However, summertime brings with it a host of illnesses that are specifically prevalent during this fun time of year. Below, take a look at some summer illnesses to watch out for and why having a Direct Primary Care (DPC) insurance plan during these months is beneficial.
While sunscreen is a good way to protect your skin against a burn while you’re out in the sun, sun stroke speaks to the dehydration that can occur after being exposed to the sun for extended periods.
Symptoms to look out for with this illness are fever, being lethargic, fatigue, confusion, and extreme dehydration. Someone suffering from sun stroke should seek medical attention immediately.
Warts and fungal infections
Increased exposure to swimming pools during the summer months plays a role in an uptick of warts and fungal infections seen by doctors during this season.
These infections will need to be treated with antifungal creams and even antibiotics. To prevent these infections from occurring in the first place, use antibacterial gels, don’t share towels, and wash hands regularly.
Attending BBQs contributes to an increase in people contracting food poisoning. This illness starts with an upset stomach and then rapidly evolves, with added symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and even fever.
To diagnose this condition, doctors will need to conduct a stool sample to test for a bacterial infection, a virus, or even salmonella. This illness makes it easy for one to become dehydrated, so it’s important to closely monitor the situation.
This is the most common insect-borne disease in the nation, and it is known to peak during the summer months as that’s when ticks are most prevalent.
According to the CDC, 65% of new cases reported between 1992 and 2006 were contracted in June and July. If you experience fever, headache, body aches, rash, or arthritis after a tick bite, you should seek doctor’s care.
Prevent tick bites by using bug repellent that contains 20% or more DEET every time you are outside, especially in a wooded area.
Benefits of Having DPC Coverage for These Illnesses
Contracting any of these illnesses is not how anyone wants to spend their summer months. However, should it happen, having a DPC physician for these occurrences is advantageous for several reasons.
First, DPC doctors provide their patients with 24/7 care, constantly available via phone, text, or email. This is useful in order to receive immediate consultation and advice.
Furthermore, DPC practices frequently have shorter wait times when it comes to securing an appointment and once you are actually in the office. That means less time of your precious summer is wasted, and you’ll be on your way to a cure much quicker.
Offering your employees DPC coverage as a part of your benefits package is a great way to help them enjoy the summer to the fullest. Happier employees mean a more successful organization. Call us today to learn more and to take a step in making your employees happier.