Summer can be really fun, but it can also come with its own set of challenges. You might be more exposed to the sun which can cause sunburns or you might be outdoors with bugs that can bite you. There are many ailments that generally only occur during warm summer months.
If you do get sunburned, bit by a bug or develop something more serious like heat stroke, here is some advice on what you should do. As always, if you are not feeling well, you may need to see a doctor.
If you get bit by a bug, the first thing you should do is to check it out. Make sure it is not a tick or another bug that is stuck in the skin. If it is, you need to remove it quickly. If it is just a simple mosquito bite, put ice on it immediately to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Ice may also reduce the itching. After, use a hydrocortisone cream to reduce the itch as well. If you notice it is getting bigger and pus is coming out of it, it may be an infection so go see a doctor.
If you notice a sunburn, cool down right away. Take a cold shower, apply cold compresses, moisturize your skin while it is still damp, and apply aloe vera gel to relieve the burn. You also want to make sure to stay hydrated to help your skin and body recover. Next time, make sure you use sunscreen exactly as the bottle says because sunburns can be very dangerous.
When you are outside in the heat, make sure to stay aware of heat illnesses like heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion may come first and is not as serious. Symptoms may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, rapid pulse, and headaches. If you notice these symptoms, get out of the heat and in cool water or air immediately.
Heat stroke is much more serious and does require medical attention. You will start to feel very ill. You need to get out of the sun and start applying cold, damp cloths until medical help arrives.
Food poisoning also peeks in the summer because we eat different foods and we put it outside in the hot air. First, make sure you cook the food properly and cook it long enough. Only leave it outside less than two hours. If it is really hot, over 90 degrees, it may only be safe for around 30 minutes.
What summer ailments have you encountered in the past? How did you handle the when they occurred? Please SHARE with your friends to help keep them safe!