Medical experts: 'Tis the season for ER visits

Posted at 5:40 PM, Dec 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 13:26:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It may be the season of joy and good will, but doctors all over the region say it's also the time for medical problems.

Every year, local hospitals see an increase in emergency room visits during the holidays.

Some common medical emergencies include, people with diabetes or congestive heart failure straying from their diet and getting sick.

However, the majority of emergency room visits are from injuries related to falls when taking down decorations and kids getting hurt while playing with new toys.

"You would think it would be a little bit slower but it ends up not being," said Dr. James Black. "Fortunately for us, the flu is not the big story because the flu season only hits us early part of next year so we miss it during the Christmas holidays but we do see an uptick in injuries from falls."

Emergency room doctors remind you to wash your hands often and to stay away from others if you have a cough or flu symptoms.