Summer sun brings longer days and endless opportunities for enjoying the outdoors, but it also brings an increased chance for injury.
Sprains, strains, rashes and bites can end a fun summer day in an instant. Here are four of the most common summer-related injuries we see at Alliance Xpress, and how to prevent and/or manage the pain.
With summer sports in full swing, and fall sports just around the corner, the number of sports injuries during this time of year are high. According to Stanford Children’s Health, more than 3.5 million children and teens are injured while participating in organized sports or other physical activities.
Healthline lists the following as the most common types of sports injuries:
- Sprains. Sprains are the result of over-stretching or tearing a ligament.
- Strains. Over-stretching or tearing muscles or tendons can lead to a strain.
- Knee injuries. Knee injuries involve anything that interferes with how the knee joint moves.
- Fractures. Breaking a bone is referred to as a bone fracture.
- Dislocations. When a bone is forced out of its socket, it is called a dislocation.
Most sports injuries can be helped by using what is often referred to as the RICE method: rice, ice, compression and elevation. For best results, the RICE method should be started within the first 24 to 36 following an injury.
While many sports injuries do not need medical attention, be sure to seek care if you experience difficulty breathing, dizziness, fever, severe swelling and pain, weakness or inability to put weight on the affected joint. When in doubt, give us a call!
Stings from bees, wasps and hornets can be extremely painful, and potentially deadly to those with severe allergies.
The American Academy of Dermatology offers the following advice for dealing with stings.
- Stay calm. Walk slowly away from the site of the attack to ensure that you do not receive additional stings.
- Get the stinger out quickly. The longer the stinger stays in the skin, the more venom will be released, resulting in additional pain and swelling.
- Wash the site of the sting with soap and water.
- Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling.
- Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve pain and swelling.
If other parts of your body besides the site of the sting begin to swell, like your face or neck, go to the Emergency Room immediately.
Other signs of an allergic reaction might include difficulty breathing, nausea, hives or dizziness.
While most tick bites cause only minor irritations like redness, swelling or a sore on the skin, some ticks carry and transmit diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cases of tick-borne diseases have more than doubled in the last two decades, up from 22,527 in 2004 to 47,743 in 2018.
Use caution when walking in areas that are heavy in brush, as ticks live in dense areas. Wear long sleeves and long pants, and consider tucking your pants into your socks. Spraying your skin and clothes with insect repellents containing DEET can add another layer of protection. When you get home, check your entire body for ticks.
If you find a tick attached to your body, follow these tips provided by Mayo Clinic.
- Remove the tick using fine-tipped tweezers by grasping the tick as close to your skin as possible. Gently pull out the tick using a slow and steady upward motion. Do not twist or squeeze the tick.
- Place the tick in a sealed container so that you may show a doctor if an issue arises.
- Wash your hands and the bite site with warm water and soap.
You should seek medical attention if you were not able to fully remove the tick or if a rash develops around the site of the bite.
Seek Emergency Room care if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe headache
- Fever or chills
- Difficulty breathing
- Heart palpitations
Fish Hook Accidents
Many people look forward to throwing out their first fishing line all winter long. While a fun summer activity, fishing can also be dangerous if proper care and attention are not given. One of the most common fishing injuries involves getting a fish hook stuck somewhere in your body.
You should never attempt to remove fish hooks near eyes, joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, or arteries. For removing a fish hook, an urgent care like Alliance Xpress can help!
Call your healthcare provider if your tetanus immunization is not up to date or if the wound begins to show signs of infection.
For help with these common summer injuries, contact us at our Dublin or Covington offices.