As the weather warms up and everyone heads outside, injuries can be common. Be prepared for minor accidents this summer by brushing up on your first aid knowledge.
If someone is stung by a bee, gently push out the stinger using a blunt-edged object. You can also use your fingernail, but take care not to squeeze venom back into the skin. Clean the wound, apply a cold compress, then dab on a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to relieve the pain.
Washing exposed areas with soap and water within five to 10 minutes of contact should prevent a breakout. If you don’t get to it in time, a cool bath laced with baking soda or oatmeal will rinse the rash-spreading oil. Afterward, apply calamine lotion to ease the itching. Be sure to wash all clothes (including sneakers) and sheets, as well as your pet’s fur; the potent oil can adhere to fabrics and other surfaces for up to a month, posing a risk of reinfection. If the rash starts oozing or the skin is swelling, call your doctor.
Be sure to keep a small first aid kit in your car or beach bag to ensure you are prepared for any incidents on the go. Bandages, disinfectant wipes, and a hydrocortisone cream are good things to bring with you. Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray!