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  Macey Wilson   May 18, 2017   Summer, Outdoors 0 Comments

A guide to summer activity safety: 4 ways to stay safe while spending time outside this summer

Velocity Care looks at the safest ways to approach summer fun

Be ready for potential hazards that summer brings.

Summer is almost here, which means in addition to all the summer-related activities, there are hazards to contend with. Even if you or your kids are just in the backyard, there could be something harmful to your health lurking around the corner. While having fun in the sun, keep these four safety concerns in mind.

  1. Ticks.

Ticks are most common in grassy environments, especially if it’s humid. Make sure to check yourself and your children for ticks when you come inside after playing outdoors. It’s best to shower as soon as you come in, and check all over your body, especially in areas a tick could be hiding, like behind your ears and even your belly button! If you live alone, use a full-length mirror to check for ticks. Most people don’t feel a tick bite, so it’s important to wear clothes that will cover your arms and legs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a tick bite can lead to multiple diseases, such as anaplasmosis, Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

  1. Sun.

In spite of the warmth and vitamin D that the sun offers, there are also several health issues to be aware of from spending too much time in the sun, like dehydration and sunburn. Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water while out in the heat – even more than your daily recommended water intake. Cover yourself and your family with wide-brimmed hats and lightweight clothes, and don’t forget the sunscreen. It’s best to use SPF 30 or higher and reapply it every two hours. Wearing sunglasses can shield your eyes and face from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and even help you avoid wrinkles.

  1. Mosquitos.

Mosquitoes carry diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and, most recently, the Zika virus. To protect yourself and your family this summer, make sure to use bug repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. Also, remove anything with standing water in it near your home, such as birdbaths or outdoor toys. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can increase your likelihood of mosquito bites.

  1. Water safety.

Whether you’re at the ocean, the pool or spending time at the lake, swimming is something everyone can enjoy. There are, however, certain water-related safety tips to be mindful of, especially when it comes to kids. Don’t let children run around the pool area. They can easily slip and fall on the wet concrete. Remember to keep an eye on them while they’re in the water or, even better, have an experienced swimmer swim with them. Try to visit areas with a lifeguard on duty. Swimmer’s ear (an infection from water trapped in the ear canal) is also a common issue in the summer months. Consider wearing earplugs or apply post-swimming eardrops to avoid this problem.

While these four subjects don’t cover all injuries or incidents that may happen during the summer, they’re a good place to start. While outdoors, you and your family may be more susceptible to broken bones, allergies, asthma and a variety of rashes like poison ivy.

The medical experts at Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center want to wish you and your family a happy and safe summer. Our quick care clinics in Little Rock, Arkansas, Shreveport, Louisiana, and Natchitoches, Louisiana, are open seven days a week to serve you and your family’s medical needs if you feel ill or experience an injury this summer.

Are you suffering from sunburn, or any other kind of burn, this summer? Download our free e-book How to Treat Burns to learn more about treatment and care options.

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This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.  If reading after hours, one option for treatment is to seek an urgent care or  walk-in clinic for medical advice. 

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