Your Guide to Preventing Bug Bites, Sunburns, Swimmer's Ear, and Other Summer Hazards

Summer vacation means more time outdoors, and more skin exposed to hungry mosquitos, the sun’s burning rays, and other hazards. But with a little bit of planning and foresight, you can cut down on the number of summertime accidents and maladies that your family suffers this year.

The dedicated team at Danvers Family Doctors in Danvers, Massachusetts breaks down some of the most common summer dangers, along with helpful tips to keep your family safe all summer long.

Swimmer’s Ear

Did you know that you can get swimmer’s ear without even swimming? Swimmer’s ear is an infection that occurs when moisture and bacteria get caught in the ear canal. While lake water and other non-chlorinated bathing sources are the prime causes of swimmer’s ear, profuse sweating can also create the troublesome mix of bacteria and moisture.

Protect yourself and your kids from swimmer’s ear with the following steps:

Sunburn

Nothing feels better than lying out in the sun … until your skin is peeling, red, and blistered. Sunburns aren’t just painful — they dramatically increase your risk of skin cancer. That’s why protecting yourself from damaging UVA and UVB rays is essential for your long-term health.

To keep your skin healthy for life:

Bug Bites and Bee Stings

It’s great that you think your kids are sweet, but unfortunately, bugs think so, too. Minimize the chance of being stung by ensuring no one in your family looks or smells like a tasty, nectar-rich flower.  

Here are some steps to avoid being a bug’s next meal:

Danger’s Afoot

Simply wearing shoes or sandals outdoors can help you and your kids stay safe this summer. And always wear shower shoes or flip-flops at the gym, beach, or pool.

Untethered feet are subject to dangers such as:

Be sure that you and your kids are up to date with tetanus shots at Danvers Family Doctors, too. Some rusty nails can even puncture soft-soled shoes.

The Doctor Is In

School’s out, but the caring, compassionate doctors at Danvers Family Doctors are in and ready to help. If — despite your best efforts — a bee stung or the sun burned, or some nasty bacteria created a bad case of swimmer’s ear, we’ve got the remedy. Just use the online form to book an appointment or call our friendly office team.

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