There's no doubt that winter is here, and so are the traditional winter ER visits. However, you can't know how to avoid these common winter ailments if you don't know what they are.
To help you and your accident-prone kids avoid unnecessary accidents and visits to urgent care clinics this winter, here's a short list of common reasons people end up in the ER during winter.
Holiday season is upon us, which means lots of cooking. Whether it's cooking a turkey or baking a batch of cookies, burns are some of the most common injuries that can land you and your children in family urgent care this winter. Make sure you tell your children to keep away from the oven and take care to use proper protection for yourself.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
As the weather gets colder, families will start turning up the heat. If your heat is gas-based, then you need to make sure that all of your carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. If they're not, you and your family could be in serious danger. Never use grills, ovens, and other gas-powered devices as heaters in an enclosed space.
Dry skin, beyond being annoying, can actually land you in the doctor's office, just like lacerations and burns can. Rashes and abnormal skin reactions such as allergies can be a cause for concern and prompt a visit to an urgent care clinic. A liberal application of chapstick and lotion can help avoid this common wintertime skin problem.
During the winter, the air is colder and drier, which can lead to respiratory issues, especially in those patients prone to asthma or bronchitis. If you or your child is suffering from labored breathing, make sure you visit family urgent care immediately.
Because the holidays are so filled with food, things like food poisoning and overeating can become issues quickly. Food poisoning is definitely cause for a visit to the emergency room.
Now that you know a little bit more about what typically lands people in the ER over the winter, you should be able to adequately prepare for and prevent most of these issues. Americans rely heavily on 24-hour care provided by emergency services, but knowing how to avoid these issues is key.
There are approximately 110 million emergency room visits every year, and there's no question that many of those 110 million visits happen during the winter. Between ice, snow, and winter sports, there's a whole world of injuries to be wary of in the coming season.
Whether you're concerned for your own safety or the safety of your family, here are some of the more common winter injuries and how to avoid them.
Up north, communities learn how to adapt to constant snow and ice. But when you live in a city like Allen, TX, which only gets about two inches of snow per year, a little bit of ice can wreak a lot of havoc, creating plenty of opportunities to slip and fall. The best way to prevent broken bones or head injuries from slips is to wear sturdy boots with good tread and to salt any walkways around your home. Most of these slips and falls actually occur right in front of people's homes.
Whether it's lacerations, burns, or other injuries that require urgent care, the kitchen can be a source of many injuries. Winter means that the holiday season is upon us, which means people are going to be spending a lot more time in the kitchen. When carving a turkey or Christmas ham, make sure you're paying attention to what you're doing. In addition, you need to be careful around the oven to prevent burns.
Any winter sports enthusiast will probably have at least one story to tell about visits to emergency centers. Winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating have all caused their fair share of injuries requiring emergency care. From broken bones to head injuries, the bloody possibilities are endless. To prevent serious injuries this ski season, make sure you're wearing all of the proper protective gear.
While not necessarily an injury, cold and flu season is officially upon us. One of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of influenza this season is to get your flu shot as early in the season as possible. Urgent care clinics, emergency centers, and even your local pharmacies are now administering flu shots, so don't forget to get yours!
Winter is filled with opportunities to become ill or injured, so make sure you're staying safe and following the proper steps to prevent these situations.
According to a recent study, approximately 44 to 65% of injuries treated at an ER could have been treated at an urgent care center. However, statistics like that haven't stopped the victims of recent Thanksgiving celebrations from swinging by the ER for urgent medical needs.
Whether you're the one doing the cooking this year or simply joining others for the festivities, let common causes of Turkey Day injuries serve as a cautionary tale for the upcoming holiday season.
Anyone who has cooked a turkey knows that they're heavy, especially when they're frozen. Unfortunately for some people, those frozen turkeys have slipped and fallen to the ground, breaking countless toes in the process.
The dangers of turkey don't stop at slippery frozen birds. Taking a turkey out of the oven only brings more chances for injury to occur. Fortunately, urgent care centers offer affordable care for mild to moderate burns, but you should still stock up on some aloe before you cook the bird. And, unfortunately, there won't be much your local urgent care center can do if you burn the house down while deep frying a turkey, another all-too-common Thanksgiving disaster.
After you cook the turkey, someone has to carve it. Unfortunately, lacerations are quite common on Thanksgiving. All it takes is a simple slip of the hand for serious cuts to occur, which could definitely land you in the emergency room.
Some families simply sit down and eat on Thanksgiving, but others have annual football or soccer games. While they can be fun for the whole family, they can also injure the whole family. Bruises, scrapes, and even broken bones can all occur if you're not careful!
For obvious reasons, food poisoning happens a lot over the holidays. Too many cooks won't just spoil the soup, they'll also spread germs to the whole family. Not only that, but you and countless other people will all be stuffing face this season, so the chances of getting food poisoning from an under-cooked turkey or ham is a bit higher.
No matter the urgent medical needs you might have on Thanksgiving or throughout the holiday season, it's important to be aware of what may cause them. Stay safe this holiday season and be aware of the dangers that could be lurking in your own kitchen.
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