With all of the time spent outdoors during the summer, we can occasionally encounter the seasonal injury or two. There has always been a constant debate over which home remedies work to relieve sunburns, stings, and other summer wounds so we have compiled a list of ways to solve these bumps in your summer fun!
Sunburns-First off, ALWAYS wear an SPF higher than 30 when you are outside no matter what—this will protect you from having to deal with skin issues down the road and painful burns during the summer. If you do forget the sunscreen and leave the beach with a bad burn, take a cool bath and add either 2 tablespoons of baking soda or 1 cup of oatmeal. Don’t soak over 20 minutes or you’ll dry your skin out. Always follow traditional methods of using aloe, cold compresses, anti-inflammatory medicine and drink tons of water.
Jellyfish Stings-We all know the old wives tale of peeing on a jellyfish sting but we promise you, there are easier methods than this (and less embarrassing). It is important to remove the stinger from the stung area by running a credit card or hard edge against it. After this, to ease the stinging use meat tenderizer on the wound and take an antihistamine (like Benydril) to soothe any further irritations.
Bee Stings-This advice goes for anyone without an allergy to bee stings, if you do have an allergy, proper medical instruction should be given. Remove the stinger with a pair of tweezers and wash the area with soapy warm water. Ice down the area with an ice pack or cold compress and follow it up with some Benydril to take down the irritation and swellings.