First Aid in the Tropics

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You never know what will happen when you are on a hike or are camping in the woods. But you should always be prepared for the worst. Maybe you will get a horrendous bug bite, or accidentally step on a sharp stick and cut yourself. Either way, this flyer is here to tell you how to safely treat these wounds.

Preparation comes first!

To prevent any major health concerns, you will want to pack a first aid kit just to be sure. In this kit you will want to include band-aids, any kind of adhesive tape, gauze pads, ace bandages, antiseptic spray, tweezers, scissors, any antibiotics you may need, sunscreen and aloe vera for preventing and treating any sunburns you might get, instant cold packs, water purifying tablets, insect repellent, and hand sanitizer. A few other things you may want to pack are Advil or acetaminophen and a snack in case you get hungry.
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What would you do if something like this bit you?

How to treat insect or spider bites:

Well, first you should stay calm because movement increases the spread of poison or venom in the bloodstream. Next, if there is a stinger in the bite quickly remove it with your finger nails or a piece of tape if it is available. then, put an ice pack on it for 20 minutes to help with the swelling. You should then put hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to the bite to help with the itchiness and redness. If the bite continues to get worse in the next 6 hours, see a doctor immediately.
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Pretty Jellyfish huh?

Jellyfish stings:

If you are in the tropics, chances are there will be a beach around and you will be swimming right? If you answered yes to this there is a chance you will be stung by a jellyfish. Although it may seem scary, it is not very complicating to treat. You will want to first start by removing the victim from the water and wash the are with vinegar. It may sound peculiar, but it will help stop the stinging cells. Next, you will want to soak the sting in hot water and get medical help immediately. To treat any discomfort you will want to clean sores 3 times daily and use hydrocortisone cream. You can also bandage if necessary.

Hiking is fun, until you slip and cut your knee open...

How to treat minor cuts, burns, and scrapes:

As soon as you get a cut or scrape you will want to clean it. Always wash your hands before dealing with wounds! You will want to use cool clean water and soap or antiseptic spray to clean it. Next, you will want to stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound. You will want to cover it with tissue or gauze and firmly press on it with your hands. If the bleeding does not seem to stop contact medical help. Lastly you should cover the wound with a band-aid or gauze of some sort. The wound will start to heal rather quickly if you follow these steps, and if it does not you should follow up with medical attention.

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Congrats, you officially know how to deal with minor wounds and stings! With this little back round information you can be the hero of your tropical vacation!