It’s summer time and the weather is fine, you can jump right up and touch the sky…. Well yes! This is the time you want to go out, roll in the sand, climb high mountains, camp in the wild and do so many out of the ordinary things.
The weather seems just right, nature seems to call out to you, the sea invites you and the feeling is just irresistible.
Well, there’s no point waiting and all you need to do is plunge into your holiday activity and enjoy every moment of it. But hey, – Conditions do Apply.
Now it’s time to read between the lines. While you shouldn’t obsess over the possible hazards and obstacles in your path, it would be wise to calmly prepare for them. It doesn’t hurt to have a ‘plan B’. Camping, hiking, sea swimming and sun bathing can be great fun, but throwing all caution to the wind in your hedonistic pursuits, can all too often prove to be counter-productive. It’s with good cause that spring is also referred to as allergy season, a bleak description that could also describe the weather that continues into summer, and it’s best for you to stay on guard. Well, almost anything can trigger an allergy and you need to be aware of your surroundings, as well as your body’s responses to various possible triggers. Let’s look at some of the allergies you could be prone to and how you can prepare for them:
Allergies Affecting You
Pollen/ Plant Allergies: If you are out in the wild this is one thing you need to keep a lookout for. Pollen levels are highest during this time of the year and trigger severe respiratory allergies. Asthma patients are at highest risk, and if you do suffer from asthma and must venture out, make sure to take precautions. As a preventive measure, you should carry your asthma pump with you wherever you go. Besides this, there are various creams that will help in the treatment of rashes that could result from any allergy, resulting from contact with various wild weeds and herbs like Poison Ivy, Dandelion, sun flower, velvet grass, cypress trees, maple trees and so on.
Animal Dander and Dust Mites: This is probably the most widespread of all allergies, second only to those caused by plant material. Dust is probably the hardest to avoid, particularly when you’re outdoors. Keeping your house dust free in itself is a challenge. Animal dander, on the other hand, can be controlled, but you can’t always avoid contact if you’re traveling or a guest at someone else’s house. As with any allergy, if it isn’t always possible to avoid exposure to the allergen, you need to take measures to protect yourself against possible exposure. Carry a first aid kit with you with any anti-allergy medications you could need, as well as ointments and lotions to help prevent or minimize the effects of an allergic reaction. If you’re out camping, select your camp site well and pitch your tents carefully.
Insect Stings: The very thought of that creepy crawlies can send shivers up your spine. As disinfected, bug-free, and sterile as your household may be, there’s little that you can do to avoid them outdoors. Bee stings, ants, mosquitoes and so on can sting you at any time; either when wide awake or fast asleep. One of the most effective ways to protect yourself against possible insect bites would be by applying insect repellents, like mosquito repellent creams and bug sprays. Burning a fire at nights will also keep insects away. Some bites and stings cause severe reactions and can even be life threatening because of the toxins released into your body. In such scenarios, where you observe any severe or prolonged reactions, it would be best to rush to the nearest emergency unit.
Foods: Food can be another major cause of allergies and it’s also often the hardest to identify. While those wild berries and fruits may look really tempting try not to reach out for them! Food allergies can produce pretty severe reactions, so it’s important that you are particularly careful about the foods you eat if you have ever suffered from an allergic reaction. With the delightful weather outside, it’s great to get outdoors, but try and carry some sandwiches, chips and health drinks when you go camping or picnicking. Always be prepared for a reaction and carry the necessary first aid, in case you are going to be in an isolated area with poor access to medical facilities. Eating at cheap motels could also be risky, so try not to grab any quick bites along the way.