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It is nearly impossible to avoid the sun in south Mississippi but there are ways you can protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Explore the tips below to learn what steps you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays that can cause sunburn, cancer, and early skin aging. 


  • Seek shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are the strongest
  • Use caution around water, snow, and sand as these surfaces can reflect damaging rays


  • Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and a hat that covers the neck and ears
  • Certain colors and clothing materials block UV rays better than others 
    • Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) - how much UVA and UVB rays a fabric allows to reach your skin; the higher the UPF rating, the more protective the clothing 
    • Sun-Protective Clothing


  • Sunglasses protect your eyes and the tender skin around your eyes from UV rays during sun exposure. 


  • Use sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher and reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. 
  • Sunscreen can expire - most are good for 2-3 years unless stated otherwise; long-term exposure to heat can decrease the effectiveness

Avoid tanning beds! 


Additional Resources: 

CDC: Sun Safety

American Cancer Society: Spend Time Outside and Stay Sun-safe

American Skin Association: Sun Safety

FDA - Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses

John Hopkins Medicine: Sun Safety

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Scott Hall
118 College Drive Box #5066
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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Phone Numbers
Clinic 601.266.5390 
Pharmacy 601.266.4075

Patient Hours 

Fall and Spring Semesters
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fall and Spring Semesters
Monday - Friday:  
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Clinic & Pharmacy:
Semester Breaks & Summer 
Monday - Wednesday and Friday:
8:00 a.m. - Noon,
1 p.m - 4:30 p.m
9:00 a.m. - Noon,
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.