5 Common Reasons for Urgent Care Visits During the Big Game

A table of snacks - pretzels, potato chips, wings, pigs in a blanket and nachos.

Every year, football fans gather to watch the Big Game, enjoy good food and drinks, and spend quality time with loved ones. However, as much as we love this annual tradition, it often leads to an increase in urgent care visits. Whether you want to avoid a trip to the emergency room or simply want to stay informed, keep reading to learn more.

1. Food Poisoning

Football watch parties are synonymous with indulgent foods like pizza, wings, chips, and dip. Unfortunately, these party staples can pose serious health risks if not handled or cooked properly. Food poisoning can cause diarrhea, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. In some cases, it can even be life-threatening. To avoid food poisoning, make sure to cook your food thoroughly, practice good hygiene, and keep hot food hot and cold food cold.

Food Safety Best Practices

It's one thing to have a delightful spread laid out for your guests, but it's another to ensure that the food remains safe to eat throughout the event. Generally speaking, perishable food should not be left out at room temperature for more than two hours. Foods such as meats, dairy, eggs, and seafood are particularly susceptible to bacterial growth when left out too long. To extend the life of your food, consider keeping it refrigerated or on ice, and make sure to discard any food that has been sitting out for too long.

2. Alcohol-Related Injuries

Drinking is a common part of sports-related celebrations, but excessive drinking can lead to serious injuries. Drowsiness, impaired judgment, and motor coordination can cause falls, sports injuries, burns, and other accidents. To prevent alcohol-related injuries, drink in moderation, avoid drinking on an empty stomach, drink plenty of water, and never drink and drive.

Drinking Responsibly

The recommended amount varies depending on factors such as age, weight, and gender, as well as the type of alcohol being consumed. Generally, it's advised to limit consumption to no more than one drink per hour and no more than 14 drinks per week for men and seven drinks per week for women.

3. Heart Attacks

An increased intake of salty, fatty, and sugary foods can wreak havoc on your heart, especially if you have pre-existing heart conditions. Watching an intense game can also cause a spike in blood pressure and stress levels, which can trigger heart attacks. To minimize your risk of heart attacks, eat healthily, exercise regularly, avoid excessive alcohol, and seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness.

4. Respiratory Problems

While many viewers watch the Big Game from the comfort of their homes, some brave the cold outside to tailgate or attend the game. Cold weather, combined with a large crowd, can result in respiratory problems such as flu, colds, asthma, and pneumothorax. To prevent respiratory problems, dress warmly, avoid close contact with sick people, wash your hands frequently, and seek medical attention if you experience flu-like symptoms.

5. Slips, Trips, and Falls

Football watch parties can be crowded and noisy, which increases the likelihood of slips, trips, and falls. Uneven flooring, spilled drinks, and poor lighting can all contribute to these accidents. To avoid such mishaps, clear cluttered walkways, use non-slip mats, wear comfortable shoes or grippy socks, and keep children and pets away from areas with potential hazards.

By being aware of the most common reasons for urgent care visits this Sunday, you can take proactive measures to avoid them and ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration. Whether you’re rooting for your favorite team or simply enjoying the festivities, don’t forget to put your health and safety first.

At Brazos Urgent Care, we welcome patients from all walks of life. We are open 7 days a week, and no appointment is necessary. Call (832) 430-7796 or contact us online if you have questions.

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