When patients think of illness, they often think of the cold winter months. However, the summer comes with its own types of ailments you should be aware of. From food poisoning to bee stings to fractured bones – your main priority should be to stay healthy and safe.
AFC Urgent Care Bedford can treat a variety of illnesses and injuries that require urgent treatment. Walk into our center any day this summer to receive the care you need when you need it. Continue reading to learn more about common summer health concerns and how we can treat them at AFC Bedford.
Cookouts and barbecues are common in the summer but don’t let all the fun distract you from foodborne illnesses. Bacteria grows in warm environments, so when food is left out, it is more likely to harbor harmful bacteria that can make you sick.
Keep all refrigerated food cold until ready to cook. Do not cross-contaminate raw foods and ready-to-eat foods. Be sure to refrigerate all leftovers within two hours of cooking or within one hour if it is more than 90 degrees outside.
Nearly everyone has experienced a sunburn at least once in their life. While mild sunburns are more inconvenient than painful, more severe burns can impact your daily life. UV rays are incredibly harmful, especially to the skin and eyes, so it’s important to take proper precautions whenever going outdoors.
Avoid going into direct sunlight to truly avoid getting a sunburn. If that is not possible, then wear an SPF on exposed skin. Be sure to wear at least 30 SPF on your face daily, even if it is not sunny. Take additional protective measures by wearing sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and long sleeves.
Bug Bites & Stings
Bug bites are more common in the warm months than any other time of year. The more time you and your loved ones spend outside, the more likely you are to get bit by some type of insect. While mosquito bites are mostly irritating, they can also carry illnesses such as the West Nile Virus. Tick bites can also carry Lyme disease.
Avoid bites this season by using bug spray when going outdoors. Wear long pants and socks while hiking to avoid tick bites. Additionally, prevent bee stings by letting bees leave the area on their own terms. Do not swat at them.
Summer activities are more prevalent as kids get out of school, and people are looking for ways to spend time in the warm weather. This means the likelihood of injuries is higher.
Between accidents with lawnmowers, sports injuries, and bicycle accidents, AFC Urgent Care Bedford can help treat minor injuries. Fractured bones and sprains are common treatments at our center, but if you are experiencing a severe injury, it is best to visit the emergency room.