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6 Health Hazards to Watch Out for This Summer Other Than Skin Cancer

According to the CDC, emergency room visits increase by 14 percent between the spring and summer months. However, skin cancer is not the only health problem you need to protect yourself from during the hot sunny months.

  • Dehydration: Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces daily, and more if you’re active.
  • Heat Exhaustion: a condition often tied to dehydration that can manifest as nausea, dizziness, heavy sweating, weakness and headache
  • Heat Stroke: Responsible for at least 240 deaths a year. Be on the lookout for confusion or loss of consciousness, high body temperature, hot and dry skin or profuse sweating
  • Drowning: Responsible for 380,000 deaths per year worldwide and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for 1- to 14-year-olds. Prevent a summer tragedy by learning or teaching others to swim, ensuring proper supervision and poolside barriers like fences and avoiding alcohol around water
  • Bug Bites: Some bugs can spread diseases such as Zika, Dengue, West Nile Virus and Chikungunya so be sure to put on bug repellent and wear long sleeved clothing. Fend off ticks by avoiding tall grass, wearing appropriate clothing and repellent, treating pets for ticks
  • Ankle, knee and back pain: As the weather improves we tend to spend more time outside playing volleyball or tennis. Along with exercising year-round, prepare your body beforehand with some stretching.

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