It’s that time of year again, school is out and the beautiful beaches that surround the Seminole area are packed with families, locals and tourists both. But, as a local doctor, we know that all of the fun that comes with the sun also comes with some risks that everyone should be aware of, no matter what your favorite outdoor activity may be!
Sunburn and Heat Related Illnesses
What are the risks? Seminole summers are long, hot, and humid. Sunburn, dehydration, heat stroke, and other heat related illnesses are a serious problem during the summer months that cause many to spend unwanted time at their doctor getting back on their feet. And because the sun’s rays are at its strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm, it is hard to avoid the heat.
How can they be prevented? The best way to prevent dehydration or any other heat related illness is to drink plenty of clear fluids. When outside make sure to be continuously applying sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30, to avoid sunburn, and always try to wear sunglasses, hats, and other protective clothing items. Take a break in the shade whenever possible, and if you do begin to feel faint, doctors recommend spending some time inside while replenishing your body with clear fluids.
Pool and Beach Safety
What are the risks? Any body of water is a risk, no matter how large or deep. Seminole area beaches can also be home to jellyfish and stingrays, as well as strong currents that can be a threat to even the best of swimmers. Beach signs and warning flags will be posted by lifeguards when possible but it’s important to make sure you’re aware of the area around you.
How can they be prevented? If harmed by jellyfish, stingrays, or any other form of beach life, make sure to see your nearest Seminole doctor immediately. Children should never be swimming or playing around a pool or beach area unsupervised. Any risk of drowning can be prevented. It is a good idea to make sure you are CPR certified or up to date with your certification.
Make sure to start off your pool or beach day prepared. Have a bag packed with clear liquids, snacks, shoes to protect feet from glass and hot surfaces and, of course, sunscreen. Before leaving the house, also double check the weather forecast to make sure no storms are headed your way.
Visit a Doctor at the Seminole Family Health Clinic
The easiest way to make the most of the warm weather is to be prepared. Your local Seminole doctor is also here to help just in case. Walk in today or give our office a call at (727) 851-9910 for more information on the services we provide as well as more ways to keep you and your family safe this summer!