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Summertime Sickness: Common Illnesses This Season

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Summertime Sickness: Common Illnesses This Season

As we embrace the warmth and outdoor activities that summer brings, it's important to be aware of the common illnesses that can occur during this season. While summer is typically a time of fun and relaxation, certain health risks are associated with increased sun exposure, higher temperatures and outdoor activities.

Read on to take a closer look at some of the more common illnesses you can contract during the summer:


Many of us have experienced a bad sunburn and know just how painful it can be! Sunburn is a common summertime ailment caused by excessive exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. It can result in redness, pain, blistering and peeling of the skin. To prevent sunburn, use broad-spectrum sunscreen, wear protective clothing, seek shade during peak sun hours, and avoid tanning beds.

Heatstroke and Dehydration

High temperatures and humidity can lead to heat-related illnesses, including heatstroke and dehydration. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, avoid excessive physical exertion in the heat, and seek shade or air-conditioned spaces to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Read More: Who is at Risk for Heatstroke?

Food Poisoning

You’re bound to be attending plenty of outdoor cookouts this season, meaning someone is firing up the grill! It is important to remember that warmer weather can quickly facilitate the growth of harmful bacteria in food, which can lead to food poisoning.

To prevent foodborne illnesses, practice proper food handling and storage, cook food thoroughly, wash hands frequently, and avoid leaving perishable foods unrefrigerated for extended periods of time.


Although typically associated with colder months, the flu can still affect individuals during the summer. This can be due to travel, crowded public places or the circulation of different strains of the virus. Get vaccinated annually, practice good hand hygiene and avoid close contact with sick individuals to reduce the risk of contracting the flu.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of infected black-legged ticks commonly found in grassy and wooded areas. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache and a characteristic bullseye rash. Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and pants, using insect repellent, performing tick checks and promptly removing ticks.

Read More: Should I Be Worried About Lyme Disease?

Your family members can take proactive steps to minimize their risk of illness or injury by being aware of these common summertime illnesses. Stay informed, be mindful of your health and enjoy a safe and healthy summer season! Remember, Southwest General Medical Group, Inc. (SGMG) is here for you throughout every season. For more information and to reach out to our team, visit our website at