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MedWatch-Spring cleaning

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(ABC) –Spring cleaning is a necessary evil this time of the year, but if you're not careful you could end up nursing a serious injury until summer.

Dr. Tom Waters is an emergency department physician at Cleveland Clinic who says falls cause a lot of injuries each spring.

"If you take a significant fall and you're having serious pain or any deformity to a limb, or back pain, neck pain, you need to get yourself to the hospital as quick as possible,” Dr. Waters said.

Dr. Waters says serious falls tend to come off of a ladder, or when someone is standing on a countertop or ledge to reach high places. You can decrease your risk by always using a ladder on level ground and by finding a volunteer to hold it.

Cleaning chemicals can be risky too, causing burns or irritating the skin, especially if they are mixed together. The fumes alone could irritate your lungs and land you in the emergency department.

Cuts are also common, hedge trimmers and pruning shears are typically to blame.

Dr. Waters says your eyes are vulnerable when you're cleaning up, so make sure you're wearing goggles or glasses. 

"Whether you're weed whacking and a piece of dirt or mulch goes into your eye, or you're just pruning a bush and you bend down and take a stick in the eye, we see that fairly commonly," Dr. Waters said.

Dr. Waters says to keep your goggles on when you're cleaning inside because splashing cleaning chemicals into your eyes can cause a serious injury.

In other health news, April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center in Lawton is having the ‘Just say ahh’ screenings Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information or to make an appointment, call 580-250-6565.

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