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The Most Common Summer Health Issues

Summertime offers a number of exciting experiences for the whole family to enjoy — from days by the pool to cookouts and more. But while the season can bring merriment, it can also bring an increased risk of illness or injury. In fact, there are a few ailments that can affect you or your family members even more in summer than during any other season.

If you want to keep yourself safe, here are a few ailments to be aware of.

Health Issues to Watch for in Summer

Lyme Disease

If you plan on spending your summer hiking in the great outdoors or taking nature walks with friends, be sure to check yourself for ticks when you get home. Especially if you’re going to be in heavily wooded or tall, grassy areas, ticks can easily creep under your clothing and, if left unchecked, infect you with Lyme Disease.

If you do catch a tick on your body, it’s important to seek medical attention to ensure your safety.

Sun Illnesses

Pretty much everyone likes to spend their summer lolling about in the sun, but you have to be careful. Spending too much time in the sun can quickly lead to dehydration, sun poisoning, sun exhaustion, and more.

Make sure you’re applying sunscreen regularly, drinking enough water, and taking breaks to sit in the shade or go inside to keep you healthy.

Food Poisoning

From barbecues to local carnivals to foreign cuisine, summertime offers a lot of opportunities to munch on delicious food. However, if the food you’re ingesting is undercooked or contains harmful bacteria, you can easily find yourself with a bout of food poisoning.

To keep yourself safe from harm, make sure you’re using perishable ingredients before their expiration date and washing your hands often to avoid cross-contamination.

Swimmer’s Ear

Whether you’re diving into your backyard pool or tubing at the lake, sometimes, water can get lodged deep inside your ear canal, causing inflammation and allowing for bacteria to grow. If you’re suffering from this ailment, a physician will likely be able to prescribe ear drops to resolve the problem.

Advance ER is a 24-hour emergency center serving the Dallas area. We have the same resources and prices you will find at a hospital ER. When your medical emergencies can't wait until morning, you can trust that we will have you see an ER doctor immediately.

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