Living in beautiful Reno is a treat for many people. The summers bring warm weather while the winter provides beautiful snow. The desert region is perfect for explorers while the close proximity to Tahoe gives Reno citizens access to wonderful opportunities for skiing, hiking, and lake activities. While it’s important to have frequent check-ups with your doctor at a Reno clinic, Sierra Integrative Medical Center has created a list of ways you can keep yourself at your best while living in Reno.

Wear long pants when walking through brush

Reno and the Lake Tahoe area has many large expanses of land with plenty of hiking trails to enjoy. When hiking through brushy areas, make sure to check for ticks. Ticks can be known to carry the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is known to cause Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is very difficult to diagnose and treat, and symptoms can sever fevers, headaches, and skin rashes.

Ticks like to leap off branches or grass whenever an animal (or unsuspecting hiker) brushes up against their home. Wear long pants to prevent any stowaway ticks from finding a spot of skin to bury into. Keepy your pants tucked into high socks so ticks can’t slip up your ankle up onto your legs.

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of Lyme Disease and have been outside recently there is a chance you may have contracted Lyme Disease. Visit a Reno clinic or a Lyme Disease specialist or contact us today for information regarding treatment.

Watch out for snakes

Nevada is home to many reptilian creatures. Among them, 5 species of venomous snakes can be found around Nevada and potentially the Reno area. The venomous snakes of Nevada are the Mohave, speckled, western diamondback, sidewinder, and the Great Basin rattlesnakes.

Here are some precautions to take to lower the chance encounter with a venomous snake:

  • Avoid walking off designated trails
  • Don’t inspect holes in the ground
  • Avoid boulders that may be home to a snake
  • Always be listening for the sound of a rattler
  • Constantly be scanning your surroundings for any well-camouflaged snakes

Prevent heat stroke by drinking plenty of water

The average high during Reno summers is 92˚, but can often reach temperatures near the 100s. During particularly hot days, many people are at risk of suffering from heatstroke. When traveling or doing any outdoor activity, it’s important to bring plenty of water to replenish any fluids lost when sweating. You should also limit physical activity and take frequent breaks.

Always be prepared for cold weather

With colder weather comes beautiful snow-dusted landscapes and pumpkin flavored everything. However, winter also brings some potential dangers that residents and visitors should be cautious of.

If you’re traveling during the winter you’ll need to be extra careful about ice. Check highway conditions before traveling to see if chains or snow tires are required. Even if you can’t see ice, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Thin layers of transparent ice (also known as black ice) may still cover the roads you drive, and be just as slippery. If you fell your vehicle start to slide on ice, don’t slam on the brakes, that’ll just make things worse.

You should always have extra winter clothes in your vehicle. Should your car break down where help can’t arrive right away, then having spare snow boots and winter clothes to keep you warm could save your life. It never hurts to keep an extra flashlight, hand warmers, or even flares in case something bad happens.

Check up at a Reno clinic

If you or someone you know is suffering from a chronic disease, neurological disease, or Lyme disease, Sierra Integrative Medical Center can help. We are a Reno clinic and considered the top holistic health center of Reno that provides unique integrative medical treatments. Contact us today for a consultation on how we may be able to help with your affliction.

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