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.