It may be summer for play, but sometimes vacation ends with a trip to the emergency room.
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Christopher McStay, MD, of Columbia University’s Department of Emergency Medicine, said in an interview with Huffington Post. Most of the time, he argues, this can be prevented.
Therefore, the American media asked doctors to talk about the most frequent problems that cause people to go to the emergency room during the hot season.
Here are the top 7 common summer emergency room illnesses:
Heat related illnesses
Heatstroke and dehydration are unsurprisingly very common.
Nausea, dizziness, and headache are some of the symptoms associated with overexposure to the sun.
Drowning and swimming injuries
The higher the temperature, the more people are looking for water bodies and water activities, but they are not always careful.
says pediatrician and emergency room physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Joseph Perno.
Burns and wounds
Barbecues and campfires bring their share of burns, says Christopher McStay, while injuries related to the use of kitchen knives are also on the rise.
Food poisoning and gastros
Many people go to the emergency room because of digestive problems.
Infections and diseases associated with eating food usually reach their peak during the summer season, due to the high temperatures and high humidity.
“These cases often occur after a summer barbecue where food was not cooked properly or left too long in the heat, or when fruits and vegetables were not washed properly,” says CityMD Urgent Care Clinical Emergency Physician, Dr. Down Court.
Injuries sustained during a game of soccer, frisbee, and various other outdoor activities are very common.
Emergency physicians regularly examine wrists or ankles, as well as broken bones.
Skin irritation and insect bites
When thinking about spending a lot of time outdoors, it is not uncommon to suffer from skin irritations due to various wild plants.
Mosquito and tick bites are also common, and when infected, an antibiotic should be taken.
In general, you do not need to go to the hospital for a sunburn, but sometimes it may be necessary.
If you develop blisters or if you experience nausea, headache, chills or sharp pain, it is recommended to see a doctor.