Top Summer Health Risks

Top Summer Health Risks

Summer is the time to enjoy the great outdoors, socialize with your loved ones, and take a well-deserved vacation from the daily grind. While you’re enjoying the summer season, however, it’s important to be aware of the health risks associated with summer activities. These include:

Top Summer Health Risks

Sports Injuries

During the summer, many outdoor sports are in season. Plus, with vacation time from school and work, many people have the time to enjoy the summer sports that they love. While outdoor sports are a great way to exercise, they also pose the risk of injury. 

Sports injuries, such as sprained ankles, shin splints, and ACL tears can bring the summer fun to a halt. At Family Medical Centers, we provide traditional and homeopathic treatments for sports injuries so that you can recover quickly and get back on the field. 

Skin Cancer 

People generally spend significantly more time out in the sun during the summer. While you’re out in the sun, if you’re not protected by sunscreen, your skin is exposed to UV radiation from the sun. UV radiation is the main cause of skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer. 

To lower your risk of skin cancer this summer, make sure to wear sunscreen every day. If you’re heading outside for an extended period of time, use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and reapply every 2 hours.  

Eye Damage From UV Rays

UV radiation from the sun isn’t only dangerous for your skin – it’s also harmful to your eyes. UV rays can damage the surface of the eyes, the cornea, and the lens. This makes it crucial to wear sunglasses that filter 100% UV light whenever you’re outside. Be extra careful to put on your shades whenever you’re near the pool or ocean, as the water can maximize the damage by reflecting sunlight. 

For all of your medical needs this summer, visit Family Medical Centers and receive top-quality care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.