RENO, NV - High UV levels for the Reno area have dermatologists urging people to take precautions. The UV level for Wednesday was considered unusually high.
Dr. Billie Casse of Nevada Center for Dermatology said avoiding the sun during peak hours is important. If you can't avoid the sun, use at least SPF thirty sunscreen, she said. She also said to look for sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection.
For a day at the beach, "the amount of sunscreen you should have on, on any one day, is actually the amount you can fill a shot glass," she said. Re-apply the sunscreen every two hours, she added.
Casse also said to wear sunglasses as melanoma can happen on the eyes. Long sleeves and a hat are also advised.
Casse said ozone depletion is likely the reason the UV is unusually high.