Seasonal Illnesses to be Aware of During the Summer

Heat rash is self-explanatory– a rash that’s caused by the heat. Most commonly, the rash forms under wet clothes during humid and hot conditions.

Adults rarely suffer from heat rash, but young children can develop it very quickly. The heat rash may cause some itching and slight discomfort, but it should clear up on its own in a few days.

Sunburn

Did you know that it takes just 15 minutes for sun damage to occur? In only a short time outside without SPF, you’re susceptible to sunburn. To help prevent sunburn, you should apply a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Sunscreen requires re-application every 2 hours you stay outside in the sun, or after each time you get wet. Even cloudy and overcast days can lead to sunburn if your skin is left unprotected.

Headache

People report a higher number of headaches during the summer months. There isn’t a simple explanation for this, but dehydration and overheating are the likely cause for most summer headaches. You should drink water before you feel thirsty to avoid dehydration.

Find a shady or air-conditioned area to cool off if you begin to feel hot, this may help stop the headache before it starts. If you’re suffering from a headache that won’t let up, an over the counter pain reliever should do the trick.

Summer Colds

Colds aren’t just for the winter months! The summer cold is different from a winter cold because it’s often accompanied by a low-grade fever. If you’re suffering from a summer cold, turn to traditional cold remedies to help relieve the symptoms. You may also be suffering from allergies that you’re mistaking for a cold. If the symptoms don’t go away, talk to your doctors about the possibility of allergies rather than a summer cold.

Most summer illnesses can be treated at home, but if you find yourself with an illness that won’t let up, schedule a visit with your primary care provider. Remember to stay calm and hydrated during all your summer activities. The heat is an excellent change from winter, but it comes with plenty of hidden dangers!