Every month, Dr. Sandy Vieder of Lakes Urgent Care answers your questions about timely health issues.

From asthma to flu shots, sports injuries to seasonal health topics, Dr. Sandy Vieder, Medical Director and co-owner of Lakes Urgent Care, answers questions asked by his patients every month.



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Hot-Weather Health Issues

The elderly, people with significant underlying chronic diseases, including heart and lung disease, weakened immune systems, mental health disorders and dementia are most effected by extreme heat. People who work outdoors or in extreme heat conditions – outdoors or indoors are also at risk.

You can be more or less vulnerable to health risks from extreme heat based on these factors:

Sensitivity – the degree to which you are affected by a stressor such as higher temperatures

Exposure – the physical contact between you and higher temperatures

Adaptive capacity – your ability to adjust to or avoid potential hazards

Heat is the number one weather-related killer, and as carbon pollution continues destroying earth’s atmosphere, global temperatures will keep climbing, bringing us hotter summers and more dangerous heat.

The ability to sweat is one of the primary mechanisms your body uses to cools you down.

When humidity levels rise, sweat does not evaporate as efficiently, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need, and this leads to overheating.

Always drink plenty of fluids when you are sweating. Excessive sweating can accelerate dehydration and worsen the situation in high heat environments.

Staying well-hydrated is the number one action we can all take to limit the effects of extreme heat. When the temperatures and heat index begins to reach 100 degrees or more, it is especially important to drink water and other drinks that contain electrolytes (salts and minerals in the body that are found in body fluids) – avoid sodas and alcoholic beverages! Contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly fine to hydrate with coffee or tea.

Limit exposure time to extreme temperatures; hydrate often; wear light colored, loose fitting and sweat absorbing clothing. Avoid the outdoors during extreme heat and stay out of the direct sun. If you must work outside, slow down and take frequent breaks. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Finally, consider postponing outdoor games and activities.

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Hot-Weather Health Issues

The elderly, people with significant underlying chronic diseases, including heart and lung disease, weakened immune systems, mental health disorders and dementia are most effected by extreme heat. People who work outdoors or in extreme heat conditions – outdoors or indoors are also at risk.

You can be more or less vulnerable to health risks from extreme heat based on these factors:

Sensitivity – the degree to which you are affected by a stressor such as higher temperatures

Exposure – the physical contact between you and higher temperatures

Adaptive capacity – your ability to adjust to or avoid potential hazards

Heat is the number one weather-related killer, and as carbon pollution continues destroying earth’s atmosphere, global temperatures will keep climbing, bringing us hotter summers and more dangerous heat.

The ability to sweat is one of the primary mechanisms your body uses to cools you down.

When humidity levels rise, sweat does not evaporate as efficiently, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need, and this leads to overheating.

Always drink plenty of fluids when you are sweating. Excessive sweating can accelerate dehydration and worsen the situation in high heat environments.

Staying well-hydrated is the number one action we can all take to limit the effects of extreme heat. When the temperatures and heat index begins to reach 100 degrees or more, it is especially important to drink water and other drinks that contain electrolytes (salts and minerals in the body that are found in body fluids) – avoid sodas and alcoholic beverages! Contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly fine to hydrate with coffee or tea.

Limit exposure time to extreme temperatures; hydrate often; wear light colored, loose fitting and sweat absorbing clothing. Avoid the outdoors during extreme heat and stay out of the direct sun. If you must work outside, slow down and take frequent breaks. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Finally, consider postponing outdoor games and activities.

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"I woke up Sunday with severe vertigo. After calling my PCP I decided I couldn't wait and went to Lakes Urgent Care Livonia. They got me in quickly, did a thorough exam and sent in a prescription to my pharmacy. The doctor explained everything to me in a manner I could understand. I have complete confidence in the doctor. Also, I felt safe (coronavirus) and everyone was pleasant and helpful. Additionally, the doctor made a follow up phone call to check on me! I'm happy to say the medicine prescribed is working great!"

Cindy - Google review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T11:33:19-04:00

Cindy - Google review

"I woke up Sunday with severe vertigo. After calling my PCP I decided I couldn't wait and went to Lakes Urgent Care Livonia. They got me in quickly, did a thorough exam and sent in a prescription to my pharmacy. The doctor explained everything to me in a manner I could understand. I have complete confidence in the doctor. Also, I felt safe (coronavirus) and everyone was pleasant and helpful. Additionally, the doctor made a follow up phone call to check on me! I'm happy to say the medicine prescribed is working great!"
"Needed care for my 93 yr old Father in Law during Covid pandemic. We were not infected but he needed a simple procedure. Their complete screening process before entering Clinic dispersed any worries we had. Everything went great. Huge effort to ensure everybody's health and safety. Well done."

Aaron - Facebook review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:44:59-04:00

Aaron - Facebook review

"Needed care for my 93 yr old Father in Law during Covid pandemic. We were not infected but he needed a simple procedure. Their complete screening process before entering Clinic dispersed any worries we had. Everything went great. Huge effort to ensure everybody's health and safety. Well done."
"This place was awesome! Phone etiquette was amazing and they accommodated me last minute. Once I was there the environment was clean, staff was really nice informative and even with everything going on with this pandemic they were very attentive and professional. Super helpful and even though I went just for testing the doctor made sure to stop in and answer any questions I had. I’d recommend this place for any urgent needs!"

Andrea - Google review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:46:23-04:00

Andrea - Google review

"This place was awesome! Phone etiquette was amazing and they accommodated me last minute. Once I was there the environment was clean, staff was really nice informative and even with everything going on with this pandemic they were very attentive and professional. Super helpful and even though I went just for testing the doctor made sure to stop in and answer any questions I had. I’d recommend this place for any urgent needs!"
"My minor daughter, my elderly mom and myself went here this morning @ 10am and from the intake worker to the nursing staff and Doctors we have never been treated so kindly at any other ER. Very friendly, compassionate staff. They even let all three of us go into one exam room and treat all of us as a family unit! We all three highly recommended Lakes Urgent Care!"

Kimberly - Facebook review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:36:23-04:00

Kimberly - Facebook review

"My minor daughter, my elderly mom and myself went here this morning @ 10am and from the intake worker to the nursing staff and Doctors we have never been treated so kindly at any other ER. Very friendly, compassionate staff. They even let all three of us go into one exam room and treat all of us as a family unit! We all three highly recommended Lakes Urgent Care!"
"I needed to take my two boys in to be seen today and we just moved to the neighborhood so I googled the nearest urgent care and boy am I so glad I did because this is the BEST urgent care that I have ever been to!! They were super fast and got us seen right away. The nurse made my sons laugh and feel comfortable the whole time. The doctor was very thorough and really connected with my boys which calmed their nerves. They even gave my sons a prize for coming in! Thank you for being so kind and thorough in this fast paced world!! You guys are awesome!"

Deshon - Google review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T11:13:48-04:00

Deshon - Google review

"I needed to take my two boys in to be seen today and we just moved to the neighborhood so I googled the nearest urgent care and boy am I so glad I did because this is the BEST urgent care that I have ever been to!! They were super fast and got us seen right away. The nurse made my sons laugh and feel comfortable the whole time. The doctor was very thorough and really connected with my boys which calmed their nerves. They even gave my sons a prize for coming in! Thank you for being so kind and thorough in this fast paced world!! You guys are awesome!"
"Super clean, they take your temperature before you walk in. I saw the staff clean everything after every patient. The staff and doctor were so great today! Thank you for servicing our community! Highly recommended!"

Stephanie - Facebook review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:41:37-04:00

Stephanie - Facebook review

"Super clean, they take your temperature before you walk in. I saw the staff clean everything after every patient. The staff and doctor were so great today! Thank you for servicing our community! Highly recommended!"
"They were incredibly fast to get us back and taken care of and super professional when I had questions. I can’t say enough good things! Thank you Lakes Urgent Care in Livonia for being so professional, quick and clean!! It’s worth the drive if you’re in Southeast Michigan. Definitely our urgent care of choice!!"


Whitney - Facebook review

Lakes Urgent Care
5
2020-07-20T10:43:28-04:00

Whitney - Facebook review

"They were incredibly fast to get us back and taken care of and super professional when I had questions. I can’t say enough good things! Thank you Lakes Urgent Care in Livonia for being so professional, quick and clean!! It’s worth the drive if you’re in Southeast Michigan. Definitely our urgent care of choice!!"
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