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Outdoor activities, parry the small sores of summer

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Women, men, children: we all are alike! Now that we have sunny days, we want to run everywhere, jump on a bike, put on roller skates, climb the slightest hill. In short, we want to live our adventurous life.
But that does not always end the way we like. The result are cuts and scrapes, bumps and bruises and, sprained hands, legs, arms, and feet. And above all, do not think you do not risk anything by lying quietly on your deckchair. You can get bitten by an insect or sunburnt.
So we must quickly relieve all these little sores which, we must admit, are rarely very bad.

Learn the right steps and master all the situations

Scratches and cuts
Scratches, scrapes, cuts and other small wounds should be washed with soap and water. Then apply an antiseptic to the wound using a compress. Avoid using cotton, which tends to fray, and thus cause additional irritation. You also can use a calendula-based cream that helps effectively heal the wound. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date, especially against tetanus, and if the wound is deep, it is better to consult a doctor.

Blows and bumps
To treat a bruise, place an ice pack on the area for ten minutes. The cold calms the pain and limits the swelling. Then apply an arnica gel, unless the wound is open. In that case, follow the usual method of disinfection and bandaging of open wounds.

Sprains and strains
Apply an ice pack as soon as possible for 15 minutes to reduce pain and swelling. During the several hours after the injury, this procedure should be repeated frequently. For severe sprains, it is important to consult a medical professional. Only a medical professional can decide the right treatment: bandaging, splinting, or a plaster cast.

Insect bites
Treat most insect bites, such as mosquitoes, horseflies or ants, which can cause sharp pain and localized swelling, by applying ice cubes wrapped in a towel. Then, disinfect it with soap and water, or with an antiseptic. If you were stung by a bee, you should remove the stinger with tweezers before applying the ice. For wasps and hornets, apply a heat source as close as possible to the sting for one to two minutes to destroy the venom. If you are allergic to bee, wasp, or hornet stings, or if you suffer multiple, seek medical attention immediately.

Burns
Treat a burn by passing the burnt area under cold water for at least fifteen minutes. Then apply a salve. If there are blisters, avoid piercing them. Cover them with an oily bandage or gauze. Do not use ice, fat, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. And if the wound still is active, do not apply any ointment, including butter, oil, or old-fashioned remedies, such as potato or vinegar. If the surface of the burn is larger than the palm of your hand or blisters appear, seek medical attention immediately.

Sunburn
After a severe sunburn, you first need to cool your skin by taking the coldest shower you can bear. To rehydrate your body, both indoors and outdoors, drink plenty of water and eat water-filled fruits such as watermelon, melon or grape. To regenerate the cells of your skin, apply a calendula-based cream on the sunburnt areas. You can also take over-the-counter painkiller for headache and other pain.

Calendula, the plant that relieves irritations and light burns

Calendula is an annual herb of the Asteraceae family. It is one of the most frequently cited medicinal plants in the traditional pharmacopoeia. It is reputed to be healing and anti-infectious. It also is  recognized for its effectiveness in treating skin problems, such as ulcers, burns, frostbite. In the garden, it is a good plant to put alongside vegetables and roses, because it seems to repel some insect pests.

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