Fun, Safe Summertime

The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer. It’s summertime in Oklahoma. From the newest technology in clothing to great guides for all ages in sun protection, we have many tips to safely enjoy these summer months!

Sun Protection

First things first, check the expiration date on your sunblock. DO NOT use if expired. If you are needing to purchase sunscreen, make sure it has UVA/UVB protection and is at least SPF 30. This applies to adults, children are different. Children aged 0-6 months should avoid sun exposure and sunblocks are not made for them because of their skin’s sensitivity. For children older than 6 months, a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide is suggested. And EVERYONE should reapply sunblock every hour, being extra careful when exposed to water.

Remember the times between 10am and 4pm the sun is at its strongest. For further protection, there is great clothing now that has built-in technology, helping to block the sun. Also add sunglasses and hats for overall protection. And don’t be fooled by cloud cover. In fact, sun protection should be a year round, everyday routine!

Water Safety

Whether you own a pool, visit the lake, or have a vacation planned for the beach, there are important guidelines for enjoying water activities safely.

-Start swim lessons at an early age.
-Consider becoming CPR certified.
-Never swim alone.
-Swim in designated areas.
-Wear life jackets on all watercraft.
-Know and set limits with time in water.
-Avoid water activities after drinking alcohol.
-Whenever possible, have an accessible phone close by.

Heat Warnings

When temps are 90 degrees or higher, our bodies can become susceptible for heat illness if they are unable to cool down. Your chances increase when humidity is present.

It is crucial to stay hydrated during hot days. Water is the best choice and also drinks that contain electrolytes, helping salt depletion. Caffeinated drinks and alcohol will dehydrate you and should be avoided. Also, wear light-colored, lightweight clothing, during summer days, that doesn’t restrict.

Importantly, certain medications can inhibit the body from normal heat protection. These can include diuretics, blood thinners, antibiotics, allergy medications, medicine for seizures, and some antidepressants. We will be happy to discuss all your medications with you for your peace of mind.

There are two events with overheating…heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Symptoms of heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, pale or cold skin, muscle cramping, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, weakness, confusion, and rapid heartbeat. In addition to those, heatstroke signs are fainting, flushed skin, lack of sweating, difficulty breathing, and seizures. Both events require immediate attention. Move to a shaded or cooler spot. Lie with feet elevated slightly to move blood to heart. Apply cool towels and rehydrate by sipping water. If symptoms do not improve within 30 minutes, or if seizures and/or fainting occurs, call 9-1-1.

Always safety first, then you can FULLY enjoy your summer activities! And if you have any questions regarding summer safety, do not hesitate to give us a call.

Women’s Health – Healthy You, Happy You

May is Women’s Health Care Month. While men and women have the same overall health concerns, women have their own health issues. Deer Creek Family Healthcare and Wellness Clinic is dedicated to providing this specialized care for women.

Reproductive and Sexual

Puberty for girls usually begins between the ages of 8-13, with menstruation starting at 10-15. This can be an exciting, yet confusing change. We ease this transition with education and services. Schedule an appointment for well woman exams, pap smears, PMS symptoms, and birth control consultation and management. Also, we give STD evaluation and treatment. We conduct pregnancy tests and also offer the HPV vaccine, when needed.

These are sensitive topics and we approach your wellness with the utmost attention. We welcome discussion so you will feel comfortable expressing any concern.

Hormone Evaluation and Treatment

Hormones are crucial in regulating the behavior of our bodily functions including: digestion, metabolism, respiration, tissue function, sensory perception, sleep, excretion, lactation, stress, growth and development, movement, reproduction, and mood. They are the body’s communicators. With any imbalance in levels, the communication is faulty, leading to dysfunction.

If you have felt sluggish or are experiencing unexplained weight gain, hormones might be the reason. A look into your levels is simple and we strive to get you back to your healthy self.

And naturally, changes occur with different stages in life. Help is needed to balance this adjustment. Pregnancy and advancing into menopause present these imbalanced situations. We are here for every stage of women’s health.

General Health

Because some medical events happen more with women than with men, women must be aware of changes to their bodies and symptoms. Migraines, for example, affect 18% of women as compared to 6% of men. Gallstones are something else that happens 3-4 times more in women. Other conditions are irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract and kidney infections. In fact, kidney disease is a cause for hypertension and after the age of 50, hypertension is more prevalent in women than men. Women’s bodies may also process medication differently than men. One size DOES NOT fit all and we understand that.

We also realize many women are busy taking care of others, often putting their own health aside. Deer Creek Family Healthcare has convenient appointment times, working around those busy schedules, and we are here to be your helpful provider for women’s health. ??