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May 8 , 2019

First Aid: Dubai Sun, Fun and Summer Woes

Summer is almost here, and we love to enjoy outdoor activities especially with our children but along with the sunshine and warm weather come bees, blisters and more hazards.

Here’s how to stop the pain and itch and get back to the fun!

BEE STINGS

Carefully remove the stinger by scraping it with a credit card. “If you pull it out with tweezers or your fingers, you may accidentally squeeze the stinger’s venom sac and inject the rest of its venom. Next, clean with soap and water then apply a cold compress. Hydrocortisone or calamine cream can help relieve pain and itching. After a sting, you need to watch for signs of an allergic reaction.

Signs of Anaphylaxis: Swollen lips and throat, dizziness, and difficulty breathing, or swallowing, this is a life-threatening allergic reaction. Call 999.

MOSQUITO BITES

Don’t Panic! Here are the do’s and don’t’s you need it know if you get bitten by a mosquito.

Do:

  • Apply honey, baking soda or other home remedies
  • Use cold compress
  • Watch out for more severe reactions
  • Avoid the midmorning and early evening

Don’t:

  • Scratch the bite area
  • Rush to the doctor

JELLYFISH STINGS

A painful sting can cast a dark cloud over your sunny day at the beach very quickly. To get relief, you’ll need to remove the tentacles. Remove them by rinsing with seawater and gently scraping with a credit card or flick off with a cloth. Avoid rubbing the affected area with a towel, as you may force the stingers into the skin. For some types of jellyfish, rinsing with vinegar can help. But that story you’ve heard about urinating on a jellyfish sting to soothe it? A myth, so don’t do it. Immersing the area in warm water (after stingers are removed) can offer some comfort. Oral or topical pain relievers, such as lidocaine cream can help.

SUNBURN

We know all about the importance of sun protection, but if you slip up and get a burn, it can be quite uncomfortable and painful. Cold compresses or a bath can help, as can oral pain relievers and medicated lotions (but talk to your doctor about whether to give them to kids and how much). Drink plenty of water to rehydrate the skin, be sure to stay out of the sun until the burn heals and try one of the more unusual sunburn remedies that work, especially for your children.

HEAT RASH

Also called “prickly heat,” this condition can develop in hot and humid weather, usually on areas of the body covered by clothing. Sweat ducts become blocked and swollen, causing small, red, itchy bumps to appear on the skin. Aside from preventing the rash by keeping cool, there isn’t a lot you can do to treat it. Try to get to a cool area out of the sun, drink plenty of water, and give it time. If the rash becomes painful, contact your doctor; it could be infected.

BLISTERS

It’s oh-so-tempting, but try NOT to pop a blister. The skin over the blister is a protective barrier that’s keeping dirt and germs out. Break it, and you increase the risk of infection. Instead, keep the blister covered with an adhesive bandage.

FOOD-BORNE ILLNESS

Almost any food can become contaminated with bacteria, and this happens more frequently in the summer when we’re cooking and eating outside. Plus, warm temperatures are ideal for bacteria growth. Start by avoiding foods that can cause food poisoning or which has been outside for too long. If you still get hit with a tummy bug, treat with water (try to stay hydrated!)

If you would like some ideas for safe and fun activities in Dubai during the summer, reach out to us at 800 HUMMIN and learn more about our big splash Summer Camp!

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