Top Reasons for Urgent Care Visits in the Summer and How to Prevent Them: Part 2
Summer is filled with fun and adventure. Unfortunately for many of us, it also is a time prone to accidents and injuries that may send us straight from an outing to PrimeCare Urgent Care. Don’t be one of the five million people to visit urgent care this year. Instead, learn how to prevent these common summertime injuries.
Who doesn’t love to spend time outdoors when the sun is shining and the temperatures are on the rise? The trouble is, the heat and sun we love so much can become dangerous under certain circumstances. From mild dehydration to heat stroke and severe sunburn, heat-related injuries increase during the summer months, leaving many people sitting in the waiting room of their local urgent care. To avoid disrupting your fun day in the sun remember to:
- Drink plenty of water. Remember, as temperatures increase, so does the need for hydration. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty — drink often.
- Get out of the direct sun. Even when at the beach, take some time to get out of the sun and into some shade, especially during the hours of noon and four pm.
- Leave physical activity for mornings and evenings.
- Use plenty of sunscreen (and reapply often). Sunburn isn’t just painful and annoying; it can be dangerous!
- Take plenty of breaks. Whether you are enjoying a game of kickball in the park, swimming at the beach, or mowing the lawn at home, it is important to take regular breaks to avoid overdoing it in the hot weather.
First Aid Techniques
As the weather warms, most people tend to indulge in more physical activity. This can leave them prone to more injuries. Stay safe this summer by following these important tips:
- Stretch. If it’s been awhile since you’ve hiked, biked or even played a game of tennis, be sure to stretch and warm up to avoid pulling a muscle (or worse!).
- If an injury does occur, be sure to ice, compress and elevate the area.
- Keep plenty of antibacterial ointment on hand. No matter how small the cut, the best way to avoid infection is to keep it clean and bandaged.
Drowning is the second most common cause of accidental injury amongst children ages one through four, with the vast majority of drowning deaths occurring in swimming pools with adults nearby. Keep your children safe by:
Keeping them well supervised. It can seem impossible for a child to drown amongst a group of adults, but it happens more often than you might think. The fact is, the more people in the swimming area, the less anyone pays attention since it seems like it is safe. The best way to combat this problem is to take turns watching children in water areas. By having one “lifeguard” on duty, everyone can feel safer.
Recognize the signs of dry drowning. When you think of drowning, you imagine someone going under and not coming back up. That isn’t always the case. Dry drowning occurs when someone ingests too much water in their lungs after being submerged. It can take up to an hour for trouble to ensue. Here are the signs of dry drowning: prolonged coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing, tiredness and crankiness.
Of course, drowning isn’t the only water-related injury to watch out for this summer. Here are a few others:
Waterborne illnesses. Bacteria and chemicals in the water can also make you sick. Avoid these issues by swimming only in approved areas and avoiding swallowing pool, creek, pond or ocean water.
Bites and cuts. When swimming in the ocean, avoid jellyfish as much as possible and wear water shoes to keep your feet safe from cuts and bruises.
Seeking Medical Help
No one wants to interrupt a fun day outing with a trip to see the doctor. Unfortunately, sometimes that is exactly what is necessary. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to spend the entire day in the emergency room of your local hospital. PrimeCare Urgent Care is a wonderful option, giving you the top-notch medical treatment you need in a fast and easy-to-use environment. If you sustain a summertime ailment, come see us, we can help!