While most people think of fall and winter as the times of year when they need to be concerned with getting sick, summer has its own unique opportunities for people to develop illnesses that they’d rather avoid.
To help you learn where you should have your guard up and what you can do to best protect yourself and your family, here are three common summertime illnesses and how to avoid them.
Although the growing summer vegetation is beautiful to look at, for those who have allergies, summer can be a torturous time to be outside and around all that plant life.
To combat your summer allergies, you’ll want to make sure that you’re breathing as clean of air as possible. According to Dr. Nayana Ambardekar, a contributor to WebMD.com, you can keep the air in your home cleaner and free of allergens by doing things like keeping your windows closed, regularly changing the air filter in your air conditioner unit, and washing your bedding and other linens very often. And if you’re planning to be outside, make sure you check to see the allergen level so you can determine how to best protect yourself, like by wearing a mask or limiting your time outdoors.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Summer is a very common time for kids to come down with hand, foot, and mouth disease. This illness, which tends to easily be spread around swimming areas where children in diapers have been playing, can cause painful sores on the mouth, feet, and hands.
To keep yourself and your kids from getting this sickness, Dr. Vincent Ianneli, a contributor to Very Well Health, shares that you should teach your kids proper hand hygiene. By ensuring that your kids effectively wash their hands before eating food or touching their faces, you can hopefully reduce the chances of them being exposed to the virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth.
Summer is prime time for bugs and other creepy crawlies. Depending on what kind of bugs you’ve been bitten by, the symptoms or sickness you could experience will vary.
According to FastMed.com, the best way to keep almost all bugs from biting you and causing some kind of illness is to avoid getting bug bites in the first place. To most effectively do this, try to wear clothes than cover your skin when you’re outside. Additionally, you can use bug spray or other repellants to give you another layer of protection.
Nothing takes a higher priority than your health and the health of your family. To help everyone maintain that this summer, consider implementing some of the health and safety tips mentioned above.