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Archive for July 2017

Protect Your Skin In The Summer

Summer Health, Urgent Care Treatment in Laurel MD

Although the sun shines more in the summer, too much Vitamin D can be detrimental to your skin and health. Overexposure to heat and the sun’s rays can lead to heat strokes, exhaustion, burns, skin tumors and wrinkles. Here are a few ways you can protect your skin in the midst of the blazing summer sun.

Wear Sunscreen

During the Summer it is always important to manage your exposure to the sun and intense temperatures that come with the season. Your body’s core temperature rises significantly when you are outside, and you should always wear sunscreen to protect harmful effects from the sun’s rays.  

Enjoy the AC

When you can, try to stay indoors during peak hours of midday, when the sun is at its highest.  Make good use of your air conditioning and try to reserve cooking and baking for the night time where the outside temperature is cooler. 

Perform Regular Skin Checks 

Along with the summer comes insects such as bees, mosquito, and ticks. Ticks are smaller than a mosquito and can hide in clothing easily. They carry an array of harmful, some diseases such as Lyme disease. Be sure to check for them after outdoor activities. Don’t let those pests ruin your season!

Also, be sure to check for changes with moles and freckles, and check in with a dermatologist.

Wear Layered Clothing

Despite the heat making you want to wear a tank top and shorts, you should wear protective layered-clothing when you plan on being outdoors for activities such as hiking or camping.  Wear light clothing that will not overheat your body, but will protect you from the harmful UV rays.

 

If you’ve faced a painful sunburn, or you think you’re having an allergic reaction to an insect bite, be sure to visit FirstCall Urgent Care for treatment.  For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 410-730-3399.

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Stay Hydrated with These Tips

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The summer is here and so is the hot weather that comes along with it! On those hot and humid days, it is best to take every precaution so that your body is prepared to endure the change in temperature. One of the main focuses on those intolerable days is to stay hydrated! Dehydration can be detrimental toward your health because our bodies are mainly made up of water! Lack of water can affect our everyday body functions for the worse. To avoid the worst case scenario, here are a few steps to take to keep hydrated and well on those hot days!

 

Have a water bottle ready. Our lives can become so busy; getting distracted by the commute to work, errands, or exercising. It is easy to grab a water bottle and run out the door while on the go. Once it is empty, it can always be refilled! Take it easy on the environment and invest in a reusable water bottle!

 

Eat more vegetables and fruits. Produce is a fantastic solution to keep your hydration up because they contain a high water content! Not only will it help keep you hydrated, but your energy level will be up and it is an overall healthy solution!

 

Don’t just drink water. Some people have a hard time just drinking plain water commenting on how it is flavorless. However, you can always change up the same old water routine by incorporating fruit and herbs! An easy go to is just having water with lemon. Try having water with lemon and cucumber slices with a mint leaf! It is colorful, and  is beneficial in many different ways! Cucumbers are already 95 percent water and great for replenishing daily vitamins! The lemon can boost your digestive and immune system. The mint leaf also aids in digestion.
Be weary of your workouts. During heatwaves people are quick to get rid of the water in their body. The body is working to keep your body cool from the heat by sweating. This results in a loss in water. It is best to workout very early in the morning or in the late afternoon after the sun is out of the sky. Have extra bottles of water on hand if you do plan on exercising in unfavorable temperatures!

 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dehydration, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention.  Call or stop by today, no appointment necessary!

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