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Spring Health & Safety Tips

Make outdoor time a safe time – wear a helmet when riding bikes, skateboards, and scooters. Knee pads and elbow pads are easy to wear and add more protection.   

Limit outdoor exposure when the pollen or mold counts are high if you have sensitivities. You can check daily particulate counts on the weather channel.

Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac contain an oil that causes an allergic skin reaction that looks like swollen, itchy, red bumps and blisters appearing wherever the oil has touched the skin.  Check the areas around your home and learn to recognize and avoid it.

Stinging insects are back – If you are stung, remove the stinger as soon as possible with a scraping motion. Wash with soap and water and apply a cold compress. If trouble breathing, severe swelling or fainting occurs, call 911 right away.

Animal bites – don’t disturb a sleeping dog or a dog that’s eating! Wash wounds well with soap and water and call the doctor. A tetanus or rabies shot may be needed.

Ticks are a problem in our area – use tweezers or fingers to grasp as close to the head as possible and pull the tick away from where it is attached. Call the doctor if a rash or fever develops.

Sun Safety:  Remember, the sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm.  Use SPF 15 or higher, even on cloudy days.  It is important to get a healthy dose of sunshine each day!

Stay tuned next month for New Immunization Schedules from the State of Kansas.

Happy Spring! J