How to Practice Boating Safety

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Few things beat being on a boat during the summer, but if proper safety is not practiced, a day on the lake can turn into a disaster. Before you take the boat out for a fun summer day this year, it’s a good idea to brush up on safe boating tips.

Check the Weather

To avoid getting stuck in a storm on the lake or ocean, always take a look at the weather before you go out. If you notice the weather changing once you’re out (darkening clouds, changing winds, a drop in temperature, etc.), it’s a good idea to get off the water.

Come Up With a Float Plan

Before you take off on your boating excursion, let a family member or someone at the marina know exactly where you’re planning to ride and how long you’ll be gone. Important information to include in a float plan is: your name, address and phone number, the name and phone number of all passengers, what type of boat you’re in and what your itinerary is

Assign an Assistant

In the case that the skipper becomes injured or is unable to perform his or her duties, it’s crucial that at least one other person aboard the boat knows how to operate it.

Wear a Lifejacket

This should go without saying, but every person on the boat should wear a lifejacket throughout the excursion. Lifejackets should also always be properly fitted prior to departure.

For more summer health tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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Best Summer Vacation Destinations

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With school out, many families take advantage of the summer to go on that much-needed vacation. Even those without kids will often get away from the heat of summer and travel somewhere cooler. Whether you’re going solo, with friends or with the family, there are a few summer vacation destinations that can’t be beat.

The Beach

This may sound like a no brainer, but there are a variety of beach types that appeal to travelers during the summer. If you’re looking for a great family trip, Ocean City in Maryland may be for you. This summer destination boasts a wide beach, mini golf courses, ice cream shops galore and a fun boardwalk. For a romantic getaway, consider the U.S. Virgin Islands. The islands feature snorkeling excursions, kayaking tours and scenery that can’t be beat.

Ski Retreat

Most people only think to go skiing during the winter, but summer is actually a great time to escape the heat and head for the mountains. Whistler in British Columbia is great for both families and couples. In addition to skiing, Whistler offers a number of summer activities like kayaking, canoeing and even swimming.

City Life

If you’re looking for somewhere to explore, a city like Boston, MA or Portland, OR is a great choice. In Boston, you can take your family to world-class museums and catch a game at Fenway Park. Portland offers a very different experience with plenty of green spaces and the notorious Saturday Market.

Nature Adventure

If you’re an outdoor lover, consider somewhere like Jackson Hole, WY. One of the most loved summer vacation spots, Jackson Hole offers gorgeous mountain scenery and plenty of hiking trails that will keep you from ever getting bored. Many people even set up camp at Grand Teton National Park for a true outdoor experience.

For more summer tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

How To Keep Your Ears Healthy During Summer

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Most people are more aware of their ear health during the summer when they are in and out of the pool regularly. Everyone’s heard of the dreaded “swimmer’s ear,” but few people know how to maintain proper ear health. There are several things you can do to keep your ears healthy during the summer and beyond.

Keep Your Music Level Reasonable

Hearing damage from personal devices, such as headphones and television, can cause you to think other people are “mumbling” when they speak; however, it’s probably not them, it’s you. When you are exposed to high volume levels for a long period of time, it can slowly wear out the tiny hair cells of the inner ear that are supposed to convert sound into nerve signals that go to the brain. The way to gauge your volume: if someone else can hear your device, it’s too loud.

Don’t Clean Your Ears Too Much

Because most people spend a lot of time in the pool throughout the summer, they’re worried about bacteria getting in their ears. To remedy this, they will end up cleaning their ears too much. However, pushing a Q-tip into your ear can actually cause the wax to be pushed farther, which then compacts it. If you’ve happened to impact earwax inside your ear, you should contact a doctor to safely remove it for you.

How To Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is caused when the bacteria-filled water and warm wax inside the ear combine. If you are suffering from swimmer’s ear, your ear may begin to itch before it becomes sore and painful. You should seek medical attention so a doctor can properly clean everything out. Your doctor may use a cellulose sponge that carries the prescription drops to the infection.

If you believe you are suffering from swimmer’s ear or hearing loss, consider seeking medical attention. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

5 Low-Calorie Drinks To Enjoy This Summer

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During a warm summer day, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a cold drink to cool you down. Whether it’s iced tea or something fruitier, a cool drink by the pool or on the patio with friends is a summer staple. However, if you’re trying to keep that summer body in shape, it’s important to limit the amount of sugar and calories you drink.

Below are five low-calorie drinks that will let you enjoy yourself without the guilt this summer.

  1. Strawberry Lemonade: Nothing says cool like lemonade. Although most lemonade recipes are very high in both calories and sugar, you can make a few modifications to create a much lighter drink. This recipe uses fresh strawberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice and agave for a refreshing upgrade to a summer classic.
  2. Pina Colada Smoothie: This recipe offers a lighter take on a vacation favorite. Using lite coconut milk, pineapple chunks and honey, the pina colada smoothie tastes just like the real thing with fewer than half the calories.
  3. Southern Style Iced Tea: In the South, iced tea is a must have during the summertime. While unsweetened tea has zero calories, sweetened tea can seriously expand the waistline. At only 49 calories per serving, the southern style iced tea includes green tea bags, honey, lemon and fresh mint leaves for a perfect summertime drink.
  4. Pomegranate Juice: With only three ingredients, this recipe is a game changer. Sugar-free pomegranate juice, sparkling seltzer water and lemon make up sparkling pomegranate–sure to be your new summer favorite!
  5. Cucumber Mint Water: For something simple to sip on, this cucumber mint water recipe is as easy as it is delicious. With three ingredients–cucumbers, lime and mint–this healthy drink will keep you refreshed and beach ready throughout the summer.

For more healthy tips this summer, be sure to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

4 Essentials For Your Next Summer Road Trip

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Summer is the perfect time to pack the car up and take off to a new destination–be it cross-country or just to grandma’s house. While road trips can be a relaxing, and often less expensive, way to travel, they can take much more time than flying somewhere. Whether you’re traveling solo or have the whole family with you, there are some things that you should definitely add to your road trip must-have list to make your trip more enjoyable.

Small Cooler

If you’re planning to be in the car for a long time, there’s a good chance you’ll get hungry at some point. Be sure to bring a variety of snacks that you can easily reach for when the snack attack hits you. A small, insulated cooler is perfect for drinks and perishables. Good-for-you snacks like almonds and fruit are a great alternative to typical gas station snacks like chips and candy.

Good Playlist

Music is key when it comes to road trips. Spend some time before you take off putting a playlist together so you have something to listen to when you drive. Not only will this help make your trip more enjoyable, but singing along is also a great way to wake up when you start to feel tired.

Emergency Kit

Before you head out, make sure you have your AAA card and an emergency kit in case you get stranded for any reason. An emergency kit should include comfortable shoes, bottles of water, a flashlight, flares and a blanket.

Chargers

Most people rely heavily on electronic devices. Whether you plan to use your phone or other electronic device for directions, music or simply as a way of entertaining a young child, it’s important to keep everything charged during your trip. Make a list of chargers you will need before you leave and check each one off the list before you go.

For more helpful tips this summer, check back in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

How to Treat a Severe Sunburn

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We’ve all been there. It’s hot outside and nothing feels better than lounging in the cool water of the pool. Maybe you’re grilling outside during a weekend pool party or napping on the beach while on vacation. Whatever the scenario, there’s a good chance you forgot to reapply sunscreen and have now turned a color of red that resembles a lobster.

A study by the Skin Cancer Foundation reported that 42% of all adults received a sunburn at least once in the last year. What’s scary is that just one severe sunburn in a person’s life more than doubles the chances of developing melanoma at some point. So how do you know if your sunburn is severe and what do you do to treat it?

In addition to the color change in your skin, a severe sunburn can include symptoms such as chills, fever, nausea or vomiting. Often a sunburn that’s severe will blister and begin to peel within 4-7 days of exposure.

As soon as you get indoors after receiving a sunburn, it’s smart to apply a sunburn gel or cream. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, may also be helpful. If your burn is severe enough to require medical treatment, your doctor may prescribe stronger medication, antibiotics or silver sulfadiazine. It is important to stay well hydrated and monitor for signs of worsening symptoms.

There are a few things you can do to prevent future burns as well, including avoiding the sun, covering exposed skin, steering clear of tanning beds and using an SPF of 30 or higher. If you’re outdoors for a long period of time or getting in and out of water, you should reapply sunscreen frequently.

If you believe your sunburn is severe enough for medical attention, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

Three Common Injuries Around the Pool

PoolSign.jpgFew things feel better than being poolside on a hot summer day. Whether you’re grilling near the pool, soaking up some sun or swimming laps, it’s important to implement safety rules to avoid a poolside injury. Below are a few common injuries that happen around the pool and ways to prevent them.

  1. Slipping: If you visit any community pool, there’s a good chance that “no running” signs are plastered all over. There’s a reason for that. Children are notorious for running around the pool, playing chase and hurrying to dive in. However, with poolside surfaces so slippery from overflowing water, it’s easy for kids (and adults) to slip and fall when running around. This can result in head injuries, neck injuries, cuts, bruises and even drowning if your child falls in the water. Use caution when poolside and encourage the use of life jackets for children who are playing around the pool.
  2. Skin Irritation: Whether you’re in your own pool or visiting a community pool, it’s inevitable there will be chlorine and other disinfectants to keep the pool safe from water-born bacteria. If the chemicals are mixed incorrectly, the pool water could irritate swimmers’ eyes, ears, airways and skin. Normally, you will notice an acrid smell coming from the pool if there is too much cleaner in the water; however, you should also ask your children to notify you if they experience stinging in their eyes or throat. And, remember to protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen!
  3. Musculoskeletal injury: Kids are fearless when it comes to the diving board. From backflips to cannonballs, the jumping techniques are endless. If the water in the pool has been lowered, however, your child is at risk for injuries to their ankle, knee, wrist and elbow. Check that water levels are appropriate and never leave children unattended in the water.

If you or your child has experienced a poolside injury, it’s important the injured person is taken to the doctor immediately. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.