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The dog days of summer are here, which means enjoying outdoor activities with family and friends and eating at barbeques and picnics. While summer brings outdoor fun, there are some health hazards to be aware of, including intense heat, bug bites, food poisoning, and sunburn. Here are some simple ways to help you and your family stay healthy this summer.
Always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 and reapply every two hours. Wear wide-brimmed hats; cover up with lightweight, light colored clothing including breathable fabrics such as cotton; and wear sunglasses that block the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Practice safe food handling when preparing foods such as meat, poultry, and seafood in warmer weather. While warmer weather is ideal for outdoor picnics and barbecues, it also provides a perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens in food to grow, which can cause foodborne illness. Use a meat thermometer to check that grilled meats are cooked thoroughly. Ground beef, for example, should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F in order to kill germs found in raw and undercooked meat. Also, don't cross-contaminate food. Wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch any other food.
Heat exhaustion is the body's response to extreme loss of water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. According to the CDC, heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States from 1979 to 2003. Avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is strongest. Also, stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration.
Signs of Dehydration
Rashes in the summer are often caused by skin contact with poisonous plants such as poison ivy, oak and sumac that are found in many areas throughout the country. Each of these plants contains an oily resin called urushiol that can irritate the skin and cause a rash. The best way to prevent rashes from these plants is to learn to identify them so you can avoid them. Also, when working outside or in the garden, wear a long pair of pants as well as a long-sleeve shirt, boots and gloves. If contact is made, wash all exposed areas with any source of cold running water as soon possible to limit the spread. Wash your clothing as well. If you do have a reaction, remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications can help provide relief.
At Adams Drugs service is our trademark. Locally owned and operated since 1962, we work hard everyday to make sure that our patients understand the use of their medicine to lead better and healthier lives. Unlike most drugstores, you won't find cigarettes or beer for sale. What you will find are a friendly, knowledgeable staff that have time to talk to you about your prescriptions and over-the-counter items.
We have eight convenient locations. Five in Montgomery, which include: Adams Drugs Central on Adams Avenue, Adams Drugs East on Mitchell Drive, Adams Drugs South on McGehee Road, Adams Drugs on Taylor Road, and Adams Drugs on Vaughn Road. We are also located in Prattville, Wetumpka, and in Millbrook and we offer city-wide delivery.
Visit one of our convenient locations for the prompt, friendly service Montgomery has counted on for more than 50 years.