The beach is a popular summertime destination for individuals, couples,
and families alike. However, beach environments can carry certain general
health risks, including water-borne illnesses and infections. Taking steps
to protect yourself and your family when you visit the beach this summer
will reduce your risk of a serious illness that could prompt a
hospital visit in West Hills.
Understanding Health Concerns Associated with the Beach
Spending a day at the beach is a great way to enjoy healthy physical activity
and time spent with family or friends. However, beach water can carry
several microorganisms associated with infections and illnesses in humans,
including gastroenteritis, skin irritation and rashes, respiratory illnesses,
and infections of the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and throat. Although most
water does not carry harmful microorganisms, water that is contaminated
by sewage or other waste and runoff is associated with a higher risk of
illness. Additionally, individuals with compromised or still-developing
immune systems may be at higher risk for illness following exposure to
Enjoying Good Health at the Beach
There are several ways to ensure your family enjoys
good health at the beach. Before planning your trip, take some time to research your local beaches
and the quality of their water to find a beach that isn’t located
near sources of contamination or noted as having a high public health
risk. Never visit a beach that has been closed for any reason, and follow
any posted advisories, including avoiding areas that are noted as off-limits.
Make sure to schedule regular bathroom breaks for children and ensure
family members wash and dry their hands and face completely before eating
or drinking any refreshments you may have brought.
Are you ready to enjoy a healthy summer full of fun? At West Hills Hospital,
our medical care team and emergency care center are dedicated to helping
you and your family achieve greater wellness and a healthy lifestyle.
You can get more health tips on our online health library or
H2U resource page, or by calling (818) 676-4321.