Kathryn Mulligan

WELCOME TO THE NURSE'S CORNER

KM

201-796-8700  Ext. #2960
hsnurse@epps.org

The MS/HS nurses are available M-F 7:50 am - 3:00 pm.  Please feel free to call us regarding any concerns about your children's health and safety .

Just some tips to help keep you safe and healthy during the summer:

Protect yourself from ticks that may cause Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever by:

Wearing long sleeves and long pants while hiking
Using insect repellent
Stay on path and avoid walking in overgrown areas
Performing tick checks after spending time in wooded areas
Calling MD if you suspect a tick bite.

 

Protect yourself from poison ivy, sumac:

If you know you are allergic--wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when you are in areas where you think you may come into contact with the leaves.
It is exposure to the oil that causes the reaction. So make sure that you do not touch any clothes you were wearing at the time, the oil still may be present.
You may have never had a reaction and then you develop one. Over a period of time your body may build up a sensitivity to something, so don't think it isn't poison ivy. It may be and you are seeing it for the first time. Also, it may take several days for you to show a reaction. So be mindful that you may have been exposed several days prior to the breakout. Know your reaction may be worse each time you are exposed. So--again protect yourself with proper clothing. Seek medical attention if the reaction is causing serious discomfort.

 

Sun Protection:

Everyone likes how they look with a tan. However, you need to be protecting yourself from the dangerous, cancer causing rays of the sun. Always use sunscreen before you go out in the sun. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists--you should use products with an SPF of 15. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out in the sun and reapplying every two hours or sooner after swimming, sweating or toweling off.

 

Keep Hydrated

Make sure you are drinking plenty of water when you are out in the hot sun or summer heat. Do not wait to feel thirsty to have a drink. Avoid strenuous activity during peak heat hours 10AM-6PM

 

Car Safety

Be distraction free while driving. No cell phone use while driving!

 

Have a safe and wonderful summer!