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Don’t Let These Health Hazards Ruin Your Summer

Westland Michigan Summer Illness Medical Center

It’s the time of the year for garden parties, outdoor barbecues, beach trips, and extended vacations, but our bodies don’t always cooperate with us when we want to have a good time. To anyone who has ever had an allergy attack in the middle of a beach party, know that you are not the only one who has had to suffer through the frustration.

What kind of injuries and illnesses are common when the heat goes up? Here are the top ranking cases recorded in almost any hospital’s emergency room. Read on to know how you can prevent yourself or your loved ones from suffering the same ill fate. If you are having difficulties with your health this summer contact Apex Medical Center to schedule an appointment. We are currently accepting new clients and walk-ins are welcome.

#1 – Dehydration and Heat Stroke

It’s always so easy to neglect your thirst when you’re in the middle of having a good time. However, your body cannot continue as long as you want to when you are on the verge of dehydration. With dehydration comes dizziness or lightheadedness, and a condition known as “cotton mouth,” which happens when your mouth feels very dry.

Dehydration simply means that your body has not taken in enough fluids to replace everything that you have been sweating out. Heat stroke is the most severe form of dehydration, and your body’s temperature becomes so hot that you stop sweating altogether. Someone with heat stroke may suffer from intense discomfort that could lead to fainting. Some report to have hallucinations, while some even suffer seizures.

So drink up—and we don’t mean alcohol because that will make you sweat even more. Bring a water bottle wherever you go and take breaks in shaded areas when you are busy outdoors.

#2 – Sunburn

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: wear sunscreen. However, it still remains to be such a common thing for people to conveniently forget to lather on some sun protection. And if sunblock is not your thing—because, admittedly, not all brands are safe for your skin—you can choose to go out under the sun in long-sleeved shirts and light, cotton pants. Or always wear a hat.

In the case of sunburn, you can soak the burned area in cool water and take a pain reliever such as acetaminophen. Once the itching starts, you can put an antihistamine cream on the affected area to help with the inflammation. For regular treatment of sunburn, antibiotic creams or lotions with aloe vera act as very good moisturizers with additional soothing properties.

And yes, wear sunscreen. Just make sure it does not contain oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate, which are harmful to the skin when exposed to the sun.

#3 – Food Poisoning

Summer is the season for parties and leftovers. What a lot of people don’t practice is the proper storage of leftover food, which often leads to digestive discomfort, diarrhea and food poisoning. One rule of thumb is that anything with dairy, mayonnaise or eggs will spoil easily, so it would be best to keep these things refrigerated. Better yet, consume the dishes on the day they were made.

However, if there really is too much food left over, you don’t want them to just turn to spoilage. So if you are packing away food for later, follow these simple tips:

  • Clean everything that the food will touch, from your hands to your kitchen counter.
  • Separate raw meat from other items. Wrap them securely with cling wrap.
  • Keep everything refrigerated and follow the “last in, first out” rule. Or just make sure that whatever you will be eating first will be within easy reach.

If you or anyone you know are suffering from any of these health hazards, let our friendly and professional staff at Apex Medical Center have a look. We have a specialized team that can handle a wide range of cases, whether it’s as common as summer health hazards or the more extreme freak accidents, like boating and mowing injuries. Call us at 734-629-8971 today to schedule an appointment.

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