Whatever your summer plans, be prepared and protect yourself and those you love from the most common summer aliments – skin rashes, sunburn, food poisoning, and recreational accidents.
Should you need medical care, our 10 locations have one commitment to care for the unexpected illness and injury 365 days a year, including holidays.
Leaves Of Three, Let It Be
Avoid Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac
- Protect yourself from poison ivy, oak, or sumac by wearing protection clothing or applying a barrier cream.
- Treat at home with cool baths, topical anti-itch lotion.
- Seek medical care if rash affects eyes, mouth, or genitals, blisters become infected, or you have a fever.
(Don’t) Feel The Burn
- Protect your skin from the sun’s burning rays with lotion-based SPF 30+ sunscreen. Apply at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure.
- Treat sunburn at home with cool baths and aloe vera.
- Seek medical care for sunburn with severe blisters or pain, or with nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or fever.
Pack A Picnic That Holds Up To Heat
- There are more cases of food poisoning in summer than any other season. Make vinegar-based potato salad and coleslaw instead of mayonnaise.
- Plan on keeping – and eating – food cold. Bacteria in food multiplies rapidly between 40′ F and 140’F.
- Seek medical care for food poisoning with prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration.
Helmets Save Heads and Lives
- Annually, 26,000 children are treated for traumatic brain injury related to bicycle accidents.
- Always wear a sport-appropriate helmet for cycling, inline skating, and skateboarding. According to SAFEKIDS, bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%.
- Seek medical care for any head injury especially if there is loss of consciousness, a contusion (a “goose egg”), confusion, dizziness, nausea, and/or vomiting.