Summer is here. No doubt you and your whole family are anxiously awaiting your first visit to the pool, camping trip, movie under the stars or other outdoor activity. But as you and your family get ready to create all those great new memories, you'll want to take certain precautions against the elements, bugs and other factors that can turn a great memory into a medical emergency. Here are a few things to watch out for as you get ready to enjoy the summer fun.
What to Watch Out for This Summer
Sunburns: This is a major one. Sunburns, in the short term, can be extremely painful, vacation-ruining afflictions. On top of the extreme pain, you can have blisters, infections and worse come from just a simple afternoon in the sun. In the long term, sunburns cancause certain types of skin and other cancers, so in both instances, the issue is one you'll want to avoid. Beyond that, sun damage is responsible for 90 percent of all skin aging. To keep yourself healthy, young and pain-free, a good sunscreen is recommended for your time in the sunshine. Sunscreen of at least SPF 15 is recommended, though higher SPFs may be appropriate for those with more sensitive skin.
Insects: Mosquitoes, horseflies, bees, spiders and wasps top everyone's nuisance bug list. There are more than a few ways to keep these bugs away from your outdoor activities. Getting rid of standing water in your yard and outdoor living areas will keep mosquitoes away in the long term, but a simple application of a mosquito repellent spray will protect you from them in the short term. Horseflies, bees and wasps tend to be attracted to food, especially sugary foods and open trash containers. Eliminating these will generally keep these stinging insects at bay. Also, for those with possible allergies against insect stings, an EpiPen is encouraged for emergency situations.
Water: Open water can present a very real danger
for children and those without the ability to swim - drowning. Parent supervision, along with lifeguards and life jackets, can cut down the danger, but a vigilant eye is the best defense against a drowning risk. Conversely, summer heat also brings with it the danger of dehydration. Without adequate hydration, summertime revelers are at risk of fatigue, headaches, nausea and even fainting spells. Making sure everyone has enough water to drink should be the cornerstone of planning any outdoor summer activity.
Have a Fun a Summer But, Morrow Family Medicine is Here If You Need Us!
With all the summer fun you have planned, taking precautions against these dangers is every bit as essential as lighting the grill or adding chlorine to the pool. Morrow Family Medicine wishes you and your family a safe and happy summer but we are here if you need us!