PokeMon Go! Or is it- ‘PokeMon No’

Pokemon Go.  It’s a cultural phenomenon, a runaway hit, a procrastination enabler.  But, is it also a health hazard?

The popular gaming app, which uses smartphones to superimpose virtual characters into a state of “augmented reality,” has taken the world by storm.  But it’s also having one major unexpected side effect: physical injuries.

Amidst the race to capture critters and monsters, reports of the game turning dangerous have swept the web. We’re all for getting out into the great outdoors, but with people slipping, falling, stumbling, and crashing, it seems like danger lurks around every corner.  Maybe you’ve walked into a lamppost yourself?

For your reading pleasure- and diagnosing assistance, and heck, as a Public Safety Announcement- we present you with the top six relevant health menaces of Pokemon Go injuries.  Stay safe out there!

# Sunburn of First Degree

In most cases, playing Pokemon Go involves outdoor activity.

So if you are in such a place which involves running around in unbearable heatwave, while catching Pokemon, wear a sunscreen (with at least SPF 30 protection), so that you don’t get burned easily.

Donning wide brim hats and sunglasses are also a good idea.

# Land Up With A Road Accident

Look out for the stop sign on the road. Don’t bump into moving objects and pedestrians, assuming that stop sign should have gotten out of YOUR way.
Keep an eye out for oncoming cars, and be careful when crossing streets.

Just because there’s a Pokemon in the middle of the road, does not mean you should run after it. Traffic still exists.

# Get Dehydrated

Keep chugging fluids while playing your addictive Pokemon Go. Carry water bottles, and consider mixing your drink with electrolyte powder pack, as replacing electrolytes and carbohydrates in the body prevents dehydration.

# Burn of Unspecified Degree of Hand

Don’t get Charmander-d. Leave your android or iPhone away for a while, if you have been clutching your devise for an extended period of time. It has been noticed that, since game playing overclocks the mobile’s CPU, it often gets overheated.

# Encounter Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

It has been observed on certain occasions, playing Pokemon Go for day long, has made people land up with a new source of wrist pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common source of hand numbness and pain. Its main symptoms are pain, numbness and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of the ring fingers.

# Land Up With Altered Mental Status-Unspecified

It’s beginning to look like the Zombie Apocalypse is out there. So don’t lose your mental peace, get agitated or wearied-out.

Just keep an eye on how much you’re playing. If you find yourself playing at work, choosing Pokemon Go instead of socializing, playing until you fall asleep and then playing as soon as you wake up, you could be classified as having an addiction.

Experts recommend setting an alarm to limit your time on the game, and make plans with your friends that don’t involve your phone.

Ultimate Tip #

Hence, while playing Pokemon Go- LEAVE YOUR CHARGER AT HOME.