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Stay Safe All Summer

Between bug bites, dehydration and sunburn, the sting of summer can take a toll on your body. By understanding the risk factors and common treatments for these concerns, you can help your family steer clear of itchy, dehydrated or sunburnt nights this summer.

The bugs are back! Beyond the annoyance and itch of ant bites, some bugs can pack a bigger punch. Most bites and stings from common insects are harmless and heal quickly. But some bug bites and stings, like those from fire ants, wasps, hornets and bees, may cause intense pain or even a serious allergic reaction.

Tickborne illnesses have doubled over the past 13 years, and tick season peaks in the summer months. One of the most common tickborne illnesses is Lyme disease, which can severely impact the joints, heart and nervous system. USA Today reports that there are more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease each year, but this number is likely much higher because the disease is difficult to diagnose. If you’ve been bitten by a tick, keep a close eye out for symptoms and be sure to speak with your doctor.

Drinking water is important all year round. But as summer heats up and your body must work harder to stay cool, drinking water becomes even more imperative. Many people don’t know exactly how much water to drink each day. An easy way to calculate this is to take your body weight and divide it in half. The resulting number is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking. On days that are exceptionally hot, or days filled with active summer fun, you should add in even more ounces. According to the Mayo Clinic, having uncontrolled or untreated diabetes puts you at high risk of dehydration. Kidney disease also increases your risk, as do medications that increase urination. Even having a cold or sore throat makes you more susceptible to dehydration, because you're less likely to feel like eating or drinking.


The pain from a sunburn can last for multiple days. Staying protected in and out of the sun can not only help you avoid this pain but can also help you prevent more serious health problems like sun poisoning. To know whether you have sun poisoning, keep an eye out for symptoms like skin redness and blistering, pain and tingling, swelling, headache, fever and chills, nausea, dizziness and dehydration.

Before going in the sun, ask your doctor if any of your medications could increase your risk of developing a sun-related illness. For example, some acne medications, antibiotics, antidepressants, diuretics, heart drugs, and birth control pills make skin more sensitive to sunlight.

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