Summer health myths | Health
Experts give us the truth on three summer health myths.
Myth: Sparklers are a safe alternative to fireworks.
Truth: They're not. More than a quarter of all fireworks related injuries treated in U.S. ER's in 2006 involved sparklers and other "novelty" fireworks, according to a study by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Two-thirds of sparkler related injuries were in children 5 years of age and younger.
Myth: A t-shirt over a bathing suit blocks out the sun.
Truth: A white t-shirt has an SPF of about 3. So bring on the waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and reapply after swimming.
Myth: Poison ivy rashes are contagious.
Truth: Its the oil from the plant that causes the red, itchy rash; once you wash it off, you're not contagious. So always have kids wash arms, legs and feet with soap and water after they play in the woods or bushes.