Important Safety Precautions for the Summer – Brought To You by My Doctor’s Office

I just received this helpful email from my doctor’s office. It’s full of useful suggestions for enjoying a safe summer. I was especially interested in the second to last one. Very Interesting. Here it is:

Your Family’s Medical Clinic, Inc.

In an effort to better serve you, beginning June 1, 2011, Your Family’s Urgent Care Clinic will open at 8am Monday-Friday.  Saturdays we will open at 9am as usual.


Summer Precautions

As summer begins and we become more active, there are several key health points to remember:

  • Protect against skin cancer by using sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. Remember to reapply after swimming or sweating a lot.
  • Wear bike helmets and other appropriate safety gear for outdoor activities (protection for hearing, eyes, head, knees, elbows, etc.)
  • Use insect repellent with deet to protect against mosquitoes and other insects. And in case you get bitten anyway, keep the Calamine lotion and Aloe Vera nearby!
  • If you are stung by a bee, do not pull the stinger out, as this will squeeze the venom sac and release more venom. Instead, scrape a credit card against the wound site to push the stinger out.
  • For cuts, apply direct pressure to stop bleeding. If the cuts penetrate the skin and there is a possibility stitches might be required, you do not need an appointment! Just walk in!
  • Before swimming, remember to apply sunscreen. Swim with lifeguards nearby, if possible. If a lifeguard is not available, swim with a buddy.
  • When camping or hiking, it is important to stay dehydrated! Drink plenty of water!
  • This is also the time of year for allergies. Dr. Smith specializes in this area if you need testing or treatment.
We hope you have an enjoyable and safe summer!
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