Sunburn and skin cancer are the primary villains of summer, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But the retired women’s health specialist says UV rays aren’t the only thing you should be on the lookout for.
According to Marla Ahlgrimm, summer is ripe with hidden dangers that make you want to stay indoors. Of course, you should take advantage of the warm weather but with a cautious eye.
Marla Ahlgrimm says bee/wasps stings are usually not harmful but young children who’ve never felt this exclusive-to-summer pain should be watched carefully when outdoors, especially if barefoot. Bee stings may trigger a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. Hives, pale skin, and itching may be followed by difficulty breathing; have any symptoms that extend beyond a localized reaction checked out ASAP.
Being outdoors means you’ll need to drink plenty of water and even the occasional sports drink. Your body needs to remain hydrated or you might experience nausea, cramps, fatigue, or loss of consciousness, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Once dehydration sets in, heat exhaustion and heat stroke may not be far behind.
Children should be taught to swim as early as possible and should never be left unsupervised in water of any depth, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The kids aren’t the only ones that need attention around water either as drownings are an all-too-common theme of the nightly news. Avoid drinking alcohol while swimming or boating and always go out with a friend.
Back, knee, and joint pain
When the weather starts to warm, you may be tempted to start taking a nightly jog. This isn’t a bad idea, says Marla Ahlgrimm, but one that should be thought out before grabbing a pair of sneakers and hitting the trail. Avoid musculoskeletal injuries by wearing a well-fitting pair of supportive shoes and working your way up to long runs.