Summer Infection and Injury Prevention

Infections in the feet are common over the summer, especially if you like to spend time barefoot or wearing sandals during the warm months. It’s important to treat cuts and nicks promptly. Often you won’t even notice that you’ve cut your foot, so inspect your feet closely in the shower or before bed and check children’s feet too. If you’ve got a cut, wash it thoroughly, apply Polysporin, and leave it unbndaged and exposed to the air when you go to bed. White blood cells are God’s bandaid!

Bug bites can cause swelling of the lymph nodes around the head and neck. If you’re experiencing this, drink lots of water!

Beware of poison ivy if you explore the islands on Lake Nipissing – not everyone reacts to poison ivy, but for those who are sensitive to it you must treat it like a 3rd-degree burn – have your doctor take a look. Wear long pants, socks and shoes if you’re in an area like the islands where poison ivy is known to grow.

If you get a summer cold, drink tea with lemon juice and local honey – the tannic acid in tea clears mucus, the lemon is a base that neutralizes the tea acids, and honey helps with local allergens that may be contributing to your congestion.

For bumps and bruises, don’t rub them – apply pressure using an ice pack to decrease swelling.

If you go out on the lake, be sure to check the weather before you leave. Lake Nipissing is changeable, weather fronts move in quickly, and a flare gun is only useful if there’s someone to see your flare.

If you go geocaching, beware of bright yellow containers bearing this symbol which may be in the vicinity of your cache’s location. We recently heard about a medical sharps container being mistaken for a geocache – a close call. If you spot a container like this in your travels, report it to the local AIDS committee and don’t open it.

Check out your back yard and look for sources of standing water – these form hatching grounds for mosquitoes which spread West Nile. Clean your bird bath every two days by replacing the water, and if you have a pond make sure to clean the pump’s filter regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

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