Hello, summer! It’s the season for beach outings, street parties, family holidays, vacations, and so many other fun activities. But before you go out in the sun, ride with the waves, enjoy the street foods, or travel overseas, you should know about some health hazards common during summer. One of which is a bacterial infection.
Love sun-kissed skin? You can achieve it this summer. But just be a little careful. Instead of a tender, bright red skin, you might just get sunburn after too much sun exposure. Too much sunray can be damaging to your skin. It can cause anything from wrinkles to age spots to the worst skin cancer.
But sunburn isn’t your only problem. There could be worse. We’re talking about illnesses caused by bacteria!
Below are the most common bacterial infections in the sunny season and what you can do to prevent them.
Sore eyes can bring you extreme discomfort. It can be caused by viral infection, bacteria, or chemical exposure. Worse, it can easily spread from person to person simply by touching the eyes or eye secretions of the infected person and touching your own.
Yep – you don’t just catch a cold during winter. You can during the summer too! It is caused by enterovirus and it can cause more complicated symptoms than winter cold. Such symptoms may include fever, sore throat, headache and sometimes, mouth sores and rash.
Summer means more sweat especially in areas like the armpits, breast, and down below – for girls. This increases your risk of yeast and bacterial infection. Overgrowth of bacteria in the female reproductive area (medically known as ‘bacterial vaginosis’) can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like itchiness, redness, and swelling of the vulva, vaginal rash and discharge, and burning sensation.
The soaring temperatures along with excessive perspiration prompt the onset of many skin infections. Among the most common are fungal infections which usually affect toes and the underarms. They appear as red patches and are associated with extreme itching. Another is impetigo which is more likely to occur when the skin has been scratched. It is characterized by a red area with some oozing, along with pain and irritation. During summer, the risk of tinea versicolor, a mild skin infection, also increases which occurs commonly on the back, chest, and arms. Folliculitis, on the other hand, can affect the skin around the beard, scalp or groin. It appears like a painful pimple that hurts when touched.
Certain types of bacteria have been shown to be more prevalent during summer. They include Streptococcus pneumonia which is the culprit behind pneumonia, meningitis, otitis media, and sinusitis; Staphylococcus aureus which is responsible for many infections like otitis externa; and Haemophilus influenzae which can cause acute otitis media and sinusitis.
Summer is the best time to enjoy the outdoors, the beach, travel, and have a wonderful time with friends and family. However, it can also be a great time for bacteria to invade your body and cause you to get sick.
Always make good health a priority. They say “prevention is better than cure”. It will always be. Hopefully, this article has equipped you with the knowledge you need to fight summer bacterial infections.