This is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature, but some of the side effects of all that outside time can take the fun out of summer. Here’s a quick refresher on some basic first aid.
Insect Stings and Bites – Keep the area clean and apply cold compresses to help reduce swelling. Avoid scratching and picking at the area. Non-prescription painkillers or antihistamines can help to relieve symptoms.
Scraped Knees and Elbows – Use pressure to stop any bleeding. Gently rinse the wound with clean water, then cover with a bandage or dry gauze.
Sunburn – Keep well hydrated and apply cool water for comfort. Aloe Vera can help soothe mild burns and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, can ease discomfort. Limit sun exposure until the burn heals.
Ensure you are well prepared before setting out on an outdoor adventure by checking and stocking your first aid kit and packing plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent. Ask your pharmacist for advice on the types of products you should have on hand to help ensure you get the most out of your summer!