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How to keep the Holidays Happy, Healthy, and Safe This Season!

The holiday season is here and you’re probably thinking about all the tasty treats, family times, and wintery festivities! But to keep the caroling loud and jolly, you’ll want to ensure that the necessary precautions are made to keep the whole family healthy and safe for the holidays.

The early to mid-winter months can increase your risk of coming into contact with food and airborne allergens, as well as hazardous conditions from the cold weather. So what should you be doing to keep the joyful times safe and risk-free during the holidays?

Kitchen and food safety is paramount to prevent allergies and injuries  

Everyone wants to bake their famous pie or cake and prepare their coveted Christmas dinners with all their fancy kitchen appliances. However, it is important to properly manage a kitchen during the holidays for several reasons.

Many holiday treats and desserts contain common food allergens such as nuts, dairy, and egg. To prevent an allergic reaction, make sure that all guests at a party or function are aware of any possible allergies. Have hypo-allergenic alternatives to prepared dishes as well to limit allergy risk. Simple hand washing and sanitation of cooking apparatuses.

In addition, a busy kitchen could lead to potential burn and cut injuries if the necessary safety precautions are not taken. Limit kitchen burns by wearing protective handwear like oven mitts when handling hot surfaces and dishes. Also, make sure that appliances are overseen by at least one person to reduce potential fires. Sharp cutlery should be handled carefully and stored properly to avoid cuts and lacerations.

Safely remove snow and ice to reduce injury risk

As winter rolls around, the chance of slipping and falling or experiencing frostbite increases. Safe removal of snow and ice can greatly reduce your risk of experiencing an injury.

It is important to pace yourself when removing heavy piles of snow as you could experience muscle strain or elevated physical stress. Take your time as needed to clear off snow and scrape ice as needed.

When outside, wear winter boots or another form of non-slip footwear to prevent slips and falls. Maintaining shovels and snow removal equipment also helps to maintain a safe pace when removing snow and ice.

If you experience an injury or illness during the holiday season, make sure you seek urgent care services unless it is a life-threatening emergency situation.

Just take the time to practice these safety and health tips to enjoy a merry holiday season!

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3 Tips to stay away from Dehydration

We all know what its like to be dehydrated! Unfortunately, our bodies crave liquids every hour or so just to maintain itself. However, dehydration has can be mind or severe! Here are some tips on how to beat dehydration this summer!

1. Get better knowledge of dehydration

Dehydration occurs because our bodies are made up of 65% water. When we dip under this our body needs more to maintain itself. Dehydration can happen very easily so you have to look out for the signs.

2. Know the signs of Dehydration

Mild dehydration signs are simple and can sometimes go undetected.

  • Dry mouth
  • thirst
  • slight headache

If you have severe symptoms of dehydration they might include.

  • Dizziness
  • loss of sight
  • high pulse when sitting or standing
  • blacking out
  • nausea

3. Add water to your diet

If you don’t regularly drink water then you are at risk of dehydration. Incorporating water into your diet could help give you the edge you need on beating dehydration. Drinking water as soon as you wake up helps prep the body for the rest of the day. Specific types of fruits and veggies also have a lot of water in them as well. So if you don’t feel like you can incorporate water into your diet try using foods instead!

If you have a severe dehydration and need to be treated immediately come down to First Call Urgent care now!

 

 

 

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Make sure to stay away from sunburn this summer!

Summertime is the best time of the year to spend some time outside & enjoy the nice weather! Unfortunately, sunburn has become a common norm for us when we go for too long. Sunburn, however, is not something that should be taken lightly. Did you know that the most common cancer is melanoma? Melanoma cancer’s leading cause is sunburn!

What is sunburn?

To understand sunburn we must first think of where it comes from. The sun emits 3 Ultraviolet rays (UV rays) they are

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • UVC

only 2 of these rays make it to the earth’s surface, UVA & UVB. These two ultraviolet rays are actually a form of radiation. As we know our skin cells can only tolerate so much radiation before we burn. When we are exposed to the suns rays for too long we get sunburn which is actually a radiation burn! When someone gets sunburn they are 3 times more likely to develop melanoma cancer.

What are the symptoms of sunburn?

We have all experienced a mild form of sunburn before. The symptoms of a mild sunburn may be

  • redness on skin
  • irritation or pain when touched
  • peeling
  • dehydration

When experiencing these symptoms you can help yourself by moisturizing your skin with lotion. Lotion helps damaged cells, lotion infused with ALO VERA will also help sooth the pain and cool you down. If you do not have access to this, keeping the skin cold will also help with the pain.

Extreme cases of sunburn can include

  • sun blisters
  • puss
  • sun poising
  • high heart rate
  • nausea
  • dehydration
  • blackout
  • extreme pain

If you are experiencing these symptoms you should take yourself to your nearest urgent care because you will not be able to stop these symptoms yourself & you need immediate attention.

How to prevent sunburn

As we all know the best way to prevent sunburn is to use sunblock when you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. However what most people overlook is that if you are

  • swimming
  • running
  • exercising
  • sweating

You need to reapply as soon as you are done. Sunblock wears off the more your body sweats or is in water. Even if you have SPF 50 you could be unprotected as soon as you get out of the pool.  Make sure you stay safe from sunburn for the rest of this summer!

 

 

 

 

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