Five Common Summer Injuries

Summer isn’t all fun and games as a number of people fall victim to various health issues during the summer season.

  1. Heat-related Illnesses: The good news is that heat-related illnesses are usually not fatal. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than one thousand Americans die from heat-related illnesses each year. Unfortunately, a relatively large number of people do encounter symptoms associated from heat-related conditions, such as nausea, dizziness, headaches and confusion.
  2. Swimming Injuries/Drowning: It’s a tough subject to discuss, but it warrants mentioning that, for children aged one to four, the CDC has found that drowning is the second most common cause of death by unintentional injury (trailing only automobile accidents). Other children can injure themselves by jumping into shallow bodies of water.
  3. Cuts and Burns: Who doesn’t like a good cookout? The downside of such gatherings is the risk of injury; some people are cut from kitchen knives while eating food, while others suffer burns due to grilling accidents or campfire mishaps.
  4. Food Poisoning: A second drawback to BBQs is the threat of food poisoning. During the hottest months of the year, warm weather allows bacteria to fester and spread on food left outdoors.
  5. Insect Bites: There are plenty of insects from June to September that view humans as a source of food with ticks becoming more common every year putting more people at risk of infection.

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