Avoiding the Biggest Risks of Summer

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger
Enjoy summer and stay healthy.

Jayhawk Pharmacy wants you to be safe this summer with these safety tips.

With every season come unique safety and health considerations. Winter, fall, spring, and summer all carry unique characteristics that change the way we live our daily lives. While we are well settled into summer, it is never too late to think about how you can improve your current habits. Jayhawk Pharmacy understands the value of your health, which is why we hope to provide you with supplies to increase your safety and mobility every day. Here we have provided some of the most common mistakes made during summer and how they can be avoided.

  • Dehydration is a common occurrence for people who spend long hours in the sun and heat. When more water is lost from the body than consumed, someone may suffer fatigue, headaches, dry mouth, or fainting. To avoid this, drink water throughout the day and eat foods high in water concentration.
  • Sun damage can lead to wrinkles, pre-mature aging, and skin cancer. Sun rays may feel nice, but they do not carry many benefits. To avoid sun burns, apply sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. If you are trying to achieve a summer time tan, try sunless tanning through lotions or sprays.
  • The sun can also cause eye damage. Not wearing sunglasses is risky and can cause one to squint creating possible eye lines, sun burn, and cataracts. To best avoid these, wear a pair of UVA protectant glasses and goggles when underwater.
  • Bites by mosquitoes or ants can become infected when scratched and opened. It is important to watch them and if they don’t go away in a reasonable time, contact your doctor.
  • Hiking and trail walking are fun summer time activities that allow you to breathe fresh air and get exercise. Be sure to stay within the trail and wear proper shoes to avoid contact with ticks. Some carry Lyme disease which is why it is advised you check your entire body when returning home.
  • Special considerations must be made when cooking or grilling in the summer. Food poisoning is higher during the warm months because food is left out under the sun or food is not properly cooked. To avoid this, be sure to cook food for the allotted time and protect it when not being used

We hope you have an enjoyable summer filled with memories to last a lifetime. We understand life gets moving fast and it can be easy to forget about routine safety habits. Now is a good time for you to rethink your habits and make improvements where necessary. Jayhawk Pharmacy wishes you a great and safe season!

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