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Doctors stress the importance of sun protection

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As the sun beats down during this heatwave, doctors are concerned about skin safety. (WFSB) As the sun beats down during this heatwave, doctors are concerned about skin safety. (WFSB)
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As the sun beats down during this heatwave, doctors are concerned about skin safety.

While many know sunblock is a must, there are other factors that can bring on what’s known as sun poisoning.

On Tuesday, the sixth day of our heatwave, many children sought refuge at Brownstone Park in Portland.

“It’s a habit we really have to get into. I want to make sure that later in life they don’t get skin damage,” said mom Chris Baumgarten, who made sure her daughters were applying sunscreen.

Liesel Baumgarten suffered from a severe case of sunburn a few years ago and learned her lesson.

“It just hurt, it peeled later and it just wasn’t fun,” Liesel Baumgarten said.

Having to apply a cold compress, doctors say what Liesel experienced was similar to sun poisoning, an extreme case of sunburn, where the skin can blister and swell.

Max Barreuther has worked at the park for five years and he’s seen it all. He said the conditions are ripe for extreme sunburns during a heat wave.

“Especially when they’re in the water, it’s cool out, not too hot, they don’t even feel it coming on, but people definitely get burned through the water,” Barreuther said.

Sunblock is key, but on a day like Tuesday, even prescriptions can bring on heat problems.

Doctors say some acne medications, antibiotics, heart drugs, and even birth control can make skin more sensitive, so labels should be read carefully.

There is a difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Doctors say exhaustion usually comes first and you just feel sick.

Those same symptoms are magnified in a heat stroke situation, but a fast beating heart is a tell-tale sign…both happen when a body is dehydrated.

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