Avoiding Sunburn

Everyone loves a good tan! That’s what summer seems to be about, isn’t it? However, avoiding overexposure to the sun is critical for preventing bad tans and sunburn. Why is this important? Overexposure (and that does not mean a burn) can lead to skin cancer.  Spending too much time in the sun is not healthy for your skin cells. #1 Wear lightweight long-sleeve shirts and pants. What’s the best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (UVR)?...

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Beach Safety

Heading to the Beach? Let’s do it right! Here are some tips on how to be safe at the beach! #1 Bring plenty of sunscreen and lightweight clothing to protect you from the sun! You will need to have ways to escape the sun so be sure to bring ways to cover up. Be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen as well to keep your skin looking youthful. Tents, tarps, sunshades . . . make sure to check yourself and...

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JellyFish Stings

jelly fish stings

What better way to spend a hot summer day than on the beach frolicking in the sand? Playing in the ocean way can be invigorating and . . .  sometimes . . . painful if you encounter a jellyfish. Jellyfish stings are painful. According to the Mayo Clinic,  “Common signs and symptoms of jellyfish stings include: Burning, prickling, stinging pain Red, brown or purplish tracks on the skin — a "print" of the tentacles' contact with your skin Itching Swelling...

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Fish Hook Injuries

fish hook injuries

Accidents happen all the time. At UNI Urgent Care, we know this better than anyone. In the summertime, fish hook injuries are more common as folks venue out on the water to escape the heat or enjoy the day. A father is teaching his son how to cast, and the son has caught his first big “fish”...his father. We have a few tips on handling these fishing mishaps! On a boat, or in a fishing tackle box, it’s important to...

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Ear Infections in the Summer

ear infection in the summer

While ear infections are more prominent in the winter months, summer can mean ear infections. Why? Swimming and allergies. What is an ear infection? From the Mayo Clinic, “An ear infection (acute otitis media) is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear . . . [E]ar infections frequently are painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.” If you suffer from seasonal allergies related to pollen, you might experience congestion from...

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What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

We wanted to give resources and updates on the current status of the Zika virus. For complete up-to-date information about the virus, you can also visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website. The Zika virus is known to cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects. From the CDC, “Zika infection during pregnancy can cause fetuses to have a birth defect of the brain called microcephaly. Other problems have been detected among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before...

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Tips to Staying Healthy While Traveling

Summer is just around the corner and we know what that means… VACATION! Whether you are planning to go on that long awaited cruise or simply taking a plane ride to visit family, we have you covered! Here are some tips on how to stay healthy while traveling! #1 Heading outside the United States? Make sure you have all the necessary shots and vaccines for your trip. Contact us and we can help you get ready with the vaccines you...

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Staying Healthy While Traveling: All About DVT

Summer means travel. Some of us will drive in cars and others will fly in planes. Travel can also mean long periods of sitting still, and for some people, this means an increased risk of developing a DVT (or deep vein thrombosis). From the Mayo Clinic, “DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs.” This is a serious, and potentially fatal condition “because blood clots in...

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