Summer First Aid
14 Jun 2019
Dehydration is not fun and can get serious. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic drinks to avoid dehydration!
Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness. Symptoms include a throbbing headache, high body temperature above 103 degrees, lack of sweating, rapid pulse, and nausea or vomiting. If someone is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately and try to cool the person down. If they’re conscious, have them sip water. Have the person lie down with the feet elevated and apply damp towels/ ice packs to the armpits, wrists, ankles, and groin.
If you’re stung by a bee or wasp, the first thing you need to do is to scrape the stinger off to prevent more venom from entering your body; a credit card will do the trick. Gently wash around the area with soap and warm water, and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and redness. A thin paste of baking soda and water also helps to treat a bee sting.
Warm weather brings out seasonal animals such as snakes. If you’re bitten by a snake, call 911 immediately. Remove anything constricting near the area, such as a ring or watch. Wash the wound with soap and water and keep the affected area below the level of your heart. Don’t cut the area or attempt to suck out the venom, and don’t apply heat or ice. Get the injured person to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Summer can be a dangerous time for pets too. Dogs are even more prone to dehydration and heat stroke than humans because they don’t sweat, they pant to cool off. If your dog is acting sluggish or confused, their tongue is bright red and they’re panting hard, they’re probably dehydrated. Get your pet out of the sun and give them plenty of water. Kiddie pools are a great way to keep your pets cool.