Summertime gives you plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors. While this means having a lot of fun, it can also lead to an injury or illness that you need prompt care for. Find out what some of the top reasons are for needing urgent care during summer and how you can protect yourself from these conditions.
Sunburn and Heatstroke
Severe sunburn can send you to urgent care to prevent serious skin damage, while heatstroke requires immediate care to lower your risk of potentially life-threatening conditions. When you go outside this summer, always apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Drink plenty of water, stay in the shade, wear light clothing and avoid being out during the hottest part of the day to reduce your risk of heatstroke.
Picnics and summer parties provide a chance to enjoy great food, but be careful about what you eat. Potato salad and other summer dishes can give you food poisoning if they sit outside too long. Chicken and other meats can make you sick if they’re undercooked. Always wash your hands before eating, and avoid eating foods that have been sitting out too long or haven’t been thoroughly cooked.
Allergic Reactions to Food or Insects
Stings or bites from some insects, such as bees or ants, can lead to potentially fatal allergic reactions. If you have any known allergies to bugs or certain foods, make sure that you have an epi-pen on hand. Avoid wearing perfume or bright colors that might attract bees, and be careful about the foods you eat when you go to summer gatherings.
Serious Cuts and Scrapes
Hiking, spending time at the beach and doing other outdoor activities can put you at risk of getting serious scrapes or cuts that need prompt care. You might cut your feet on shells or end up with severe scrapes from rocks. Make sure that you get urgent care if you have a serious cut or scrape so that you’ll have a lower risk of infection.
When you’re running around outside or hitting the hiking or nature trails, you can trip and sprain your ankle. In fact, ankle sprains are among the most common summer injuries. Wear sturdy shoes, and watch where you’re going whether you’re walking, running or hiking outdoors this summer.
Sports-Related or Outdoor-Related Injuries
Playing sports or spending time outdoors during summer increases your risk of being injured. You might be hit with sporting equipment, injured while playing rough contact sports or end up with a head injury from falling outdoors. If you play sports, always wear protective equipment. If you spend time in the great outdoors, be cautious when walking on rough terrain.
If you end up being sick or injured this summer, please visit us at PrimeCare Urgent Care. Our friendly and caring staff can provide you with prompt treatment so that you can enjoy the rest of the season.