Anti-Allergy Skin Care Kit…
Band aids, disinfecting wipes and antibiotic cream:
Kids can get scrapes and cuts while running around in the big outdoors—and adults can, too. It’s important to be ready with disinfectant to treat small cuts and scrapes safely. Band-aids are an obvious item to pack, as well as light bandages just in case.
Look for broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVB and UVA rays, with an SPF of at least 30. It’s also best to go for a “sport” sunscreen that is water-resistant. You’ll still need to reapply after swimming, but it will stand up to sweat better than the non-water-resistant variety—and you won’t have to worry about reapplying as often. If you have room, pack both the spray—which is easy and fast to apply, especially for kids who don’t want to sit still—and the cream.
Bug bites are more than a nuisance. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, which can be serious. Ticks are everywhere, and especially easy to pick up on hikes and family camping trips. Look for a bug spray with a DEET percentage of 10%, and bear in mind that bug spray is not particularly water-resistant—so you’ll need to reapply after swimming or periodically after physical activity that works up a sweat.
Summer allergies can really put a damper on vacation fun. Even if you don’t have allergies at home, going to a new environment—even a few states away—can expose you to pollens and irritants in the air that you’re not used to. If you have kids, look for kid-strength anti-histamines. In addition to relieving allergies, they also bring down swelling in case of bee stings.
Pain reliever –
A general pain reliever is a good thing to have in your first-aid kit—to relieve swelling as well as aches and pains and common headaches. If you have children, it’s best to have the children’s version of these medications.
- Ibuprofen is generally considered one of the safer choices, as it has a lower chance of causing stomach issues and does not stay in the body very long.
- Aspirin has anti-clotting properties that make it good for people suspected of having a stroke, but it is not as commonly used as an everyday pain reliever for these reasons.
- Tylenol and other pain relievers with acetaminophen can cause liver damage at higher doses; this can happen more easily than you’d think, especially with children.
It’s important to talk to a doctor if you aren’t sure which non-prescription pain reliever is best for you and your family.
Dr. Larry Jaeger is a well known and respected board certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon who is the medical director of Advanced Dermatology Associates of New York. Dr Larry Jaeger specializes in all aspect of medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.