Summer Woes

Here’s a great short article from Shape magazine on fixing some minor summer woes. (And a little tick info from me!)

Summer Bummers

Rising temps can trigger a trio of health hassles. Use these strategies to nip them in the bud.

A Throbbing Headache Your headache risk jumps 8 percent each time the temperature climbs 9 degrees, a recent study found. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center say it’s possibly because heat makes the blood vessels in your skull expand and press up against surrounding nerve endings.

Fix it Fast: Drinking a large glass of water and moving to cooler quarters might prevent an oncoming headache from turning into a real pounder, says Matt Benton, a spokesperson for the National Headache Foundation. In addition to dehydration and heat, sunlight can also spark headaches, so always wear sunglasses when outside.

Skin Flushing In a recent survey, heat ranked as the number-one trigger for rosacea. This chronic condition causes blood vessels to dilate, making you look ruddy.

Fix it Fast: Anything that cools you down-moving to an air-conditioned room, splashing your face with cold water, using a fan, or chewing on ice chips- will help take the redness down, says Richard Odom, M.D., a professor of clinical dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. UV rays are another trip wire, so minimize sun exposure between 10a.m. and 4p.m., when it’s strongest. Need to be outdoors during the day? Be sure to slather on a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.

“Lime” Disease Exposure to compounds in limes and lemons can make skin extra sun-sensitive, causing a rash, burn, or blisters.

Fix it Fast: cold compresses and hydrocortisone creams can ease mild symptoms; severe cases may require oral steroids. To avoid the reaction in the future, wear sunscreen and wash your face and hands immediately after drinking or preparing lemonade or margarita.

Though this article toys with the phrase “Lime Disease”, it’s very important that you also watch out for Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is transmitted through a tick bite. Ticks carry a bacteria called “Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi)“that they usually pick up from infected mice or deer. If an infected tick gets onto your skin and bites you, you can be infected too. The early symptoms of Lyme Disease make you feel like you have a mild flu; the other symptoms may include itching, chills, fever, headache, muscle pains, fainting spells, and a stiff neck. You may also get a “bulls eye” rash around the tick bite area.

To avoid Lyme Disease all together you have to avoid getting a tick bite- maybe easier said than done. Ticks love to hang out on tall grasses, heavy brush and generally any place that looks like a nice place to hike. Before going out make sure you spray on some bug spray around your shoes, ankles and pant legs. Also try to wear light coloured clothing- it will be easier to spot an invading tick before it makes its way to your skin.


About SuzieSloth

I am a Certified Personal Trainer and Martial Arts Instructor with a passion for physical fitness and a background in public health. I love learning new things about the fitness world and about innovations in all health fields. I like to share tidbits that I find in magazines or on the internet with friends and clients. Please feel free to email me with questions or comments, or leave comments on any post on my blog. And make sure to stop by my website: View all posts by SuzieSloth

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