While illnesses can strike at any time, soaring temperatures and high humidity
increase the likelihood of developing certain medical problems, some of
which may require emergency care at
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center of Las Vegas. For example, emergency care physicians often see a rise
in cases such as asthma attacks, food poisoning, and ear infections during
the summer months.
Swimming is a good way to stay active during the summer while cooling off.
However, it may also lead to swimmer’s ear, which is an infection
of the outer ear canal. While this condition usually isn’t serious,
it may lead to complications if left untreated. Rarely, these complications
may include chronic outer ear infections, deep tissue infections known
as cellulitis, and damage to the cartilage and bone.
Infections of the middle ear may also be more common during the summer because allergies to pollen
may interfere with the proper drainage of fluid from the Eustachian tube.
Ear infections, which frequently affect children and teenagers, often
involve ear pain and increased pressure, which may sometimes rupture the eardrum.
The bacteria responsible for foodborne illnesses thrive in the summer months,
thanks to the increased temperature and humidity. Food poisoning can cause
mild or severe symptoms, which typically include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
abdominal pain, and fever. Foodborne illnesses often resolve themselves.
However, in severe cases, emergency care is needed. Consider going to
the ER if you are unable to keep liquids down, notice bloody vomit or
stool, have extreme abdominal pain, or develop dehydration. You can reduce
your risk of contracting foodborne illnesses by cooking foods to a safe
temperature, placing perishable foods in the fridge right away, and avoiding
cross contamination between raw and cooked foods.
High pollen levels, mold growth, and air pollution can contribute to asthma
attacks in the summer. If you suffer from difficulty breathing, shortness
of breath, wheezing, or other signs of an asthma attack, it’s advisable
to follow your doctor’s emergency asthma treatment plan and seek
Partner with the healthcare providers of Sunrise Hospital & Medical
Center to help keep your family healthy this summer. In addition to preventive
healthcare services and
patient education programs, our Las Vegas hospital provides emergency care for urgent medical
situations such as asthma attacks. For a physician referral, contact the
Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (702) 731-8000.