Top Holiday Health Emergencies
The holiday season is here, and many patients avoid seeking the care they need because they want to enjoy this time with their loved ones. However, delaying care can lead to life-altering consequences.
Learn more about the common emergencies we see this season so you can seek the care you need.
1. Cooking Injuries
The rush to get your holiday baking done or make the perfect dinner can lead to an accident in the kitchen. From cuts to burns, we tend to see more cooking-related injuries around the holidays. If you suffer a serious laceration, cut, or burn this season, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
2. Allergic Reactions
For patients with food allergies, it can be hard to avoid an allergy attack over the holidays. This is because family events usually come with a wide arrangement of dishes brought by each household. If you’re attending a party this season, ask the host to let their guests know that you have an allergy, make you an allergy-safe dish, and list ingredients for each dish.
If you do have a reaction, use your EpiPen and visit our emergency center for treatment.
3. Cardiac Concerns
The holiday season is filled with joy and fun — but it can also be stressful. In fact, cardiac death is almost 5% higher during the holidays, according to American Heart Association research.
Whether you’re worried about getting the perfect gift or dealing with your in-laws, it’s important to be mindful of your health and if you experience symptoms, seek help immediately. Some other common causes of increased cardiac incidents include:
- Excessive eating and drinking.
- Avoiding symptoms until an emergency happens.
- Skipping medications.
- Higher presence of communicable respiratory diseases.
4. Severe Cases of the Flu & COVID-19
Cases of the seasonal flu tend to spike over the winter months — especially over the holidays with more group gatherings. This year, our community also faces the spread of COVID-19 during holiday celebrations.
As you spend time with your loved ones, follow these tips:
- Socially distance when in crowded public spaces.
- Wear your mask indoors if unvaccinated.
- Do not share food or drinks with others.
- Spread out guests in your home in a well-ventilated area.
- Keep all serving spoons and other high-touch surfaces clean.
- Wash your hands often with hot water.
- Gather outdoors if possible.
Emergency Medical Treatment in Galleria and Park Cities
We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season! However, if you do sustain any injury or illness this season, do not hesitate to visit our emergency center for treatment.