Is it a myth or rule to live by?
Local doctor dispels some summer myths Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Summer is the time for fun in the sun and there some safety "rules" that many of us follow this time of the year.
Action News checked with a local doctor to see if some of those rules are real or just myths.
These are rules that our moms told us when we were growing up and it turns out that mom wasn't always right.
For example -- eating a watermelon seed is not going to make you sick. Doctors say the seeds will not sprout in your body. That is just a myth.
So is the idea that tanning one time in a bed will protect your skin from the sun's rays. If anything, it puts you more at risk for skin cancer.
Here is another one. Going in and out of air conditioning WILL NOT cause you to catch a cold. Only viruses cause colds.
As for waiting 30 minutes after you eat to go back into the pool. Well, that depends.
"The digestive process requires blood flow to the stomach and if you distract your stomach by exercising and leading the blood flow to the muscles instead of the stomach, you might get some stomach cramps," says Dr. John Dooley from Foxhall Internists.
Doctors say that the best advice for a safe summer is to just use common sense.