Summer is here, and it’s time to have some fun in the sun. While summer usually means relaxation and adventure, it also means summer injuries. Here are some common conditions that urgent care clinicians see during the summer months.
Swimming injuries or drowning
Summer is the ultimate time of year to swim, and it usually starts on Memorial Day weekend. Swimming-related injuries like trauma inflicted by jumping in the water, boating injuries, or even drowning show a huge spike at urgent care clinics in the summer. It’s very easy for kids to fall into the water without someone realizing it. Experts suggest having a designated adult supervise all water activities at a party.
Food poisoning and gastroenteritis
Food-borne illnesses typically peak in the summer months because warmer weather and humidity create the ultimate breeding ground for bacteria. During summer cookouts, food might not be cooked properly or it’s being left out in the sun for too long. Experts advise to properly wash fruits and veggies, avoid foods that have been sitting in the sun all day, and always wash your hands before eating.
A lot of sunburns don’t require a trip to an urgent care clinic, but some do when they are particularly severe. If you start experiencing blisters, nausea, confusion, extreme pain, chills, and headaches because of your sunburn, you should go to urgent care. To avoid bad sunburns, always wear sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy. You can also take breaks in the shade and wear gear that protects your skin like hats and sunglasses.
You spend a lot of time outside in the summer, and it’s easy to forget about drinking enough water. That combination can lead to serious dehydration, though. If you’re dehydrated, you might experience things like lack of sweating, headaches, dry mouth, flushed and hot skin, rapid breathing, confusion, dizziness, weakness, increased thirst, and even fainting. Make sure you always bring water with you and take breaks in the shade to avoid getting dehydrated.
Poison ivy rashes
Lastly, poison ivy rashes are another common thing that sends people to urgent care clinics in the summer. People are outside more, and they often can come in contact with poison ivy, as well as poison oak and sumac. A doctor at a clinic and prescribe you with oral corticosteroids and calamine lotion to get rid of the rashes.
Over 66% of urgent care clinics open their doors before 9:00 a.m. during the week, with 45.7% stay open on Saturdays and 31.1% on Sundays. No matter what time of day it is, you should seek medical attention if you experience any of these common summer illnesses.