Summertime comes with a whole host of fun and relaxing activities, like lounging at the pool, picnicking in the park and cooking out back. But these fun times often come with some painful side effects and can quickly turn sour without proper protection. Here are some tips from SampleHouse on how to handle the most common summertime ouchies:
Pests and creepy-crawlies might love the summertime even more than kids do. Unfortunately, bugs can be more than just pesky—they can be downright dangerous. Mosquitos carry diseases and can harm both people and pets with just one bite.
The best way to approach mosquito control is to prevent them. Using a trusted insect repellent and lighting citronella candles are great ways to enjoy your outdoor activities bite-free. If you still manage to sustain a few bites, products like antihistamines and steroid cream should be applied immediately to prevent itching and scratching, which can cause secondary infections and scarring. For those who react severely to bites from fire ants, bees and wasps, keep prescriptions like inhalers and EpiPens on hand at all times, as well as Benadryl and ice packs.
Ticks also transmit disease just like mosquitos can, so it’s best to remove them from people and pets as soon as possible. Make sure to remove the tick as close to the surface of the skin as possible with fine-tipped tweezers and cleanse the area regularly until healed. With tick bites, it’s best follow up with a doctor.
Sunburns come in all different degrees of severity, and prevention is the easiest and most effective way to handle the rays. For little ones, using (and reapplying) a sunscreen with a high SPF and water protection is your best bet. Make sure to apply protection indoors and let dry before the kids hit the water. For a little extra insurance at the water park, pool or beach, use a special facial sunscreen that has some staying power. Hats, sunglasses and thin t-shirts only add more protection and lessen the risk of a sunburn. Should you find that you’ve turned into a lobster, treat burned skin generously with aloe vera gel and cool compresses, but be cautious with ice packs, as they can actually increase the risk of blistering and can cause further burning of the skin.
Boy, It’s Hot!
One of the most dangerous summer ailments is becoming overheated. As many warnings as we hear about summertime heat, there are still plenty of cases of extreme dehydration and heat exhaustion every year. Staying indoors when possible and drinking plenty of water, not soda, can help prevent overheating. If you notice someone showing signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion like pale skin, dry gums, deliriousness or even fainting, get them medical care immediately. Offer cool (but never ice cold) water, towels, and even a cool bath if medical help is delayed.
With a few preventive measures, most summertime accidents can be avoided and your summer can stay happy and healthy!