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Published on June 17, 2019

Be on Guard for Summer Safety

Kate Clark, NP

The hot days of summer are here. It’s important to know how to stay safe while having fun in the sun or working outdoors. Join Kate Clark, nurse practitioner with LeBauer HealthCare at Stoney Creek, a member of Cone Health Medical Group, to learn tips for staying safe this summer.

Q: If someone gets a bee sting or wasp or bug bite, how can we tell when to treat it ourselves or when we should seek professional medical aid?

A:  Treatment for a bee/wasp sting would include ensuring the complete removal of the “stinger”, cool compresses, elevation of the extremity (arm, leg, etc.), and monitoring. If you experience itching you may apply hydrocortisone cream, take Benadryl at night, or Claritin/Zyrtec during the day.  If you develop significant swelling and redness to your skin, difficulty breathing, and/or tightness in your throat then you are likely having an “anaphylactic reaction” to the venom and will need to see medical attention immediately.  

Q: What should be done if we think someone is being impacted by electricity in the pool?

A: If you see someone who is being impacted by electricity in the pool then follow these steps. Call 911. Ensure the scene is safe for yourself before you offer your help. Help them out of the pool. Provide them with a a non-metal object to grasp, and help them out of the water. Once paramedics arrive they will examine the victim and likely take them to their local emergency department for further evaluation. This scenario is unlikely to occur and participation in swimming/water sports is not safe during thunderstorms.