From sunburn and swimmer's ear to poison ivy and bug bites – it's all part of summer and spending time outside.
CVS Minute Clinic nurse practitioner Krystle Reddout was on Houston's Morning Show to share tips on treating common summer ailments.
- Use tweezers and pull it straight out from the head instead of the swollen belly
- Nail polish, petroleum jelly or heat will not help
- Wash the site with alcohol or soap and water
- Keep an eye on the area. If after a couple weeks you see an expanding ring around it or develop a fever, see a doctor.
- If it's the common variety we see in the Gulf, use seawater to flush and cleanse the wound
- Urine and meat tenderizer are not effective and may cause more pain
- Use antibiotic ointment and a light bandage
Poison ivy, oak or sumac
- Flush exposed areas ASAP with water. Do not scrub.
- Carefully remove clothing while avoiding skin contact
- Rash can develop in four hours to four days and last two to three weeks
- Calamine lotion or borrows solution to treat rash
- Cold, wet compresses or oatmeal baths to relieve itching
- Antihistamines and OTC hydrocortisone creams do not help itching
- Dry ears with a towel after swimming
- Tilt head to allow water to drain
- OTC treatments promote drying and prevent bacteria growth
- Or you can make your own: half rubbing alcohol, half white vinegar; Squirt a few drops into the ear, let sit for a few minutes, drain it by tilting head to the side
- Cold, damp compress
- Apply aloe vera
- Take ibuprofen or another pain reliever
- Drink plenty of water
- Leave blisters alone
- If you feel dizzy, sick, or you think you have a really bad burn, see a doctor