Summer can be the perfect season. You can enjoy picnics, swimming, fishing, and just hanging out in the great outdoors. However, you can also get stung by a bee, burn yourself grilling, get into a patch of poison ivy, be invaded by ticks and step on something as scary as a rusty nail. Here are some tips to help you deal with such emergencies, so that your summer doesn’t become a scary season.
Being stung by a bee
First, if you are allergic and you know it, quickly use your epi-pen as you were instructed.
If you are not allergic or at least do not think you are, examine the area. If you see a stinger, you can try removing it gently by scraping a credit card along the area. If it doesn’t pop out quickly, trying using a pair of tweezers to remove it. Clean the wound with soap and water. You can also apply a mixture of baking soda and water to it. This will help ease the pain. If you begin to wheeze or start seeing hives, call 9-1-1. You may be allergic. Remember an allergy can start at any time.
Burns while trying to grill
Run the burnt area under cold water. This can help ease the pain. Rub some aloe vera over the area. You can take an ibuprofen to help keep down any inflammation.
Never use butter or petroleum jelly on burns. They can trap heat inside them and make them worse.
If the burn begins to blister or is very big, seek professional help.
Itchy poison ivy
Poison ivy seems to be able to grow anywhere. If you or a love one gets into a patch, quickly wash the area off with a dish detergent. Try using calamine lotion to calm the itch.
If it doesn’t seem to improve on its own, consult your physician.
You find a tick on yourself, your child or dog
Remove it as soon as you can. Do this by grasping it by the head with a pair of tweezers. Pull it straight out of the skin.
If Lyme disease has been reported in your area, you may want to stick the tick in a plastic bag and call your physician or local hospital to see what they advise you to do next.
Someone steps on a rusty nail
If the nail has become broken inside the foot, go to the hospital. Otherwise, clean the area with soap and water. Then place some antibiotic ointment on it. If the bleeding is bad, consult your physician.
You may also want to call your local physician’s office if you are behind on your tetanus vaccination. They may advise you to come in for one, to be on the safe side.
Yes, accidents can happen. They can especially happen while we are trying to enjoy summer. Yet, by knowing how to handle them before they occur, we can keep our cool and keep them from becoming more of an ordeal.