No matter what you have planned for the summer, chances are part of it will be spent outdoors. With outdoor fun comes a range of possible injuries and ailments. But don’t hide in your bedroom just yet! We have a way to handle almost every situation this summer, both doctor approved and Grandma approved. So get out there and enjoy the good weather and if you run into trouble, you should be able to handle it in most cases with what you already have in your cabinets.
-Remove the stinger first if there is one, only honeybees leave a stinger. Scrape it out gently with your fingernail or a credit card, do not pull. The quicker the better to avoid more venom being pumped into the victim.
-Assuming you are not allergic to bee stings and have no symptoms of an allergic reaction, just wash the sting with soap and water.
-Take Ibuprofen for swelling and pain if needed.
-You can attempt applying lemon slices to the area after rubbing down with alcohol. This should relieve the sting.
-Ice can be helpful as well with the swelling and pain. Apply an ice pack or ice cubes wrapped in a towel for about 20 minutes.
-Try making a paste with vinegar, baking soda and meat tenderizer. The papain in the meat tenderizer is said to break down toxins in bee venom. Apply to the sting and wait about 20 minutes for symptoms to subside. Reapply after several hours.
First of all you have to know what kind of insect bite you have. Of course the most common is mosquito bites and those are pretty easy to treat.
-Over the counter remedies such as calamine lotion and Cortaid might help with the itch.
-One remedy Grandma might have told you about is to use fruit juice. You need an acidic fruit like lemon or lime to help dry out the bite and the inside of a banana peel rubbed on the bite will help soothe the itch.
-Another remedy to relieve the itch is to mix one teaspoon each of lavender oil and vegetable oil. Apply the mixture to your bite. The lavender will reduce swelling and take away the itching.
-Also try using a cotton swab to apply toothpaste (preferably a peppermint flavor) to a mosquito bite to combat itching.
Not sure what kind of bite you have? Check Biteremedy.com for a list of different possible insect bites and what they look like.
Whether you’re cooking on the grill or over a campfire, burns are a common summertime injury. You should run cold water on the burned area for at least 10 minutes, then apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment. If it hurts, you may put a cloth bandage on and a cold, dry compress, like a bag of frozen vegetables.
Food Borne Illnesses/Food Poisoning:
When you have food outside in hot summer weather and potentially people not keeping serving utensils clean, you have the possibility of someone getting sick from bacteria in the food. However, if that happens you can generally treat it at home. Most times symptoms will subside within 48 hours. If not, you may need to seek medical attention. If you have gotten sick from eating shellfish or mushrooms, you need to seek medical attention. Any signs of heart palpitation or dehydration mean you need to seek a doctor’s care.
-Bed rest is very important to get over the illness. Give yourself at least a day of doing nothing.
-Replenish your liquids by drinking water and other clear liquids.
-Replace your potassium with bananas. Vomiting and diarrhea can deplete your potassium levels and can be life threatening if bad enough.
-If you over indulge one night, the best thing you can do is hydrate with water. Before you go to bed, drink several glasses.
-Lemon tea is said to be good for hangovers because it flushes toxins out of your system. You might also want to mix some fresh lemon juice in cold water to get relief from a hangover.
-Raw cabbage is rumored to be good for treating a hangover. Eat a piece of raw cabbage to get relief from a headache. Try chewing on cabbage along with a glass of tomato juice to cure the hangover.
-Peppermint and ginger are good for helping with nausea.
If Aunt Edna’s potato salad combined with those grilled sausages gives you a little reflux, there are several ways to handle it.
-Try an over the counter antacid such as Tums or Rolaids. These can generally be taken every 6 hours and you won’t need a prescription.
-You can make your own antacid by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass water. Check the antacid use information on the box before using this remedy, however. Warning! If you’re on a salt-restricted diet, do not use baking soda. It’s loaded with sodium. Alternatively, you can also mix 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water. Take 1 teaspoon of the solution as needed.
-At the first sign of heartburn, try mixing 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, and 1 cup warm water.
-Warm milk and honey is said to help cut down the acid in your esophagus. But if you are lactose intolerant, that may make it worse! Try buttermilk.
-Certain juices such as mango and papaya may have properties that cool down the burn of acid indigestion.
-Munch on 6 or 8 blanched almonds or a little brown rice to relieve symptoms. Also apples, raw or cooked are said to help cure the burn.
-Cinnamon is a traditional remedy for acid relief. Brew a cup of cinnamon tea from a cinnamon stick. Or try a commercial brand, but buyer beware; cinnamon tea often has black tea in it, which is a cause of heartburn, so make sure your commercial brand doesn’t contain black tea.
-To help prevent heartburn, drink water in between meals (not during).
Heat Sickness and Heat Stroke:
-Heat sickness often occurs when you suffer from physical exertion combined with extreme heat and dehydration. Resting in a cool, dark room and rehydrating with plenty of cool water usually can relieve the symptoms. Wet towels on the skin are also helpful. Because heat exhaustion can sometimes lead to heat stroke, you should seek medical attention if you think you have the symptoms.
-Heat stroke or sun stroke is more severe when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. If a person’s body temperature reaches 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they may have heat stroke. Another telltale sign is when the person stops sweating. This is a medical emergency and you should get medical attention immediately. While transporting a victim of heat stroke to the hospital remove as much of their clothing as possible, cool them off by fanning them and spraying them with water or applying cold, wet washcloths, and offer small sips of cold, salted water if the person is conscious.
-To stop the itching (which will help stop the spread of poison ivy) you can use Calamine lotion. And if you aren’t going anywhere try Benadryl or a similar drug to help with the itching.
-Rubbing alcohol applied liberally to the affected area followed by washing with water may help as well.
-Apple cider vinegar may help to dry out the patches. Mix equal parts of water or alcohol and apple cider vinegar and dot with a cotton swab.
-Bleach can also help dry out the poison ivy and kill any poison ivy resin. Mix equal parts of bleach and water and soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Apply liberally to skin and the blisters should be gone the next day.
-Use Aloe or vinegar on the skin to stop inflammation and pain.
-Take 3 tablespoons of ground meal and mix it with half cup of yogurt. Rub this mixture over your neck and face. Wash it off after about 30 minutes.
-Mix honey and lime in 2:1 proportion and apply on affected area. Wash off after 20 minutes.
-Hydrate! Your need to help replenish the moisture that has been sucked out of your body.
-Ibuprofen may help with the pain and inflammation.
The best way to handle sunburn is to use prevention. Severe sunburn can be life threatening so if sunburn is accompanied by fever, vomiting or oozing skin, you may need to seek medical attention.
-Mild swimmer’s ear can be treated with a few drops of white vinegar placed in both ears. Put a few drops of vinegar in one ear and leave it in the ear canal for about five minutes before turning the ear down in order to drain the solution. Repeat this twice a day for three days. It is most effective against any fungal or bacterial infection as the acetic acid inhibits the growth of bacteria.
-When water clogs the ears, put three or four drops apple cider vinegar, diluted in equal parts with water or alcohol, after showering or swimming. This helps prevent future infections.
-Another home remedy for swimmers ear requires a sock and some salt. Fill the sock with salt and warm it in a microwave. Be careful not to over microwave it. Lay your head down on the sock, with the affected ear against it to help drain your ear.
If the condition persists or causes a great deal of pain or hearing loss, seek medical attention.
-If you know you have a yeast infection versus a bacterial infection, try yogurt or tea tree oil in the affected area. Garlic paste is also very good for areas other than the vaginal area for treating symptoms.
-Over the counter medicines exist but again, it is important to be sure it is a yeast infection before trying these as they can do more harm than good.
It is very important to distinguish between a yeast infection and other infections first as some treatments may make a bacterial infection worse. Avoid getting a yeast infection by getting out of wet bathing suits as quickly as possible, wearing loose fitting clothing and cotton underwear and maintain a healthy diet.
What remedies do you turn to when summer gets a little painful? Whether you believe in visiting the drug store when trouble arises or stick with Grandma’s home remedies, let us know!
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