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The Essentials for a Summer First Aid Kit
Date:5/30/2013

San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) May 30, 2013

Scrapes, bumps and stings seem to happen at the most inopportune times. This summer, it is important to have a good first-aid kit that has all of the must-have essentials to deal with unexpected emergencies. Whether starting with a store bought kit or one that’s put together at home, Linda Ratner, RN of Impact Urgent Care recommends the following items people will want to have with them at all times, and other items to pack for activity-specific excursions.

“If you’re going to be exercising or playing outdoors, for example, make sure you pack a good broad spectrum sunscreen. If you’re hiking, bug repellent and medications for allergic reactions should be in your kit,” said Ratner.

Here are the basic items Ratner recommends for every first aid kit:

For Sun protection, choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Look for products with Zinc Oxide, which offer the best protection available.

“Many of us think about the bright white zinc oxide creams that have been on the market for decades,” said Ratner. “The good news is there are now clear zinc oxide products that work just as well.”

If activities will be outdoors, wearing bug repellant containing DEET can help protect from insect bites including mosquitoes that can carry the potentially fatal West Nile Virus.

For bug bites and stings or minor burns, pack an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin. For added relief, consider choosing one that offers pain relief as well. For allergic reactions, include both Benadryl and Zantac (available in the antacid aisle). Each of these medications addresses different allergic reactions, should one occur; give the prescribed dose of both medications at the same time. A hydrocortisone cream can help with the itch.

For bee or wasp stings, use a plastic credit card to scrape out the stinger. Clear cellophane tape or fine tipped
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