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Late Summer Illnesses You Need to Know About

Late Summer Illnesses You Need to Know About
Kevin Cleary

Health Products For You has the information and products you need to enjoy those remaining weeks of the summer season and ease into the cooler days of Autumn.

When we think about seasonal illnesses, we usually think about colder winter weather. Colds and the flu are the first that come to mind. The warmer weather of late summer usually doesn’t conger up seasonal illnesses. Believe it or not, some maladies can affect us as the dog days of summer play out. Explore HPFY for all your needs!!

Illnesses Summer Can Bring

Winter is not the only season that can bring on illness. Several illnesses thrive during summer. Being aware of them and their symptoms can help you recover quicker or avoid them altogether. Some of these summer maladies can include:

  • Recreational water illnesses: Water contaminated with germs can cause diarrhea, ear pain, cough/congestion, or eye pain. Germs such as E. coli, norovirus, and cryptosporidium can be the cause.
  • Summer colds: Enteroviruses can trigger that annoying summer cold. This can bring about respiratory symptoms, a runny nose, a sore throat, as well as stomach problems. Due to enteroviruses, these colds can be accompanied by fever and sinus congestion.
  • Prickly heat: Symptoms can include a range of rashes from mild (superficial blisters) to severe (red lumps) that are often itchy/prickly in nature. With infants, these rashes appear predominantly on the neck, shoulders, and chest, while adults often are affected in skin folds or where clothing rubs against skin. Armpits, elbows, and the groin are also areas that can be affected.
  • Food poisoning: Hot, sunny days can cause food to go bad quicker, therefore causing food poisoning. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and headache can be symptoms of food poisoning. High fever and severe diarrhea can be an indication of severe food poisoning and require medical attention.
  • Poison ivy, oak, & sumac: Patches of red, itchy skin with small blisters that fill with clear liquid can be symptoms of poison ivy, oak, or sumac exposure. Severe cases can result in extremely swollen, itchy areas.

HPFY Has Your Back!

Yes, summer can get you sick, but most summer illnesses can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) products. Rarely is the need for a prescription necessary (maybe prednisone for poison ivy/oak/sumac.) We have a variety of medical aids you need to head off summer illness symptoms:

  1. Anti-Diarrheal Medication: Having oral anti-diarrhea medication available can help with stomach issues. Items such as Johnson & Johnson Imodium Anti-Diarrheal Oral Solution or McKesson Anti-Diarrheal Strength Tablets are easy to use and take with you when needed. These can be in tablet or liquid form.
  2. Decongestants: These can relieve congestion associated with a summer cold. Varieties can include McKesson Sunmark Nasal Decongestant PE Tablet, or for those who may have high blood pressure try Coricidin HBP Cold and Flu Cough Relief Tablet that is specifically designed not to raise blood pressure.
  1. Corticosteroids: Over-the-counter corticosteroids (such as hydrocortisone cream) in low doses can help relieve prickly heat. Individual packets of Dynarex Hydrocortisone Cream 1% meet this low-dose requirement of hydrocortisone as well as Safetec 1% Hydrocortisone Cream and are perfect in single-use packets.
  2. NSAIDs: For summer illnesses accompanied by fever, NSAIDs can provide relief. Fever reducers such as ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can bring down temperatures. Always consult your physician before administering fever reducers.
  3. Topical Anti-Itch Medications: When dealing with poison ivy, oak, or sumac topical anti-itch medications can be applied. While bathing/showering, try All-Terrain Poison Ivy Oak Bar Soap which is specially formulated to cleanse/soothe irritated skin due to poison ivy or oak. Also, applying a topical such as the Quantum Poison Oak and Ivy Itch Nix Gel, which has Vitamin B, camphor, echinacea, and calendula extracts, can provide cool/soothing relief in seconds.

Nobody wants to be sick, especially in the summer. The best treatment for some summer illnesses is prevention. Sometimes it’s just a matter of paying attention to our surroundings and avoiding what may cause illness and uncomfortable symptoms.

When it isn’t unavoidable, knowing how to treat some of the summer illnesses can help expedite the healing process. You should always check with your physician before giving or taking any OTC medication, especially if you take prescription medication. Get better quicker and enjoy those remaining summer days!


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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