Common Summer Ailments
Learn about illnesses that may occur in the summer season as well as tips for avoiding them.
While we may all be rejoicing the end of flu season, warm weather brings its own ailments. From insect bites to summer colds, here is your guide to common summer illnesses and some medication options available through Blink Health that can get you back to the beach quickly (without hurting your wallet).
Summer days are the time for sharing food with family at barbecues and picnics. However, warm weather also encourages bacteria to grow. The CDC recommends that pre-prepared food be sealed and kept cool if possible. If you’ve come down with a case of food poisoning, make sure that you drink lots of fluids and rest. Your doctor may also prescribe you antibiotics if you have a certain type of bacterial food poisoning and if your symptoms are severe.
Recreational Water Illnesses
We all love to take a dip in the pool during the summer. However, the risk of bacterial infections rise during the summer months due to water activities. Swimming pools and hot tubs can be the source of skin, eye and ear infections. See your doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms of a potential recreational water illness like diarrhea, vomiting or a skin rash.
Although you wouldn’t think it, summer colds are a common nuisance. A particular virus, that is more common in the summertime is enterovirus. According to The Merck Manual, symptoms of a summer cold caused by enterovirus include fever, headache, and sore throat, and sometimes mouth sores or a rash. Treatment is primarily aimed at relieving symptoms with cold medications and staying hydrated.
While it’s important to prevent sun damage when we go outside, sunburn can happen to the best of us. A sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. While most burns will heal on their own in less than a week, you can relieve some of the sting with Aloe Vera Pain Relieving Gel and ibuprofen. If you’re experiencing blisters after sun exposure, see your doctor as this can signal a second degree burn. And always try to prevent sunburn by regularly applying sunscreen (at least SPF 30) and seeking shade from 10am to 4pm, when the sun is strongest.
This article is not medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your physician or dial 911.
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