Summertime is a season associated with hours of outdoor fun for the entire family. However, it’s also important to be aware of potential health risks while you enjoy fun in the Tampa sun. Your Tampa hospital’s ER is open 24/7 to assist with medical emergencies at any time of night or day.
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than it takes in. This condition can easily occur on hot summer days when your body sweats. While mild dehydration may only cause discomfort, such as headaches and lethargy, severe dehydration is a serious medical emergency that requires treatment at a hospital. Dehydration can happen at any time, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Make sure to bring plenty of water with you when you visit the beach, go hiking, and take part in other outdoor activities this summer. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day will help you prevent dehydration.
Solar radiation can reach the Earth whether it is sunny, cloudy, hot, or cold. However, sunburns are more likely during the summer because you are more likely to spend long hours outdoors in the sun. Sunburns can cause pain, blistering, and peeling of the skin, but are not usually a major medical emergency. However, repeated sunburns can put you at risk for skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Always wear a sunscreen product with SPF 15 or higher when spending time outdoors. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every one to two hours to ensure continued coverage. If you do get sunburned, over-the-counter medication can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Aloe vera or hydrocortisone cream can soothe skin irritated by overexposure to the sun.
Memorial Hospital of Tampa wants you and your family to enjoy a healthy, happy summer this year. We are here to serve our Tampa community with a full spectrum of medical services including digestive health, wound care, surgical services, and emergency care. Please call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (813) 873-6400 or click through our website to learn more about our community hospital.