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Travel smarter with insect repellent

Traveling this summer? Remember to pack some insect repellent to protect your family from diseases—especially if you’re visiting a tropical location. If you’re heading overseas, visit your family physician at Riverside Community Hospital to ask about any vaccinations you may need. Your doctor can also give you current information regarding infectious diseases at your destination. With personalized medical guidance from your doctor—and plenty of bug spray—your family can enjoy a safe and healthy vacation.

Reduce your risk of bug bites
Aside from spraying insect repellent, you can reduce your risk of bug bites by covering up exposed skin. Wear clothes that have been pretreated with permethrin.

Book hotel rooms that feature air conditioning. This lets you keep the windows closed to keep the bugs out.

Choose an effective insect repellent
There are plenty of products to choose from. Your doctor will likely recommend an EPA-registered product that contains at least 20 percent DEET. These bug sprays guard against multiple types of insects, including mosquitoes and ticks.

Apply insect repellent properly
First, apply sunscreen and wait for it to dry. Then, apply the bug spray according to the instructions on the label. Avoid spraying bug spray on skin underneath clothing.

Be careful to avoid getting the repellent in your eyes or inhaled into your nose.

Follow bug spray safety precautions for children
Talk to your pediatrician about whether insect repellent is safe to use on your young child. Doctors generally advise against using any type of bug spray on an infant younger than two months. Children younger than three years should not wear bug sprays that contain OLE or PMD.

Instead, you can keep infants safe from bug bites by purchasing mosquito netting with an elastic edge. Secure this over your baby’s car seat or carrier.

To apply insect repellent safely to appropriately aged children, follow these precautions:

  • Apply insect repellent to your own hands
  • Use your hands to gently distribute the bug spray on your child
  • Never apply insect repellent to a child’s hands (risk of oral contact)

Riverside Community Hospital is known for our commitment to healthcare excellence. If you live in the Riverside area or you’re visiting our community this summer, you can count on our ER physicians and nurses to deliver prompt, courteous care. Call 911 for true medical emergencies or direct general questions to a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463.

Is your teen up to date on immunizations?

In some ways, it’s harder to protect a child in adolescence than in early childhood. Teens typically have little regard for their own vulnerabilities, and they occasionally engage in high-risk behaviors. You might not be able to protect your teen from everything around the clock, but immunizations can help. Before your teenager goes back to school, head over to Riverside Community Hospital to make sure he or she has all the recommended vaccines.

Flu shot for teens
Doctors recommend annual flu shots for preteens and teens. The reason flu shots are given annually is that different strains of influenza circulate each year. Vaccine researchers identify the strains that are most likely to circulate widely for a given year, and then develop the injections to protect people from those strains.

Like other vaccines, flu shots are quite safe. It’s uncommon to experience side effects. When side effects do occur, they typically include temporary soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site.

HPV vaccine for teens
Millions of individuals contract human papillomavirus each year. This common virus is often harmless, but some strains of it can cause life-threatening cancers.

This generation of preteens and teens is fortunate to have access to HPV vaccines, which are recommended at ages 11 or 12. Administering HPV vaccines at a young age is necessary to protect children before they are exposed to the virus. HPV vaccines are given in a series, spaced out over a few months.

Meningococcal vaccine for teens
Meningococcal disease isn’t common, but it can be deadly. Meningitis and bloodstream infections are two examples of the deadly diseases that can be spread by the Neisseria meningitidis bacteria.

Doctors advise parents to get their kids the meningococcal vaccine by age 11 or 12. Another shot is necessary at age 16. A second type of vaccine—serogroup B meningococcal vaccine—may be given between ages 16 and 23.

Tdap vaccine for teens
When your child was younger, he or she should have gotten the DTaP vaccine to guard against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. The protection given by this vaccine wears off gradually over time. This is why your teen also needs the Tdap.

It’s recommended that preteens get the Tdap vaccine at age 11 or 12. Teens ages 13 through 18 should get the shot as soon as possible if they didn’t receive it yet.

Your child’s doctor at Riverside Community Hospital looks forward to discussing immunization records and recommendations. We are committed to providing superior, family-centered care because we put our patients first. Contact a registered nurse in Riverside at (951) 788-3463.

Foods that can help you stay hydrated in the California heat

Dehydration can develop more rapidly during the hot summer months, especially if you enjoy exercising outdoors. Certain groups of people, including seniors, young children and ill patients, are also at a higher risk of dehydration. Drinking plenty of water is the best way to stay hydrated, but you can complement your water intake by choosing healthy foods with high water content. If you have any concerns about your typical daily diet, a healthcare provider at Riverside Community Hospital will be happy to offer personalized, patient-friendly guidance.


Fruit is an excellent choice for supporting hydration and overall nutrition. The types of fruit with the highest water content include the following:

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe

The following fruits contain slightly less water, but are still excellent choices.

  • Peaches
  • Pineapples
  • Oranges
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Plums
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Apricots

Whole fruit is nutritionally preferable compared to fruit juice and canned fruit. Enjoy whole fruit as is for a snack or dessert, or chop up several kinds for a delicious fruit salad.


Many Americans don’t eat enough veggies on a daily basis. By increasing your intake of veggies, you can keep your body hydrated and well-nourished. The following choices have high water content:

  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Radishes
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Eggplant


If you find the taste of plain water a bit boring, it can be more challenging to meet your daily hydration needs. Try the following healthy beverages to complement your water intake:

  • Coconut water
  • Low-sugar yogurt smoothie
  • Milk
  • Decaf tea
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Juiced vegetables
  • Ice water with a squeeze of lemon or lime

Avoid alcohol, which is dehydrating, and soda, which provides empty calories.

Following these easy tips will help you prevent heat-related illnesses this summer, but just in case, compassionate emergency care is always available at Riverside Community Hospital. Our emergency care team is comprised of top specialists who live and work in the same Riverside communities as our patients. You can speak with a registered nurse by calling (951) 788-3463, but please direct medical emergencies to 911.

Can too much sun make you sick?

The sun may make human life possible, but it can also be incredibly damaging to human health. Unprotected sun exposure increases the risk of photodermatitis, sun poisoning and skin cancer. Additionally, the soaring summer temperatures place Californians at an increased risk of heat-related illnesses. At Riverside Community Hospital, you’ll find the expert medical guidance you need to protect your family.


Photodermatitis is a condition in which the skin reacts abnormally to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Certain people may be at a higher risk of being particularly sensitive to sun exposure, including the following:

  • People who are taking certain medications
  • Patients with lupus or eczema
  • People with certain genetic factors

Photodermatitis can be acute, which means it develops suddenly and doesn’t last for a long time. Or, it can be chronic. The possible signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Itchy blisters and bumps
  • Raised areas of the skin
  • Swelling, redness and pain
  • Fever with chills
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Skin lesions
  • Areas of darkened skin

Sun poisoning

Sun poisoning refers to extreme sunburn that causes skin inflammation. Prevention is always best, but if sun poisoning does occur, it’s recommended that patients seek emergency care. The following signs and symptoms can be indicative of sun poisoning:

  • Large blisters
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Fainting
  • Dehydration
  • Rapid pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Headache
  • Skin swelling

Additionally, sun poisoning is characterized by a rash-like skin reaction. The skin becomes quite red and dry before it peels. The effects of sun poisoning can last longer than a week.

Skin cancer

Photodermatitis and sun poisoning, along with any other sort of unprotected sun exposure, can increase the risk of skin cancer. Although skin cancer may take longer to develop than sun poisoning, the result can be life-threatening.

Early detection of skin cancer is crucial, so consider scheduling a skin cancer screening annually. Your doctor may also recommend doing a self-check of your skin every month.

Heat-related illnesses

The hot summer sun can make you more susceptible to developing heat-related illnesses, which have immediate and potentially serious effects on health. Heat cramps are the mildest form of these progressive illnesses, followed by heat exhaustion and, lastly, heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke both require immediate medical attention. They can cause:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Little to no sweating and urine output
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid, shallow breathing

For all of life’s medical emergencies, your family can count on Riverside Community Hospital to provide the superior care you deserve. Along with our patient-focused emergency care, we specialize in bariatric weight loss, robotic surgery and organ transplants. To request a physician referral, call a registered nurse in Riverside at (951) 788-3463.

Why is it harder for women to lose weight?

It might not seem fair that some people seem to be able to eat anything they want without gaining a pound, while other people struggle to maintain their weight or to lose a little. It probably isn’t just your imagination that the men in your life seem to shed pounds far more easily than women. When you watch this video, you’ll learn why metabolism plays an important role in this discrepancy. This video features a bariatric weight loss specialist at Riverside Community Hospital. If your weight is interfering with your health, consider talking to a bariatric weight loss specialist about your options.

What your basal metabolic rate is

Your basal metabolic rate is the average number of calories your body uses each day while at rest in a typical environment. In other words, these are the calories that are necessary to keep your heart pumping and your airways breathing.

Basal metabolic rate is influenced by a person’s height, current weight and age. It also depends on whether a person is male or female. Men naturally tend to have a higher basal metabolic rate than women do, which means their bodies burn more calories each day regardless of their activity level.

How basal metabolic rate influences weight loss

Your basal metabolic rate is significant for weight loss because, with a low rate, your body needs fewer calories each day. Any calories you consume beyond this threshold must be used for physical exertion. Otherwise, weight gain occurs.

How women can achieve their weight loss goals

Although it can be disheartening to learn that you may be predisposed to lose weight more slowly than an average man, there are ways you can effectively change your body composition. Building more lean muscle mass, for example, will boost your basal metabolic rate.

Bariatric weight loss isn’t right for every patient, but for good candidates, it can pave the way for a healthier lifestyle and better quality of life. For the superior care and personalized guidance you deserve, you can turn to the bariatric weight loss specialists at Riverside Community Hospital. Residents of Riverside can call our nurse referral line at (951) 788-3463.

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