Summer is a time to relax and spend time with loved ones. It is also a time to be cautious of surprising summer hazards. While you should have fun this season, make sure you’re aware of the following health dangers!
Recreational water illnesses: This is found in public swimming areas that contain bacteria, which cause skin, ear, gastrointestinal, respiratory, neurologic, eye, and wound infections. Most common sickness: diarrhea from swallowing pool water.
Beware of the mower: Flying rocks, dangerous blades, and flammable gasoline means: BE CAUTIOUS! Wear close-toed shoes, use goggles or sunglasses, gloves, and long pants for that flying debris. Keep children away from the lawnmower, and if it can’t be done properly, hire a professional.
Boat trauma: Boating accidents happen during the summer so: DON’T DRINK AND BOAT. Lifejackets are a must. Carefully handle the boat and stay hydrated. Lastly, someone on the boat, if not more than one, should know CPR.
Sunburn: An overcast day doesn’t mean you’re sunburn-exempt; in fact, you can get a serious burn without proper sunscreen. Always lather yourself with sunscreen and repeat every 2-3 hours.
Breathable clothes: Heat rash is caused by blocked sweat ducts. It appears as tiny bumps in the folds of skin or where your clothes chafe against your body. Try using breathable cotton clothing, avoid those heavy creams and oils, and if you get heat rash: stay dry, apply a cold compress, and use hydrocortisone cream.
Know your leaves: Poison oak grows almost exclusively in California. It usually grows in three leaflets and can be green or red.
Swimmer’s ear: Water can get stuck in your ear while swimming, which makes your ear canal a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause swimmer’s ear. Dry your ears first!
Dehydration: If you find yourself parched, you have been dehydrated for a while. Even worse, if you feel dizzy and lightheaded with cottonmouth, chances are that you haven’t been taking in enough fluids to replace the ones you are sweating out. Heatstroke is the most severe case of dehydration and needs immediate medical attention. Drink water like it’s going out of style!
Food poisoning: Remember that anything containing mayo, dairy, eggs, or meat products can develop dangerous bacteria after only a couple of hours if left unrefrigerated. W