Swim only at patrolled beaches with properly-trained lifeguards and adequate treatment facilities. Stings may also result from remnants of floating damaged tentacles, so avoid swimming in infested waters, especially after a storm.
Wearing protective clothing such as a wet suit, rash guard and gloves, may also help. If possible, use sunblock containing jellyfish and sea lice repellent.
Protect yourself from the elements
If water isn’t your thing, you can try scaling new heights on mountains or trails. Or, more family-oriented parks or playgrounds may be an alternative setting of choice. But these places also carry risks. Angela, 7, was allowed by her mom to play at the village park. A few minutes later, she was crying—a bee had stung her finger.
When it comes to bee stings, never squeeze the stinger—it may worsen the situation. It’s best to scrape it off with a card or a clean, long fingernail. Insect bites can be treated with a cold compress for 10 to 15 minutes to relieve the pain. Putting calamine lotion may also help.
Roaming the outdoors may also make you prone to bumps or bruises, scrapes and cuts. As long as there’s no excessive pain or bleeding, no sign or symptom of a broken bone, no paralysis or tingling sensation, and the cut is not more than half an inch, a doctor’s consult may not be necessary. Cleaning the injury with soap and water is important, so is applying a topical antibiotic if contact with dirt or dust occurred with an open-skin injury. For injuries on closed skin, application of an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes and elevation of the area will relieve symptoms.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, especially if you are going to areas where there may be a lot of bugs. Apply DEET-free insect repellents to exposed skin.