The most dangerous risks to your health this summer - and how to prevent them
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Ticks and mosquitoes and sunburn, oh my!
Summer might be the time when most of us try to take it easy, but there are a few nasty health hazards that can ruin your fun in the sun.
We're not talking about things like sharks
, which might seem scary but pose almost zero risk to the average person.
These are the real hazards that can cause injury, illness, or death. Preventing them can sometimes be as simple as drinking water and wearing sunscreen and insect repellant.
So practice caution - your life may depend on it.
You can pick up nasty bugs when swimming in a pool.
Bee stings can trigger life-threatening allergies.
Boating accidents are also especially risky in summer, especially when there's alcohol involved.
Food poisoning rates peak in summer.
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for kids.
Sunburns are the biggest risk factor for deadly cancer.
Mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases like Zika and dengue.
Car accidents spike in the summer.
Heatstroke can kill.
Not drinking enough water can make you feel fatigued and increase your risk for kidney stones.
Tick bites can give people Lyme disease, red meat allergies, and other illnesses.