Summertime can be the best time of the year, especially for students out of school. It is filled with lazy days, lounging by the pool or on the beach, with cold drinks and ice cream. There are also all kinds of fun summer sports to enjoy, such as swimming, surfing, skateboarding, body boarding, boogie boarding, volleyball, bonfire games, Frisbee, beach balls, croquet, and many other games. But health problems can occur, if you aren’t careful or prepared.
Dehydration is the most common problem because most people, including me, don’t drink water as much as they should. So, it is important to carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go, just in case. Very active people might need to drink electrolytes. I buy Nuun, which is a natural hydration drink, and it comes in various flavors. The one I once bought was Goji Berry Green Tea flavor. I naturally have low blood pressure because it is common in my family. Even though I don’t like soda anymore, I always have a bottle of 7UP and Ginger Ale in my refrigerator, just in case my blood pressure goes to low and I feel like fainting.
Heat Exhaustion is from extreme dehydration, which is like what happens on the reality show, Survivor. These contestants have to exert themselves in various athletic challenges and games, with minimal food and water intake, which is kind of like anorexia nervosa. No wonder they look like shit. Heat exhaustion should be taken seriously because if you blood pressure drop too low, then you are likely to lose consciousness, stop sweating, get the chills, or just faint. It could lead to heat stroke.
Swimmer’s Ear is an infection of the outer ear canal, which is caused by water that has lots of bacteria. You can treat it naturally by creating your own mixture, which is 50% alcohol and 50% vinegar, and place few drops into each ear. But in worse conditions, the person might need prescription antibiotic drops into each ear. If your condition is very painful, and it has led to hearing reduction, then it is recommended to see a doctor for professional medical care.
Other common health issues include tendinitis, stress fractures, muscle pulls, and sitting at the computer for too long. Before working out or playing any kind of sport, it is recommended to slowly ease into it, rather than just over excitedly jumping into the activity. Do a couple of stretches, such as yoga or Pilates poses, before you work out or participate in a sport activity.
Blisters are one of the issues that I always get. I tend to walk a lot because I am active, and sometimes I walk a lot in cute shoes, which are either too high or just not for walking. I have started to bring along flat comfortable shoes with me, just in case I need to change shoes. And, I found these cool foot headband things to wear around your feet, which help me a lot. When I wear certain shoes, like clogs, flats, and new shoes, in which the top part may rub too much against the top of your feet too much until it cuts through your skin. Then, the next day, it is all painful blisters. And, I usually end up putting some kind of ointment on it, before placing a Band-Aid over the area, which heals fast.
Bug bites are very common. But, luckily, I haven’t had any bug or mosquito bites for a while. Most people use repellents to keep bugs and mosquitos off them, while other people have learned to respect the bees and stop bothering these busy insects. The only times a bee stung me when I was a kid was when I started with them, chasing them and bothering them to try to catch one. When I started to ignore bees, they stopped stinging me, which indicates that they were just fighting back.
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac are common issues for hikers and bikers. These create rashes that last up to two weeks. To prevent having these rashes, it is recommended that you avoid shrubs and vines that have three leaves on one stem. Poison Sumac will have paired and pointed leaves, and sometimes there are some greenish-white berries on the stem. If you think you have accidentally touched these plants, don’t touch your face or any other body part because it could spread to other areas of your body and create a rash all over your body. It is best to immediately take a shower and scrub your hands and all areas which you feel had contact with this plant, with soap and warm water. Then, wash your clothes that you were wearing.
And, of course, the most popular problems that always happen during the summertime is sunburns. It is usually not a big deal, except you will be red and sore for a while until the red turns to a nice tan. But some people might suffer more than others. It is therefore best to always carry sunblock with you. And, nowadays, there is sunblock in most makeup foundations for women. Because I am older now, I buy foundation with sunblock and I wear it under my makeup. I do this especially for those days when I am at outdoor activities for a long time under the sun, such as festivals, events, and outdoor parties.