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Preventing Summer Related Pain

Updated: Jun 7



Preventing Summer Related Pain
Preventing Summer Related Pain

Preventing summer-related pain involves several proactive steps to protect yourself from common hazards associated with the season. Too often we fail to take these seriously until we suffer an injury or illness. Here are some key strategies we all need to stay aware of. The primary causes of summer-related pain can vary depending on individual circumstances, but some common factors include:


  1. Sunburn:  Apply a mineral based broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating. Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and long-sleeved SPF factor shirts will help shield your skin from the sun. Stay in the shade at least some of the time on the hottest days as you can, especially during peak sun intensity hours (10 AM to 4 PM).

  2. Dehydration: Hot weather increases the risk of dehydration, which can cause headaches, muscle cramps, and overall discomfort.  Unless otherwise directed by your Physician, aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of pure, filtered water per day avoiding plastics whenever you can, more if you’re active or spending extended periods in the sun. Avoid Dehydrating Beverages: Limit consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and avoid sugary drinks, which can contribute to dehydration. Also it can be helpful to step up water-rich foods like fresh summer fruits and vegetables.

  3. Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke: Overexertion in high temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, resulting in symptoms like dizziness, nausea, headaches, and even fainting. Be very careful here. Watch out for kids and higher needs people. Adequate water and food intake helps to a point. Always seek emergency medical care with any of these symptoms!!!

  4. Insect Bites and Stings: Summer is peak season for insects like mosquitoes, bees, and wasps, whose bites and stings can cause pain, itching, and swelling. Tick borne illnesses are now a major health issue in may prats of the world. These are a very severe health threat and require urgent medical treatment and commonly lab testing with appropriate follow ups.

  5. Allergic Reactions: Pollen and other skin and respiratory allergens are more prevalent in the summer, potentially leading to allergic reactions that cause discomfort. If you do have allergies, be sure to follow with your primary care Physician for both preventive and "rescue" care and medications if indicated. Be especially cautious with asthma and COPD.

  6. Physical Injuries: Increased outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and sports can lead to injuries such as sprains, strains, and fractures. Slips on stairs, falls while outside can be devastating so staying aware of our environments is key.

To mitigate these most common causes of summer related pain, it's important to take these simple, daily precautions such as using sunscreen, staying hydrated, wearing protective clothing, and being mindful of the environment and your surroundings while outside especially. And remember, if you need us we are only a call or TEXT away! ~ We Are Here for You

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