With the beginning of a warm summer in our midsts, more and more outdoor activities are being planned. This means that there is a greater chance of bug bites, rashes and poison oak breakouts.
It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of bug bites and poison oak and how to prevent skin irritations.
You can get bug bites virtually anywhere, but you have an even greater chance of getting bitten when out hiking, camping or doing any other outdoor activity. It’s best to know how to protect yourself, by wearing loose long sleeved clothing or if apply a bug spray like the brand Bug Off for protection.
If you happen to get bitten, you should clean the bite with soap and water, preferably dial, to remove any contaminated particles. Then, just to ensure that a reaction and or swelling does not occur, you can take an over the counter antihistamine like Benadryl or any anti-histamine that will dry up the bite.
If you enjoy the great outdoors during the summer time, it is helpful to know when the mosquitoes and other bugs are most active. Usually mosquitoes and other bugs are most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk.
One plant in particular that everyone should be aware of when out is the infamous poison oak. It’s a three-leafed green booby trap for unsuspecting hikers and campers that can spread its burning itch everywhere.
The few signs that you want to look on your body for are a red rash, red bumps, itching or swelling, as this can be a sign of poison oak. One method to cleanse the skin of poison oak is to rinse the skin with rubbing alcohol and then wash the affected area with degreasing dish soap. One sure way to protect your skin form the oily poison is to always try to wear protective clothing and to know what poison oak looks like.
If you find yourself with a rash due to poison oak or some other chance encounter with another poisonous plant there are steps you can take in order to relieve the redness and itching. Calamine lotion works to sooth the itching and Aloe Vera will help it to get better quicker.
Valencia Pharmacy has all these products and more when you find yourself suffering from an uncomfortable rash or bite. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff will always guide you in the right direction. For more information on Valencia Pharmacy, call them at (661)255-7910 or visit their location at 23550 Lyons Avenue in Newhall.