Enjoy The Summer Without Putting Your Health at Risk

Summer is one of the most anticipated times of the year. But if the right measures aren't taken, it carries some health risks. We'll give you some recommendations so you can enjoy the summer safely here!
Enjoy The Summer Without Putting Your Health at Risk

Last update: 25 July, 2021

To enjoy the summer without putting your health at risk, you need to implement certain preventive measures. While it’s true that it’s a season characterized by good weather and fun, it also carries certain risks of injury and illness.

What do you need to know?

First of all, studies have shown that during the summer season, visits to emergency rooms increase due to various illnesses. Many are typical of the season, while others are the consequence of lack of care and exposure to dangerous activities.

How can you reduce the risks?

Let’s take a look!

7 preventative health measures to enjoy the summer

The good weather during the summer, coupled with the vacations, makes this season one of our favorite times of the year.

And although the general atmosphere invites you to relax, you must take certain precautions to protect your health from the risks associated with the season and its activities. Here are a few tips.

1. Moderate your exposure to the sun

This is certainly the most frequent recommendation for this time of year. Fortunately, you can protect yourself from sunlight in a simple way. All you have to do is practice the following:

  • Wear a hat to protect your head.
  • Wear light, light-colored clothing to keep cool.
  • Apply sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it every two to three hours. Also, repeat its use after getting out of the water.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Stay in the shade between eleven o’clock in the day and four o’clock in the afternoon to avoid the hours of highest UV radiation.
A woman sitting at the beach, wearing sunscreen.
Adequate sun protection’s one way to enjoy the summer without putting your health at risk.

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2. Staying hydrated

There’s a lot of talk about taking care of your hydration levels, but it’s also important to drink clean beverages. You should consume two to two and a half liters of water, preferably bottled or filtered. Tap water can increase the risk of intestinal infection.

This is very important, especially if you’re traveling to very hot areas or abroad. The same applies to prepared drinks; always look for a place with hygienic measures. You should never consume drinks prepared in improvised or unhygienic places.

3. Take extreme precautions when swimming

Summer is also the time to enjoy the water, but you have to do it with all the necessary precautions. On the beach, you should only swim in the areas designated for that purpose, and make sure that there are lifeguards on duty. The golden rule for divers and swimmers is never to swim alone. Any situation can be fatal if there’s no one around to help you.

As for diving headfirst into the water, this should only be done if you know the depth of the site. Unsafe diving in shallow water can cause serious injuries. Three very important situations to avoid for safety reasons are the following:

  • Swimming in the sea at night
  • Swimming after a heavy meal
  • Swimming in the sea or swimming pools after drinking alcohol

4. Preventing diarrhea

In addition to drinking water precautions, you should also watch what you eat. Whether you prepare it yourself or eat it in a restaurant, it’s always advisable to observe proper hygiene.

Just remember that it’s the hot season, so food spoils faster. Therefore, you must pay attention to the following:

  • Keep all perishable food in the refrigerator.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before preparing or consuming food.
  • If seafood products are consumed, they should be fresh and should never be eaten raw or undercooked.

5. Protect yourself from mosquitoes to enjoy summer

Mosquito bites are very annoying, as they cause itching. They can also be serious if they transmit infectious agents such as those that cause West Nile fever, dengue fever, or malaria. The latter tend to be transmitted by mosquito bites in tropical regions of the world.

Therefore, in case of traveling abroad to enjoy the summer, it’s important to be informed about the areas where these diseases may spread. To prevent mosquito bites and other insect bites, you should be sure to use a good insect repellent. It’s also useful to wear clothing that covers most of your body.

6. Travel with the usual medications

In summer, short or long-distance trips are very frequent. But before going on the road, you need to make sure to take your usual medication.

In addition, this summer has one more detail: The pandemic. Therefore, if you’re going to travel internationally, you need to make sure you’re aware of travel conditions and vaccination requirements.

It’s also important to keep medications away from sunlight and heat. Remember that there are drugs that produce photosensitivity. If you have doubts about this, the best thing to do is to consult a physician.

An older woman taking a pill with water.
In case of travel, you need to prepare all of the medications that you use regularly. In addition, you need to find out if some of them cause photosensitivity.

7. Enjoy summer without overdoing it or taking risks

During the summer, some places can be a lot of fun and have a great party atmosphere. But everyday dangers are present all the time. If you drink alcohol, be careful not to overdo it and forget about driving any vehicle.

If you decide to have casual sex, protection against sexually transmitted diseases is essential. To take care of your health in the summer, you should apply common sense and don’t do anything you wouldn’t do any other day.

Consult a doctor whenever necessary

When leaving home, it’s important to know where to get medical attention. If something’s wrong with your health, the best thing to do is to consult a doctor. The doctor will be the only one with the authority to take care of any problem, whether it’s an illness, an infection, or an injury.

In any case, the most important thing is to maintain an attitude of prevention and care during all the activities of this season. Avoiding risks is the best way to enjoy the summer without putting your health at risk.

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