Ah, summer. This season is highly enjoyable for many families. When school’s out and the sun’s shining, there’s no better time to get outside. That said, these next few months can pose many dangers. Although many of us love nothing more than to take a dip or soak up some rays, the reality is that you could be risking your health by doing so. However, by being aware of those risks, you can have a happy and healthy summer doing all the things you love most.
Let’s talk about sun safety first. You might love the look of tanned skin, but any and all direct exposure to sunlight is dangerous. Even if it’s overcast, you still need protection from it! In fact, cloudy days can actually emit 80% of UV sunlight that comes through on totally clear days. That means you can’t afford to skip the hat, the sunglasses, and the sunscreen.
While no sunblock actually protects you from 100% of UV rays, you still need to take precautions. Wearing some sunblock is certainly better than none. And in general, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is considered to be effective. If you’re especially pale or prone to sunburn, you may want to pick up some SPF 50.
But the SPF rating won’t matter much if you aren’t applying your sunscreen correctly! Recent data revealed that many of us don’t even know how to correctly apply sunscreen or don’t know that higher SPFs don’t protect you from the sun for longer periods. Although sunscreens with an SPF of above 30 will protect you from more than 97% of the sun’s rays, they won’t last for longer time frames; that’s why sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours (or more frequently, in some cases), particularly if you’re sitting in the sun, running around, or swimming in the water.
Speaking of water: you may love to splash around in the lake, the ocean, or the pool -- but you should always do so with caution. Despite the fact that children can be introduced to the water starting at six months of age, that doesn’t mean that swimming is always safe. You should never swim alone (remember the buddy rule!) and never swim without a lifeguard present. Be sure to use flotation devices like life vests if you’re out on a boat or are an inexperienced swimmer. To prevent accidental drowning at your home, make sure to install a four-sided, self-locking enclosed fence around your pool, spa, or other body of water. Keep in mind that young children can actually drown in less than two inches of water -- so never assume that anything is too shallow.
These statistics may be scary, but they can help you make safe decisions this summer. Always keep them in mind and take steps to protect yourself and your family when out in the sun or swimming in the water.
Now that summer is here, most families are eager to spend time outdoors. While that means there are ample opportunities for fun, it also means there are ample opportunities to get hurt. Broken bones, sprains, and strains are common at any time of year, of course, but there are plenty of activities during this time of year that can result in serious injury. Sports, hiking, swimming, and even running around in the yard sprinklers can all pose a safety risk. So if your child is injured while playing a game of soccer or you fall and hurt yourself while on a hiking trail, what's the game plan? Should you head straight to the emergency room or could your injury be easily treated at one of the many urgent care locations in your area? This post may help you decide.
When to Seek Medical Treatment at Urgent CareApproximately 44% to 65% of all ER episodes could actually have been treated at urgent care clinics. While that doesn't mean that every injury can be treated here, it does mean that many non-life-threatening conditions can be. In many circumstances, sprains, strains, fractures, and broken bones can be treated by urgent care medical staff -- particularly if they are in the hand, foot, ankle, or wrist. As you may know, the benefits of urgent care clinics include the ability to take X-rays and even set a cast. If you aren't sure whether your injury is too severe to be treated at a walk-in clinic, don't worry. One of the benefits of urgent care clinics that are housed in the same location as emergency rooms is that you won't have to go very far for treatment!
When to Go to the Emergency Room For CareSevere bone breaks (even those on the extremities) are best treated by your local emergency department. This is certainly true if you experience a bone break in areas like the spine, skull, pelvis, ribs, or sternum, as well as in multiple areas on the body. You should also go to the emergency room if your bone break has penetrated the skin. Many urgent care facilities are not able to sedate patients, which makes it more difficult to treat more severe breaks. However, this does not mean you should automatically head to the ER if you think you've broken a bone. With the most severe (or potentially severe) types of injuries, emergency treatment is recommended. But less substantial breaks -- and certainly sprains and strains -- can be assessed and treated at urgent care facilities.
One of the many benefits of urgent care is that you can save time and money without sacrificing on quality of treatment. If you or someone you loved gets hurt this summer, you may very well be able to pursue fast treatment at a walk-in clinic. That said, more severe injuries may be best served by emergency departments. With Legacy ER, however, you really don't have to choose between the two. We offer both types of facilities under one roof in order to serve our patients' needs. To find out more, please get in touch with us today.
According to medical experts, this year has been particularly bad for seasonal allergies. And depending on where you live or travel -- and what you're allergic to -- you could experience these symptoms over the course of several months. Seasonal allergies aren't life-threatening, which means you can go to an urgent care center (like 27% of U.S. patients did between 2014 and 2016) for fast, convenient care if you're seeking allergy relief. But you also might want to try these tips to reduce your itchy eyes, sore throats, headaches, and other symptoms throughout this season.
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