy is another condition that can make life quite difficult for those affected during the summer months. In such cases, sunscreen creams must be reapplied every 2-3 hours during the day.


Pools pose a risk in terms of bacterial and fungal infections. It's important to avoid walking barefoot around pool edges. Additionally, for genital infections, swimsuits should be changed immediately after leaving the sea or pool.


Dry skin is also one of the common skin problems we encounter during summer. After swimming in the sea, it is necessary to take a shower and reapply sunscreen cream. Itching, redness, and skin rashes may occur due to skin dryness. Therefore, moisturizing our skin with an appropriate moisturizer is also important.


The most important thing to consider in protecting ourselves from these diseases in summer is to use sunscreen creams with a high protection factor and from reliable brands. Sunscreen creams should be used not only when going into the sea or pool but also during all outdoor activities during daylight hours. Another mistake we often make is thinking that sunscreen creams protect us all day long. However, no sunscreen can protect us all day, so these creams must be reapplied every 2-3 hours during the day.


Eda Pınarbaşılı M.D.


Anatolia Hospital Antalya