Stay Safe at the Beach
Outsmart beach bummers, from swimmerâs ear to jellyfish stings.
For extra protection from the sunâs rays, get a beach umbrella with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50 or higher, says Jessica Wu, MD, a Los Angelesâbased dermatologist.
One we like: the Tommy Bahama 6Â½-foot Beach Umbrella with Tilt UPF 100+ ($65; Amazon.com). Donât have a UPF-rated umbrella? Choose one made of dark, tightly woven material. âIf you can see through it, the sunâs rays can âseeâ your skin,â Dr. Wu says.
Escape strong currents
If you’re swept away, don’t make a beeline for landyou’ll exhaust yourself swimming against the current. Remain calm and swim parallel to the shore to get out of the current. Or just tread water: The current will eventually peter out.
Soothe a jellyfish sting
Seek immediate medical attention if you have any reaction beyond pain at the site of the sting, such as hives or shortness of breath.
Dry up swimmer's ear
Prevent a No-See-Um attack
If you do get nibbled, apply Benadryl cream or calamine lotion to calm the itch, Dr. Wu says. Don’t scratchyou could cause an infection.