Summertime is all about being outdoors and enjoying good times in the sunshine.
However, for many people, it also ends up being about getting
emergency care. ER visits skyrocket in the summer when more people are outside and taking
part in new activities. You can reduce the need to add an ER trip to your
summer schedule with these tips.
Being outside for even a short period of time in the summer sun puts you
at risk for a serious sunburn. Before you take part in outdoor activities,
apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply
it every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily. You can further
reduce your risk of sunburn by avoiding being outdoors during the peak
heat of the day and by wearing a hat to protect your face. If you have
a sunburn that blisters, or if you have symptoms of nausea or fever with
your burn, consider seeking emergency care.
Avoid Bug Bites and Stings
For many people, bug bites are an annoyance, but for others, they can cause
severe reactions. Wear mosquito repellant and use citronella candles to
discourage mosquitos when sitting outdoors. Be aware of wasp nests and
avoid walking barefoot so you don’t step on a stinging insect. As
Dr. Natalie Shum of West Hills Hospital explains in
this video, you may need emergency care for a bite or sting if the inflammation appears
to be spreading or if the swelling from the bite increases. Always get
emergency care if a sting or bite causes symptoms of anaphylaxis shock.
Practice Food Safety
When you’re eating outdoors, don’t forget that food safety
rules still apply. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, and don’t
eat anything perishable that has been sitting outdoors for more than two
hours. Also be alert to cross-contamination and keep cooked and raw food separate.
West Hills Hospital is here around the clock and throughout the year whenever
an emergency strikes. Get more information about emergency care in West
Hills or find out more about burn center and maternity hospital by calling