Summer Health Directory
Summer -- a time of vacations, summer break, camps, grilling, and the beach. Also, a time of sunburn, heat exhaustion, bug bites, food poisoning, and travel-related illness. But there is good news! You can prevent almost all the negatives by following some simple guidelines. Be safe about staying in the sun, eating food that is well-prepared, staying hydrated, and practicing other safety measures. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how summer can be a time of fun, relaxation, and healthy activities.
Summer Safety for You and Your Kids
Learn more from WebMD about summer safety, including everything from preventing sunburns to treating bee stings to recognizing Lyme disease.
Skin Cancer and Sun Exposure
WebMD explains how sun exposure ages the skin and raises the risk for skin cancer. Learn more about protecting yourself.
Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer
Spending too much time in the sun gives you wrinkles and makes you more likely to get skin cancer.
Tips for Summer Depression
Summer depression is more common than you may think. WebMD explains why you might feel more stressed and sad in the warmer months -- and offers coping tips.
Tip Sheet: Treating Minor Summer Injuries
Instead of following old wives' tales, try these tips to treat the dings and scrapes of summer.
5 Summertime Tips for Healthy Ears
Experts explain how to avoid ear problems that are triggered by everything from swimming to loud music.
5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes in Summer
Hazards to your eyes are lurking around every corner, but WebMD has 5 essential ways to protect yourself against eye injury.
First Aid Myths: Ignore These Summer 'Cures'
Experts share first aid tips while debunking some common home remedies.
Flesh Eating Bacteria
There’s a deadly bacteria lurking in waters. How afraid should you be?
Making the Most of Summer Travel
Here are some tips for planning ahead, lifting heavy bags, and fighting stress when you travel this summer.
Which Sunscreen Is Better - Spray or Lotion?
Some prefer spray, others prefer lotion. But are the chemicals in sunscreen good for you?
It’s cookout time! Yet meat cooked at high temperatures is linked to cancer in animal studies. Learn how to decrease your risk.
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Fattening Foods of Summer
Summertime living may be easy, but if you're not careful, summer's fattening foods - including fried chicken, ribs, potato salad, ice cream, hot dogs, and beer - can really pack on the pounds.
Summer Health Hazards: Bears, Sharks, Heatstroke, and More
Some summer problems, like sunburn and heatstroke, are common. Others are rare -- think bears and sharks! Are you prepared?
25 Ways to Get Ready for Swimsuit Season
Bypass the foods that bloat and see the best swimsuit for your shape in this pictorial guide to looking your best on the beach.
Summer Skin Hazards
Don’t let sunburn, poison ivy, and jellyfish stings sabotage your healthy skin. Learn about these and other dangers so you can stay safe this summer.
Low-Calorie Summer Sippers
Let's drink to summer -- the healthy way
Cool Summer Drinks: Your Best Bets
What are the healthiest summer beverages? Here are your top choices for hydration, refreshment, and pure enjoyment.
Some Assembly Required: No-Sweat Summer Meals
Get cooking tips for summer meals.
Quick Cooking Tips to Get You Out of the Kitchen
Read six tips on quick cooking for summertime.