Even though we don’t see too much snow in Texas, and very rarely any snow “storms,” that doesn’t mean there aren’t injuries associated with our winters. And while there may not be any blizzards, we still get some serious sniffles.
Curious about the most common winter time ER visits? Keep reading to learn more about what may land you on an exam bed this holiday season.
Coughs, Sniffles and Sneezes
Yes, you guessed it correctly. The flu, and other winter time illnesses like strep throat, spike significantly when the colder months start rolling in. Flu is a serious condition accompanied by painful, even dangerous symptoms, like:
- Chills and cold sweats
- Head and body aches
- Stuffed sinuses and pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
Strep throat is also more common during this time of year. Watch for the following symptoms to determine if you may need a visit to the ER.
- Fever and chills
- Sore throat causing inability to swallow without pain
- Tender or swollen lymph nodes
- Difficulty in turning neck
Washing your hands is the best preventative measure against catching some of these illnesses. Check out our guide to hand washing for more information.
If you’re unsure, it’s always better to seek the care of a physician.
Slips and Falls
While we don’t have too many white Christmases in the south, we still get plenty of ice, which is just as dangerous. Ice may be difficult to see, even when you’re walking, and it only takes one bad spill to land you in the ER with a serious injury. But it’s not just ice outside causing injuries – your holiday décor may also be to blame.
Using a ladder to hang lights? Make sure you have someone to hold the base steady. There are hundreds of accidents each year caused by serious falls off of ladders during the holiday season, whether you’re trimming the tree or hanging lights on your roof.
If the weather outside is frightful, then put away your keys and wait for more favorable driving conditions. Snow, hail and heavy rain shouldn’t be driven in if you can avoid it, especially if there’s ice on the road. And remember if you’re attending a holiday or New Year’s party, never drink and drive. Use a car service like Uber or Lyft to get you home safely!
Now that you know some of the most common reasons people go to the ER in the winter, we hope you’ll be better equipped to avoid them!
How was your New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments.
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