Morrow Family Medicine June 2016 Newsletter
Don't Let a Mishap Spoil Your Summer Fun!

We love Summer!
Do you remember the joy of racing out from school the last day to the freedom of the hot Georgia summer? Spending all day at the swimming pool, evenings spent catching lightning bugs (fireflies for our northern friends) and living off a diet of popsicles and watermelon. Yet, more than one person's summer fun has been stopped short because of a mishap needing medical attention.
To Keep Your Water Cannons Blasting Here Are Some Tips on Summer Safety
Do Not Forget the Sunscreen!
Nothing is more miserable than getting a sunburn. Not only is it painful and kicks you out of the summer fun, but it can also be a serious medical concern. Everyone needs sunscreen, no matter what skin type, ethnicity or age you are. Make sure to apply sunscreen before heading out into the sun. You should use at least one ounce of a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 or higher. Choose a sunscreen that is Water Resistant and reapply often as sweat and water will diminish it.
Avoid the hours when the sun is at its strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. whenever possible. Last, do not forget the sunglasses (99% UVA/UVB rays) and lip balm (SPF 15 or higher) to protect those sensitive areas.
In the event that you do get a sunburn, treat it quickly by cooling it down with a cool shower. Using Aloe Vera gel or a 1% cortisone cream can help ease some of the stinging discomfort. Take an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin to help with the pain as needed. Be sure to drink plenty of water to restore any fluid loss.
* See a Doctor if you experience blistering. Do not "pop" OR scratch the blisters to avoid infection in the area.
Slow Down
Summer is an active time both for traveling by car and pedestrian activities. When driving be cognizant of children playing close to streets. Be an alert and defensive driver when traveling on crowded holiday weeks such as Fourth of July and Labor Day.
When walking or playing outside be watchful for cars, landscapes  and other obstacles that can cause falls or injuries. Remember to always watch children carefully at parks and playgrounds. Avoid these areas in the heat of the day when playground equipment can heat up to as hot as 170 degrees.
Practice Water Safety
Water Safety at the Beach
Water Safety at the Beach
Pools and water areas are a wonderful way to combine fun and exercise. But the keyword is safety. Make sure to supervise children at all times. Children and unskilled swimmers should always have floatation help in the way of a Coast Guard Certified life-jacket.
If taking a picnic day by the water, also be observant when using a grill or bonfire. Summer burns are prominent this time of year. Also, do not forget to practice extreme safety with fireworks.
Watch for Insects
Insect stings are a significant cause of allergic reactions. Being outside means sharing territory with wasps, hornets and a Georgia favorite...the fire ants. Always wear some kind footwear. Avoid fragrances that may attract insects. Be sure to always throw away trash when in picnic areas.
When hiking, use a 20% or higher DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) insect repellent. Check for ticks when stopping for the day or before showering.
See a Doctor When Stings or Bites Result In:
  • Trouble Breathing (wheezing, trouble swallowing, respiratory distress, etc.)
  • Hives (Red, itching rash that can encompass tiny pimple-like bumps)
  • Swelling of the face, throat or mouth
  • Dizziness or Change in Pulse Rate


Kid jumping from boat
While safety may not be at the top of your summer fun list, taking a few precautions can help you and your family to enjoy those wonderful Georgia days of freedom. However, if you do have a summer mishap, the Morrow Family Medicine team is always here for you...and your jar full of lightning bugs.
For more information, contact us at:  or call us at: 770-781-8004.
Morrow Family Medicine is now available to see you at two locations:
Cumming - 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 200, C umming, Georgia 30041
Milton - 12970 Highway 9, Milton, Georgia 30004
We are committed to your health and well-being. We utilize state of the art technology and old fashioned attitudes to care for all our patients.
Take good care of yourself. Book an appointment for medical care at Morrow Family Medicine at the first sign of any health problem. To learn more about us visit Morrow Family Medicine's LinkedIn page. Morrow Family is the proud recipient of the Best of Forsyth award for 2015 and 2016.

The Morrow Family Medicine team would like to share our support of the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club's " Flags For Education" club fundraiser. Sales will help the Forsyth BYOT Benefit as well. Please consider sponsoring their initiative.

Communication is the Key

Our job is to take care of you and yours to the best of our ability. The key to being able to perform at that level is communication between doctor and patient. At Morrow Family Medicine, we work to keep the lines of communication open at all times.
Toward that goal, we offer a walk-in time from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. weekdays. In addition, our policy is to make ourselves available for sick patients on the day they call, not waiting for an open appointment on some future date. After hours, we are available at all times for any true emergency that might arise. Of course, always call 911 for any life-threatening emergencies.
About Dr. Morrow

Dr. James Morrow was the first physician to practice on the Northside Hospital Forsyth campus in Cumming, Georgia. Dr. Morrow's special areas of interest in medicine are sports medicine, episodic care (care of acute problems and illnesses), geriatrics, chronic disease management and urgent care. He has served as team doctor for various high schools in his many years of practice and currently is the team physician at North Forsyth High School in Cumming.

Dr. Morrow serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Health Information Exchange (GHIE) and is a member of the Advisory Board for Health for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG-Health). In 2014, Dr. Morrow was awarded the Steve Bloom Award by the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce as Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Phoenix Award from the Metro Atlanta Chamber as Community Leader of the Year. Morrow Family Medicine was also voted the "Best of Forsyth" in the Family Medicine category in both 2015 and 2016.

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