The summer season is here and there’s never been a better time to check that your first aid kit is fully stocked. Carrying a first aid kit with you while out and about during the summer is important for several reasons. It can help provide relief for several summertime conditions with items such as electrolyte tablets and cooling packs.
Plus, all the outdoor activities during the summer increase the risk of cuts, scrapes, and insect bites. Having a first aid kit on hand allows you to quickly clean and dress wounds to prevent infection.
Here are some summertime tips for first aid:
Sunburn: If you or someone you know gets a sunburn, take a cool bath or shower and apply aloe vera or a cool compress to the affected area. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Insect bites and stings: If you get bitten or stung by an insect, remove the stinger if it is present, and apply a cold compress to the affected area. Take an antihistamine to relieve itching or swelling.
Heat exhaustion: If you or someone you know is experiencing heat exhaustion, move to a cool, shaded area and drink plenty of water. Apply cool, wet clothes to the skin or take a cool bath or shower.
Dehydration: To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you are feeling thirsty, you may already be dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, fatigue, and dizziness.
Poison ivy, oak, or sumac: If you come into contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac, immediately wash the affected area with soap and water. Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to relieve itching and swelling.
Swimmer’s ear: To prevent the swimmer’s ear, dry your ears thoroughly after swimming. If you experience pain or discomfort in your ear, see a doctor. Do not use cotton swabs to clean your ears, as they can push wax deeper into the ear canal.
Cuts and scrapes: If you get a cut or scrape, wash the affected area with soap and water, and apply a bandage to keep the wound clean and protected. If the wound is deep or bleeding heavily, seek medical attention.
Remember, carrying a basic first aid kit can give you peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for any unexpected injuries or emergencies that may arise. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health and well-being.