Summer is often synonymous with escaping to a quiet place, or, on the other hand, to a place with lots going on. While camping or at summer camp, health problems can be avoided!
Protection against COVID-19
The coronavirus is still present in the province, and although confinement measures are gradually being lifted, it is important to continue using the standard protective measures when staying at a camping area during the summer season. Physical distancing, limiting the size of gatherings to what is allowed, and hygiene measures need to be diligently followed. If you are camping, you need to follow the various rules in respect to the facilities you go to.
Make sure you have the following items with you so you can use them:
Sunshine is often an indication of a good vacation. Although hot sunny days are very pleasant, going out in the sun unprepared involves certain risks. Who hasn’t felt the discomfort and pain caused by a bad sunburn at some point in their life?
In the long term, UV rays can also damage the skin and cause premature aging, in addition to contributing to the development of skin cancer. This is why it’s important to have sun protection for your skin throughout summer, especially during outdoor activities, and that is long lasting.
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen is an effective and accessible way to protect against the harmful effects of the sun. However, several other measures should also be used to maximize sun protection. You will find them in the following article: The harmful effects of the sun on skin and health. Also read the article entitled: Sunburn: how to care for your skin.
During summer, temperatures can rise several degrees. Be careful: very sunny, hot and humid weather can lead to what is called "heatstroke". The human body has certain mechanisms to stabilize internal temperature. Heatstroke occurs when the body "overheats", and is unable to cool down. In certain situations, this could be considered an emergency and require immediate medical care. To prevent heatstroke, several recommendations should be followed during very hot days, such as a heat wave or in situations that put you at risk. This is detailed in the following article: Recognizing and preventing heatstroke.
Seasonal allergies can put a damper on the joys of summer. Are symptoms such as runny nose, itchy throat, red watery eyes and endless sneezing stopping you from going outdoors? Are you reluctant to go outside for fear that your allergy symptoms will get worse? Come now! Don’t let allergies curb your enthusiasm―solutions exist.
Several measures can be taken to reduce the discomfort caused by seasonal allergies, such as taking daily allergy medication. Talk to your pharmacist for more information about this or read the following article: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies): recognize and ease the symptoms.
Protection against mosquitoes
Is there anything more annoying than serving as an all-you-can-eat mosquito buffet? Insect bites are unpleasant since they often cause symptoms such as redness, pain and itching. However, these are not the only risks involved regarding these pesky insects. They can also transmit certain infections: mosquitoes may carry the West Nile virus and ticks may be carriers of Lyme Disease.
Using effective insect repellent and applying other protective measures are winning strategies for an insect bite- and worry-free summer. Get answers to your questions in the following article: Protection against insect bites using five questions!
Relief from insect bites
It’s a known fact, insects evoke all kinds of contradictory emotions: a source of fear for some people, and of wonder for others. When they bite or sting, it’s normal to be irritated, especially since some insect bites or stings can lead to serious symptoms and complications. Symptoms are usually temporary and may include itching, swelling and pain.
In the most minor cases, simple measures and topical treatments can be very useful. In the case of a severe allergy, you should seek medical attention immediately. An infection resulting from an insect bite or sting will undoubtedly also require medical attention. It’s important to know what to do following an insect sting. Talk to your pharmacist about it. Additionally, read the following article: First aid for insect stings.
Swimming, whether at the beach or in a pool, is an all-time favourite sport for children during summer vacation. However, it may increase the risk of an “outer ear” infection or “swimmer’s ear”, which occurs when water accumulates in the auditory canal and causes inflammation and promotes the growth of bacteria.
Symptoms such as pain, itching and discharge from the auditory canal may also occur. There are effective ways to prevent this problem, as well as over-the-counter medication to relieve symptoms. Find out more from your pharmacist. Also, read the following article: Swimmer’s ear: prevention and treatment, which will enable your little swimmers to enjoy their favourite sport.
First aid kit
During your vacation, a number of incidents may occur such as scrapes, minor cuts and burns, allergic reactions, rashes, vomiting, etc. Because you can’t foresee what summer has in store for you, it’s better to be well prepared for every eventuality. To do this, be sure to have a well-stocked first aid kit. Our article: Stock up your first aid kit will indicate the essentials you should include it your first aid kit.
Remember however, a well-stocked first aid kit isn’t of much use if you don’t know what to do with it. Our article: First aid 101: treating minor wounds is a must to dry your little traveller’s tears.
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information on how to enjoy a healthy and safe summer!