Staying Healthy At A Summer BBQ Part 2

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Earlier this week we discussed how you can stay healthy at a summer bbq through the things you consume, like fully cooked food, water, alcohol, and some summer salads. If you are celebrating summer at a bbq here are some ways you can stay safe through you environment. Poison ivy is no doubt extremely uncomfortable for those who come in contact with its oils. Know what poison ivy, sumac, and oak look like so you can stay healthy. Bounce houses are a lot of fun, but they can be a place for unwanted injuries. Make sure you are following all safety precautions. Wear sunscreen and reapply as needed. Be mindful of a nervous dog that might bite. Dogs can get territorial at their home, make sure you avoid a dog bite. The healthcare providers at Stony Creek Urgent Care Center are available in two New Haven County locations: Branford and Orange. We are…continue reading

Staying Healthy At A Summer BBQ Part 1

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Summer bbq celebrations are so much fun: family, friends, fun times, and food. Even when you are celebrating, staying healthy should still remain top of mind. Below are a few ways where you can stay healthy at a summer bbq: Fully cooked food. Many people enjoy burgers, steaks, chicken and the like off the grill. But consuming raw or under cooked meats many increase your risk of foodborne illness. This type of illness is quite uncomfortable as it often causes diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chills, and fever. Be mindful of mayonnaise-based salads. With summer temperatStay res upon us, there are extra concerns that go into food at a summer bbq. The FDA warns to stick to the two-hour rule when leaving foods out in room temperature; and if the air temperature is over 90 degrees, it becomes a one-hour rule. Stay hydrated. It is so very important to make sure…continue reading

Keeping Kids Healthy During Summer Vacation

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School’s out for summer and if your community isn’t out yet, it will be shortly. Summertime is a time for being active outdoors, trying new things, and making the most of longer daylight. Even if you’re out there having fun, illness and injury can still work their way into the summer fun. Stay Active. It’s no secret that kids (and adults too) who are active remain healthier throughout their life. Stay hydrated. Make sure you are drinking enough water to keep your body healthy and cool during summertime activities. Be careful. Kids love to run around playing outdoors. But sometimes tag can turn into an injury. Whether it’s a sprained ankle or wrist, the healthcare providers at Stony Creek Urgent Care got you covered. Use sun protection. Keeping  your skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays is critical for staying healthy over the summer. This is just a list to…continue reading

What Is Sinusitis?

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Sinusitis, or a sinus infection can be quite uncomfortable with an aching headache, face pain, runny nose, and nasal congestion. While colds are caused by viruses, sinus infections can be caused by the following; A viral cold can turn into a sinus infection Fungal infections Bacterial infections Regular exposure to pollutants Nasal polyps/tumors Changes in altitude Allergies Structural abnormalities like a deviated septum Other medical conditions If you are suffering from a sinus infection, come on in to Stony Creek Urgent Care Center. Our medical professionals can diagnose and treat this type of illness and get you back on your feet feeling better. Visit us at two convenient shoreline locations: Branford and Orange!

What Is Dehydration? And Why You Need To Be Aware Of It

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Dehydration happens when your body loses too much water without replacing it, which prevents your body from performing its normal functions. It can also impact emotions and performance, whether at work or athletic, because when our body feels tired, we lack energy. The interference that comes from dehydration  can stress our organs and, in some cases, cause illnesses, fatigue and more. Being in a hot climate and enduring physical activity can deplete our body’s fluids, which makes drinking plenty of water essential in warmer climates, especially during the hot summer months, as well as before, during and after exercising. Hot climates and exercise are probably the most common factors of dehydration but there’s plenty of other causes: Sweating: Whether you’re sweating from exercise, being outside in hot weather, or being sick with a fever, it causes your body to lose its fluids. Diarrhea: When you consume something that doesn’t agree with you…continue reading

Tips To Avoid Common Summer Allergies

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Summer is a great time to be outside, go on vacation, and visit places, and do other outdoor activities. However, people who suffer from summertime allergies may have a more difficult time experiencing summer fun. Summer comes with a variety of allergens. With fully bloomed trees, green grass, flowers, different foods, etc, summertime allergies are more common than people think. Pollen is an allergen that seems to be present year-round, notorious for causing nasal allergies. Known to be more common in the spring and fall, nasal allergies can be just as bad in the summer. This is due to grass pollen, which causes people to suffer from severe sneezing, congestion, and an itchy nose. Since pollen is an airborne allergen, it’s best to keep an eye on the pollen counts and stay indoors when they are highest. Avoid hanging clothes outside to dry, as the summer pollen can stick to clothes and…continue reading