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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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Spectra Spectra 7 years
If there is anything in the pool water, the chlorine they add to it will kill MOST things, but it's still not good to drink the water. Giardia is more of a risk that you incur when you swim in lakes/ponds because animals poop in those bodies of water. As far as food poisoning risks, you should avoid foods in general that are uncooked and contain a lot of protein (think eggs, tuna, mayo, cooked chicken, fish, etc.). You can easily get staph aureus, which will make you sick almost instantly. And definitely be careful about eating grilled meats. If you are cooking brats, parcook them before you grill them so there is no chance that they could be raw.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
The color filter is a myth:
delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
Ugh, mosquitos are on their way... D:<
OChottie OChottie 8 years
I thought the color thing was a myth, to scare you out of doing it.
Feesje Feesje 8 years
Haha, I didn't know about a coulour filter; that's hilarious! :)
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Yes people, especially young children, relieve themselves in the swimming pool! Some pools have a colour filter on the water so that the stream of urine shows up purple if somebody does it. =) I am not OVERLY concerned by this since urine is pretty sterile anyway !!
bluebird bluebird 8 years
mamasitamali: 1. fish poop in the ocean. there are tons of waste floating around in the ocean. polluted rivers flow into the ocean. 2. e-coli I could go on, but it's really a six-to-one, half-a-dozen to the other situation. Nothing is really safe. And danni2009, your eyes sting because there's such a high concentration of chlorine in public and some private pools.
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
What is it suggested I do if my eyes start stinging in the pool then? And ewwww, I've never known of anybody to relieve themselves in the pool-that happens?!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
so: 1. swim in the ocean 2. be a vegetarian (fresh summer vegetables! yesssss!) 3. sunscreen 4. bug spray GO SUMMER!
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