Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

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The fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many families. Between grilling out and hanging out with friends watching fireworks, there’s really nothing that beats this summer holiday. Unfortunately, because of the fireworks, grilling and sun exposure, there are a number of people that experience injuries during the fourth of July.  Follow these simple safety tips to be sure your holiday is filled with fun.

For Fireworks

Both kids and adults look forward to the fireworks show, but there is a hazardous side to them as well. The safest bet when watching fireworks is to find a public show that is put on by professionals. Even so, you should still stay 500 feet or more away from the show. If you are planning to set off fireworks yourself, keep a supply of water nearby, only light one firework at a time and never throw or point the firework toward any humans or animals.

For Grilling

The fourth of July wouldn’t be the same without backyard barbeque. If you or someone else is grilling out for the holiday, make sure the grill is always supervised. All humans and animals should steer clear of the grill as well. All utensils should be long-handled to avoid getting burned. Finally, you should never add charcoal starter fluid to the grill once the coals have already been ignited.

For Sun Exposure

Because kids (and adults) like to spend time outdoors during this holiday, it’s imperative that proper sun safety is practiced. Direct sun exposure should be avoided between 10am and 4pm, sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be worn and water should be consumed regularly to avoid overheating.

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.

What Happens During a Heat Stroke

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During summer, the risk of a heat stroke is significantly increased. If you’re planning to be outdoors during the hottest time of the year, it’s important to know the signs of a heat stroke and what exactly happens to your body during one.

What Is A Heat Stroke?

A heat stroke, a form of hyperthermia, occurs when your body temperature rises abnormally high (104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) and is accompanied by other physical symptoms. It’s not uncommon for a heat stroke to be confused for heat cramps or heat exhaustion, two other forms of hyperthermia; however, these are much less severe. You may also hear a heat stroke referred to as a sun stroke. Heat strokes should not be confused with an actual stroke. The term “stroke” is normally used to describe a decreased oxygen flow to the brain.

How Do You Identify A Heat Stroke?

Many people misidentify heat strokes as heart attacks since the symptoms are similar. Symptoms of a heat stroke may occur quickly and without warning. They include high body temperature, flushed skin, increased pulse, trouble breathing, confusion, agitation, seizure and more.

How Can You Prevent A Heat Stroke?

If possible, avoid physical activity in hot weather. If physical activity is unavoidable, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks. Loose, lightweight clothing and hats can help keep you cool. Never leave infants, children or pets unattended in a car that’s not in use as this can lead quickly to a heat stroke or even death.

If you believe you are suffering from a heat stroke, it’s imperative you seek medical attention immediately. 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.

Practicing Pool Safety

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While the pool can be an enjoyable way to cool off during the hot days of summer, it can also be dangerous. Many people think children are the only ones at risk of drowning, but the truth is that even adults can drown when proper pool safety isn’t practiced. If you are planning to spend time poolside this summer, there are a few rules you should follow to ensure a safe, fun swimming experience.

Follow the rules. This may seem like a no brainer, but the pool rules should always be obeyed.  Typically, rules will include no running, pushing or dunking.

Swim with a buddy. People of all ages, even adults, should always make sure there is someone else in or near the water any time someone is swimming.

Learn CPR. This is a smart thing to do no matter what. Knowing CPR could be the difference between life and death, especially in a drowning situation.

Steer clear of pool drains. If a drain is faulty, limbs, hair or clothing can easily become entangled in it. If you are a pool owner and are concerned your drain is faulty, contact your pool service provider to have your drain inspected.

Keep a first aid kit nearby. It’s a good idea to have a first aid kit with scissors, bandages, antibiotics and other safety supplies near the pool.

If you own a pool and are looking to practice proper pool safety, there are a few things you should do. First, install four-sided fencing that will keep your pool separates from the house and additional yard area. Secondly, keep the pool and deck clear of toys, balls and other items that may encourage children to play in the pool unsupervised.

For more healthy 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 Treat Dehydration

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When your body loses too much fluid, dehydration can occur. This may happen when you stop drinking water or if you lose large amounts of water via diarrhea, vomiting, sweating or exercise.  If you’re not drinking enough, you may also experience muscle cramps and feel faint.

If you’ve just started to become dehydrated, your body may be able to reabsorb fluid from your blood and other body tissues; however, by the time you’ve reached severe dehydration, won’t have enough fluid in your body to get blood to your organs. While this can be a life-threatening condition, it can also be treated before it reaches a serious level.

If you are working outside and become mildly to moderately dehydrated, you should immediately stop your activity and rest. If you’re in direct sunlight, move into the shade and lie down. Try to drink a rehydration drink as soon as possible. It’s important that you rest and take it easy for at least 24 hours after you’ve experienced mild dehydration.

When you’re treating your mild dehydration at home, there are a few symptoms you should watch for. More serious dehydration, decreased alertness, dizziness or lightheadedness and decreased urination are all reasons to seek medical attention.

To avoid dehydration, it’s essential that you drink plenty of water before, during and after you are planning to be active.  Consider bringing a container of water or sports drink any time you will be exerting yourself for one hour or longer, especially outdoors, and try to drink at least once every 15 to 20 minutes.

If you believe you are suffering from moderate to severe dehydration, 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.

Best Flowers to Plant in May

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Perhaps you are one of those gardeners that is fully prepared each season to plant fresh, new flowers. Or, maybe you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum, not remembering to buy flowers until the season is nearly over. If you’re worried you’ve waited too long to plant spring flowers, fear not, you can still grow many types of plants in May.

Sunflowers

One of the most popular annual flowers is the sunflower. Known for their cheerful color, sunflower seeds take four to six days to germinate when they are planted in the middle or end of May. This will allow them to fully mature by early September at the latest. When properly maintained, a sunflower can grow to be 4 to 5 feet tall.

Marigolds

Another popular annual flower commonly grown in May is the marigold, coming in between 8 and 36 inches tall. This flower is known for being easy to care for and vibrantly colorful. Oftentimes marigolds are used to deter insects and other pests that commonly damage fruits and vegetables. Marigolds do best when given full sun exposure.

Zinnias

When planted in May, this flower typically blooms in late June or July and can appear in a variety of colors and sizes. Normally, zinnias will grow to be 2 to 3 feet tall, performing best when given partial shade in well-draining, fertile soils.

Health Benefits of Gardening

In addition to creating a nice landscape for your home, gardening also has a number of health benefits. Recent studies have shown that gardening for as little as 30 minutes can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Planting and maintaining flowers can also help you get fresh air and allow your blood to start moving. Digging, planting and weeding are a great light exercise for the elderly or those who have disabilities.

Even if you’re an inexperienced gardener, you can grow and maintain a healthy garden by following these simple tips. For more helpful tips and up-to-date medical information, continue to check 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.