Now that sunny days are here, a lot of summer traditions are going to see a revival. Case in point: camping! People everywhere will be spending parts of their summer exploring the great wilderness. Of course, while the idea of camping is exciting, it can also be dangerous. Anything from bumps, bruises, cuts, scratches and more might occur while in nature. U.S. HealthWorks, operator of an Everett urgent care center, lists the minor injuries that people might face and the first aid treatment that they would require.
Sprains occur when the ligaments that connect your joints become damaged due to trauma, e.g. tripping, jumping down from a high area, or falling down at an awkward angle. To treat sprains, remember the acronym R.I.C.E., which stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate.
Cuts and Scrapes
While enjoying the woods, you might get snagged on tree branches or thorny plants, causing cuts and scrapes to the skin. To treat these, be sure to wash your hands before touching the wounds. Clean the affected area and apply a bit of pressure to stop the bleeding. Afterwards, apply an antiseptic ointment and cover the wound with a bandage to prevent infection.
Few things are as annoying and painful as insect bites, but luckily they can be easily treated in most cases. To begin with, move to a safe area to avoid attracting more insects and remove the stinger if there is one. Wash the area with soap and water and apply a cool compress to quell the swelling. Then, apply a hydrocortisone or calamine cream to minimize itching. You can also take over-the-counter medications to ease the pain of the bite.
Exposure to plants like poison ivy can cause extreme itchiness. To alleviate discomfort, begin by removing clothing from the affected area to prevent spreading the rash. Then, wash the skin with water and apply rubbing alcohol to the area. You can also use over-the-counter products that remove the sap.
Fractures are the most severe non-life threatening injuries an individual can suffer during camp. Because a fracture involves broken bones that have punctured the skin, it is best to seek urgent care in Everett as soon as possible.
Fractures (broken bones): First aid, mayoclinic.org
Emergency & First Aid: First Aid For Poison Ivy, healthy.net
Insect bites and stings: First aid, mayoclinic.org