The summer season means an increase in recreational activities for both kids and adults. Unfortunately, this can also mean an increase in sun and sports related injuries including burns, dehydration, sprains and fractures. It can be confusing deciding which injuries need treatment and where to treat them. A trip to a St Augustine Urgent Care Center , such as Med One, is often the best answer for the treatment of common summer injuries.
Summer Injury 101
- Sunburns: We all know the importance of applying and reapplying sunscreen when out in the summer sun. But if you do get burnt, seek medical treatment if the burn is severe with blisters and if it covers a large portion of your body.
- Heat Exhaustion: Strenuous outdoor activities in the sun and heat can cause dehydration and your body to overheat. If you experience dizziness, headaches, nausea and excessive sweating, you may have heat exhaustion. If the symptoms are persistent and severe, visit an urgent care center right away.
- Insect bites: Bugs in North Florida are a part of life and mostly a small annoyance, but sometimes a bite or sting can cause an allergic reaction. Mild reactions such as rapidly spreading redness, hives, swelling beyond the sting site, pain and flu-like symptoms can be treated at an urgent care center
- Strains, sprains and fractures: Summer is a great time for outdoor sports, camps and recreational activities. If you do get injured, a visit to an urgent care facility, such as Med One, can determine if there is a fracture or break and will ensure the injury is properly treated.
- Food Poisoning: Everyone loves a summer party but perishable food can spoil quickly if left out in the heat. If you have persistent symptoms of food poisoning such as diarrhea and vomiting that last for more than a couple of days, seek medical attention.
- Swimmer’s Ear: Long summer days of swimming can lead to painful swimmers ear, especially in children. Visit an urgent care facility for eardrops to treat the pain and heal the infection before it gets worse.
- Cuts and Lacerations Requiring Stiches: Common summer recreational activities such as biking, surfing, diving, and boating can lead to accidents that result in cuts and lacerations. If your wound is large, deep and bleeding excessively, seek treatment. MedOne Urgent Care is equipped to handle minor cuts as well as complex laceration
When should I visit an urgent care center?
Urgent care centers are equipped to treat a large variety of health concerns that are not life threatening. They offer high quality medical care that is often more convenient and less costly than visits to the emergency room. Urgent care is the ideal option for treatment of most common summer injuries including:
- Insect & animal bites
- Cuts that require stitches
- Sprains and fractures
- Swimmer’s Ear
- Dehydration and heat exhaustion
- Food poisoning
- Summer colds, coughs & fever
When should I visit an Emergency Room?
Visit the ER if you believe your injury may be life threatening. Warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Severe chest or back pain
- Heart palpitations
- Sudden loss of vision
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Confusion or changes in mental state
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe head injury
- Coughing or vomiting blood
MedOne Urgent Care Is Here for You This Summer
Unless your injury is life threatening, MedOne is ALWAYS the better alternative to the Emergency Room. Stop on by, no appointment necessary, and our licensed medical professionals will provide you with the highest quality care for your summer injuries and illness.