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Health Dangers of Summer

4 Health Dangers of Summer

Nothing beats the lazy days of Summer, when you're toughest decision is to go to the beach or to hit the pool? I hate to rain on your sunny day, but unfortunately, there are some commonplace health hazards you should watch out for. Here are four things to keep in mind as you enjoy the warmer weather and longer days.

  1. The pool: Even though the water is treated with chemicals, studies show that one in eight public pools contain water borne bacteria such as E. coli and Giardia, that could make you really sick. Do not swallow the pool water, try not to rub your eyes, and shower afterward with hot water and soap.
  2. Undercooked meat and food that's been left out: When going to a friend's barbecue, choosing meat that isn't rare is a good way to avoid salmonella, but keep in mind that color isn't necessarily a good indication. Meat should be cooked to at least 160 degrees, so buy your friend a meat thermometer, so you can all avoid food poisoning. Also beware of potato salad and other perishables that have been left out. In the hot Summer sun, don't eat anything that's been out for more than an hour.
  3. Sun exposure: The sun can put you at risk for sunburns, heat stroke, and dehydration. Lube up with sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and try to stay cool.
  4. Bugs: Warm weather brings out buzzing mosquitoes, which can bring with them diseases like West Nile Virus. To protect yourself, bug spray is a good idea. Watch out for ticks too since they can transmit Lyme disease. Wear tall socks, pants, and long sleeves when going into woodsy areas, and check your skin every time you come inside.
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