Beat The Crystal Coast Heat

Avoid the summertime blues and ensure a great vacation by following these warm weather health tips to beat the Crystal Coast heat.

Change Your Jogging

Give your body time to acclimate to the change from cool to hot weather. If you’re a noontime jogger, switch to early-morning runs for about a week or cut your running time by a third to a half. Be especially alert to your body’s distress signals.

Prevent “Swimmer’s Ear”

When you feel water is trapped in your ear from swimming or shampooing your hair, place a dropper full of rubbing alcohol (or half alcohol, half white vinegar) in your ear to help dry the ear and kill the bacteria and fungi contained in the water that could cause infection. You can also use a premixed swimmer’s-ear preparation available over the counter.

A word of caution, if you already have an ear infection, have undergone ear surgery or have a perforated, ruptured, or punctured eardrum, consult your doctor before swimming or using eardrops.

Don’t Get Burned

Just one bad, blistering burn can double your risk of contracting one form of skin cancer. If you’ve had periods of excessive exposure to the sun anytime in your life, alert your doctor to watch for signs of skin cancer and:

  • Avoid sunbathing between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. when sun rays are strongest.
  • Use a good sun block with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat and jacket around the pool or at the beach.

Remember that a great way to beat the Crystal Coast heat is to plan a trip to one of the countless indoor Crystal Coast attractions, like the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores.