As a family practice focused on wellness, Maple Health DPC feels strongly about educating our patients how to stay safe and healthy in every season. Check out this month’s blog, Tips For Staying Healthy This Summer
TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY THIS SUMMER Summer brings its own set of unique risks, from allergies to outdoor activities. In this article, we'll discuss some tips for staying safe in the summer.
Protect yourself from allergies: Summer is notorious for causing allergies due to the abundance of pollen and mold spores in the air. If you suffer from allergies, take precautions such as wearing a mask, keeping your windows closed, and using an air purifier. You should also talk to your doctor about taking allergy medications to help relieve your symptoms.
Practice safe gardening : Gardening and yardwork are popular summer activities, but it can also be dangerous. Before you start, make sure to wear gloves and sturdy shoes to protect yourself from cuts and bruises. You should also be careful when using tools such as hedge trimmers or lawnmowers.
Wear sunscreen: The sun's rays can be harsh in the summer, even when it's not very hot outside. Make sure to wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 when you're outside, even if it's just for a short period of time.
Stay hydrated: As the weather warms up, it's important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you're doing any outdoor activities. Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine, which can dehydrate you.
Be cautious around water: Summer is a great time to enjoy water activities such as swimming and boating, but it's important to be cautious. Always wear a life jacket when you're boating or participating in water sports. Don't swim alone, and make sure to supervise children around water at all times. Boaters need to take extra care on Lake Erie as weather conditions change rapidly.
Check for ticks: In Northeast Ohio, ticks become more active in the summer, so it's important to check for them after spending time outside. Look for ticks on your body, especially in areas such as your hairline, underarms, and groin. If you find a tick, remove it carefully with tweezers and clean the area with soap and water.
Be mindful of seasonal illnesses: Summertime can also bring on seasonal illnesses such as colds and flu. Make sure to practice good hygiene such as washing your hands regularly and covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. If you feel sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
Motorcycle Safety – One of the most important safety measures for motorcycle riders is wearing proper protective gear, including a helmet, gloves, boots, and a jacket. A helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head injury in the event of an accident. It is also important to wear bright, reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to other drivers.
Bike Safety - To ensure safe riding, wear a helmet that fits correctly and securely. Additionally, cyclists should follow traffic rules and signals, use hand signals to indicate turns and stops, and stay visible by wearing reflective clothing and using lights when riding at night.
By following these tips, you can help ensure a safe and healthy summer season. Let Maple Health DPC help you achieve optimal health and wellness, so you can live your best life.