Here’s What Americans Are Spending $11.2 Million On For Emergencies

Here’s What Americans Are Spending $11.2 Million On For Emergencies

$11.2 million. If you were to guess what that amount was spent on for emergencies in the United States, what do you think it would be?

To my surprise, it was for sunburns! Using data from the 2014 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) from the Healthcare Costs and Utilization project, researchers found an estimated 33,826 sunburn-associated emergency department visits, amounting to $11.2 million. What’s worse is the age group being treated - men younger than 18 years old and women aged 18 to 29 years old accounted for the most visits, and highest cost. As a Nashville dermatologist, this fact is unsurprising, but discouraging. Just recently, I  had a patient return from a vacation with a bad sunburn the necessitated treatment. She told me that because it was cloudy out,  she did not wear sunscreen. Nashville patients, please know that the sun’s rays go through clouds and even through windows!

For something that can easily be prevented, it is disappointing to see the healthcare burden and cost that comes with sunburn-associated emergency department visits. Your best bet - which you know already - is using a broad-spectrum chemical free sunscreen! Here are our top recommendations to help you prevent sunburn: 

When outdoors in direct sunlight for extended periods:

Person & Covey Solbar Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 40 - This is the most affordable option, but it’s price point does mean that it’s less elegantly formulated than the options below and will be thicker and whiter.

Elta UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 

Elta UV Spray Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

Protect your face daily with these products:

- For dry skin: Elta UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

- For normal skin: Glotherapeutics Solar Shade SPF 50

- Contains anti-aging ingredients and antioxidants

- No chemicals used, only minerals 

- For oily skin: La Roche Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral

- Water-resistant

- No chemicals used, only minerals

- Tinted: Elta UV Clear Broad Spectrum 46 Tinted

Now that summer is here, it’s imperative to protect your skin, consult with your dermatologist, and raise awareness of the dangers of sunburns to your friends and family in Nashville as much as possible. Want to stay looking young later on in life and prevent melanoma? Opt to stay in the shade, wear hats and clothing to cover up when possible, and always wear sunscreen - even on those cool and cloudy Nashville days! Many people don’t realize their risk of sunburn, but there are so many options out there to help prevent this.

If you’d like to book an appointment with a dermatologist to find out how you can best protect your skin this summer, feel free to visit any of our Skin Solutions Dermatology branches in Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, Smyrna, Hendersonville or Pulaski to chat with our amazing team of dermatology specialists! Take advantage of our online booking system and book an appointment today.

Source: JAMA Dermatology

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD