Weekly roundup: Independence Day ailments

Oakwood physicians treated patients for many types of summer ailments this week. Here is a quick roundup of what our doctors are seeing – and what you can do to make sure that these illnesses and injuries won’t ruin your Fourth of July plans:

  • Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton is reporting a ??????????????????high rate of cases involving insect bites, rashes, heat exhaustion and slip-and-falls around pools. When you plan to be outside for long periods of time, be sure to wear bug spray, drink plenty of fluids and don’t overdo it. If you start to feel weak, dizzy or nauseated, get to an air-conditioned or shaded area. Finally, enforce “no running” rules around personal and public pools.
  • Paul Malick, DO at Oakwood Healthcare Center – Southgate has seen a lot of patients with upper respiratory illnesses, bronchitis and seasonal allergies. Remember: even during the summer, it’s important to wash your hands frequently and properly to avoid spreading illnesses.
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    Sparklers are a fun way to celebrate, but should only be used with adult supervision.

    The emergency department at Oakwood Hospital – Taylor has seen a considerable amount of minor fireworks injuries. On this Independence Day, Oakwood doctors remind everyone about important safety tips when handling fireworks:

    • While sparklers are pretty to look at, children younger than 5 years old are not coordinated enough to handle them. Children older than five  should be closely supervised by an adult.
    • It’s best to leave other fireworks displays to professionals. Spectators should be at least 50 feet away from fireworks when they’re lit.

From everyone at Oakwood, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!



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