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Fireworks

Bites

We're spending so much time outdoors during the long days of the summer, and
along with the sunshine and warmth come bugs and bites. With outdoor pests:
Unscented is best.
When you know you
will be spending time
outdoors, consider using
unscented hair products
and lotions.
If you start to experience swelling in
your throat or lips, go
straight to the closest
emergency department.
Dawn and dusk are
the most active times for
mosquitoes. Consider

wearing long sleeves
and long pants to keep
them off your skin. Don't
scratch the bite-that
makes the inflammation
worse and can cause
an infection.
"Seek medical attention to rule out West Nile
virus if you get bit by a
mosquito and you start
experiencing flu-like
symptoms, muscle weakness or confusion within

two weeks of your bite,"
says Kimberly Bates, MD,
director of Northside
Hospital Gwinnett's
Internal Medicine
Residency program.
To protect yourself
from ticks, wear long
pants and tuck them into
your socks. If you find
that a tick has attached,
use tweezers and gently
remove it.

Heat

You know how hot the summer days can get here in Georgia. While you are enjoying
long days at the lake or in the backyard, it's important to keep the following in mind:
Stay hydrated
throughout the
day by drinking
water regularly.

Wear clothes
that are loosefitting, lightcolored and
lightweight.

Avoid caffeine
and alcohol,
as these will
dehydrate you.

Exercise in the
early morning or
late evening to
avoid the hottest
part of the day.

What's an Independence Day
celebration without some
fireworks? They may look
pretty in the sky and are fun
to watch, but fireworks can be
dangerous, even though they
are legal here in Georgia.
According to the Consumer
Product Safety Commission,
more than 9,000 fireworks injuries were treated in emergency
departments across the U.S.
in 2018.
Romeo Massoud, MD,
medical director of Trauma
Services at Northside Hospital
Gwinnett, offers these important tips if you are shooting off
fireworks during your summer celebrations:
Keep a bucket of water
and water hose nearby to
extinguish any fireworks that
don't go out.
Use a bucket of water
to soak used fireworks
before throwing them in
the trash can.
Never point fireworks at
anyone, and stay clear of the
person setting off fireworks.
If you have pets, keep
them in a safe and secure
place so they don't run off.
Never try to relight fireworks that go out or don't
fully light.
If you or your loved one
is injured by a firework, seek
medical attention immediately.

Also, here's what you should do during each of the four stages of heat illness:

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Heat rash:
Move to the shade.
Heat cramps:
Move to a cool area, rest
and hydrate.

Heat exhaustion:
Get to a cool area, lie
down, drink lots of water,
apply cold compresses,
if available, and seek
medical attention.

Heatstroke: Call 911,
then move to a cool area,
loosen clothing and apply
a cold compress while
waiting for an ambulance.

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