Summertime means more outdoor activities and, unfortunately, some injuries.

24 hour urgent care might help treat many injuries. So, let’s cover five common summertime injuries—from scrapes and burns to sprains and bites—and discuss how best to treat them:


A sprain is a common injury when your ligaments are stretched or torn.

The most common type of sprain is an ankle sprain, but it can also occur in the knee, wrist, or thumb. Sprain symptoms might include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the affected joint.

You may be able to treat your sprain at home with RICE therapy: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.


A sunburn is common when your skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

Symptoms of sunburn include redness, pain, swelling, and, in severe cases, blistering of the skin.

You may be able to treat sunburn at home by applying cool compresses to the affected area and taking over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen.


Heatstroke is a severe medical condition when the body cannot regulate its internal temperature.

Symptoms of heatstroke may include high body temperature (103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), hot red skin, rapid pulse, headache, nausea, and confusion.

If you suspect someone has a heatstroke, it’s vital to seek immediate medical attention or call 911 immediately. You can help those experiencing heatstroke cool down with cold compresses or a cool bath until medical help arrives.


Dehydration happens when the body loses more fluids than it takes in and is unable to function properly as a result.

Symptoms of dehydration might include excessive thirst, dark urine, dry mouth and lips, fatigue, dizziness, and lightheadedness.

You may be able to treat dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids like water or sports drinks.

If you suspect you or someone you know is severely dehydrated, it’s essential to seek medical attention soon as possible.

Insect bites and stings 

Insect bites and stings are common as certain insects thrive during the summer—including mosquitos, bees, wasps, hornets, ticks, and spiders.

Symptoms of an insect bite or sting depend on the type of insect involved but can include redness, swelling, pain, itching, and hives.

Most insect bites and stings can be treated at home with over-the-counter medication like antihistamines. However, some people may have severe allergic reactions to insect bites and stings, known as anaphylaxis, and requires immediate medical attention.

Final thoughts

Practicing care in the summer is essential and may be easier if you know how to treat common issues that may arise.

You can stay safe by taking proactive steps like wearing sunscreen when exposed to the sun for extended periods of time, avoiding activities outdoors in extreme heat, staying hydrated with plenty of fluids, and using bug spray.

Lastly, with knowledge of symptoms and treatment methods for common summertime injuries, you can ensure your family stays healthy and enjoys all the great activities the season offers!

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