The summer presents common seasonal injury opportunities. Pamela Grafton, D.O., from Utica Park Clinic, shares possible threats and subsequent tips to keep you safe while enjoying the warm weather.
• Sunburns: Exposure to the sun’s rays while outside can cause burns to unprotected skin.
Tips: Use sunscreen with SPF of 30-plus and remember to reapply every two hours. Cover skin with appropriate clothing and hats.
• Dehydration: Sweating outdoors while working and playing causes fluid loss.
Tips: Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, sugary and caffeinated beverages. Take time out inside or in the shade.
• Bug Bites: This time of year, lots of different bugs are out and can bite unprotected skin.
Tips: Wear long sleeves and pants when in wooded and overgrown areas. Utilize bug sprays and repellants. Upon returning inside, check for ticks and other bugs. Shower, if possible. Pour out standing water around your house to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
• Injuries: Different summer activities pose risk of injuries.
Tips: Wear appropriate safety gear when biking, hiking, mowing, etc. Activities in water need to be supervised by responsible adults who know CPR. Practice safety when grilling by always monitoring the grill, keeping it 10 feet from all buildings, with a fire extinguisher nearby.
If you experience a summer injury, call 918-579-DOCS (3627) to make an appointment.