Grundy County Memorial Hospital | Live Well | Spring 2022

Protect the whole family from the sun Young or old. Wrinkled or smooth. Freckled or plain. No matter what condition their skin is in, all members of your family need sun protection. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause sunburns, lead to future wrinkles and raise the risk for skin cancer. Here are some tips from Dermatology Specialist Angela Buttjer, PA-C, who sees patients weekly in the Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) Specialty Clinic. 1 Use plenty of sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply it to exposed skin about 15 minutes before you head outside, and reapply it at least every two hours. Check with your child’s doctor before putting sunscreen on a baby younger than 6 months old. Keeping skin covered with rash guards, or swimwear with sleeves, is a great way to protect babies and children from the sun as well. 2 Consider a supplement. Nicotinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and has been shown to provide sun protection, especially in older people. 3 Keep eyes under wraps. UV light can damage eyes and increase the chance of cataracts developing later in life. The corneas can also get a sort of sunburn—a temporary but painful condition. Make sure everyone in the family, including kids, has a pair of sunglasses that block 100% of UV light. 4 Avoid the most intense sun (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) when possible. It’s not realistic to stay indoors and out of the sun all day, but you can minimize exposure by wearing long sleeves, long pants and a wide-brimmed hat. Seek shade when possible. Angela sees patients on Thursdays in the GCMH Specialty Clinic. Call 800-245-6246 to schedule an appointment today for all your dermatology needs! Specialty Clinic Visiting Specialists Audiology Seema Arab Wilson, AuD Cardiology and Echocardiogram Kalyana Sundaram, MD Kari Haislet, DNP Abbie Schrader, ARNP Dermatology Angela Buttjer, PA-C Diabetes & Endocrinology Deb Van Dyke, DNP, ARNP Ear Nose & Throat/Skin Cancer David J. Congdon, MD, MPH, FACS Karen Sadler, ARNP Gastroenterology/Hepatology Srinivas Kalala, MD Tracy Elliott, ARNP General Surgery/Colonoscopy Paul Burgett, MD, FACS Stephen Van Buren, MD, FACS Alison Wilson, MD, FACS Mental Health Clinic Megan Heise, ARNP Nephrology T. Michel Daoud, MD Vinay K. Kantamneni, MD Oncology Balil Rahim, MD Mattie Testroet, ARNP Ophthalmology/Cataract Surgery Benjamin Mason, MD Orthopedics Robert B. Bartelt, MD Podiatry Stephen Solomon, DPM GCMH Services Anti-Coagulation Ariel Loring, PharmD GCMH Orthopedics Douglas Cooper, MD Pain Management W. Keith Barnhill, PhD, ARNP, CRNA, DAAPM Sleep Disorders GCMH Sleep Service Wound Healing Mandy Vervaecke, ARNP CALL 319-824-5081 or 888-824-5081 for scheduling information. Angela Buttjer, PA-C, Dermatology Clinic 4