Alabama is a great place to live but like any southeastern state, it has a few cautions for newcomers. We asked the OurMed physicians to share their top tips to stay healthy in our southern climate.

MOSQUITOS
Summer is the season for mosquitos and the complications from their bites (mainly broken skin from scratching, which commonly ends up as a skin infection with staph.) Small children with skin infections from staph due to scratching mosquito bites are a common patient type we see in the
summer.

At home, if mosquitos are biting, there is standing water within 50 to 100 feet somewhere. Locate and eliminate standing water sources. Usually the saucer under a potted plant is a likely source. Drains that can’t be emptied can be treated with a tablespoon of bleach to kill the larvae. Sprays that contain DEET are effective, but a product called “Thermacell” is an excellent way to keep mosquitos from biting. This device can be clipped to a belt loop and mosquitos will absolutely stay
away.

TICKS
Ticks are a problem year round, but especially in the warm months. Don’t ever mess around when it comes to tick bites. Even if the tick is removed entirely, a round of antibiotics is the
best way to prevent tick borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease. This immediate treatment will protect your body before any symptoms might arise and will prevent serious issues down the road.

SUNBURN
Sunburn and sun poisoning are common maladies that can be prevented. If significant solar burns occur, they can be treated with various methods.

DEHYDRATION OR HEAT EXHAUSTION:
The symptoms for dehydration and heat exhaustion include feeling weak and dizzy like you are about to faint or pass out. The best preventative is PRE-hydration. If you know you will be outside in the heat, hydrating with electrolyte solutions such as Gatorade or PowerAde THE DAY BEFORE is crucial.
Diabetics can use PowerAde zero or G2 to get the benefits of electrolytes without all the sugar that the original formulations contain. Electrolyte solutions provide much better fluid absorption into the vascular system than plain water.

ATHLETES & SUMMER WORKOUTS
Athletes that are doing summer workouts and taking protein supplements are at risk for serious illness if they get dehydrated while on the supplements. While most protein supplements can be taken safely by healthy and hydrated young athletes, there seems to be at least one young athlete each summer who ends up with acute kidney injury from these large proteins that can overwhelm the kidneys if the hydration status is insufficient. Signs and symptoms of this serious condition include headache, fatigue, muscle pain and cramping. This condition is easily diagnosed and treated, but
prompt evaluation when symptoms arise is crucial and can prevent permanent kidney damage.

OurMed is more than just a “walk-in care practice”. The physicians are committed to providing superior Internal Medicine healthcare in a friendly and personalized environment. Specializing in a wide variety of treatment options. The focus is on improving the lives of their Central Alabama neighbors by getting them back to their everyday lives as quickly as possible. As your hometown doctors,their mission is to build lasting relationship with friends and neighbors in the Montgomery area.

Dr. Chandler Muller is originally from Winter Park, Florida. He married his wife Alecia McGaughy, a native of Montgomery, in 1984, at First Baptist Church in Montgomery. After finishing medical school in Miami, Florida at Southeastern University, he and his wife moved to Montgomery and has been working with Dr. McLemore for more than 16 years.

Dr. Curtis Estes McLemore was raised in Corinth, Mississippi. He received his B.S. in General Science from Mississippi State University and his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1985. He then entered a three year Family Medicine Residency at the University of Alabama School of Community Health Sciences in Tuscaloosa. During his residency, he met and married Tanya Goodson of Brent, Alabama. Dr. McLemore began work in urgent care in Montgomery and has continued this work for nearly 28 years.