Dr Oz Summer Survival Guide
Memorial Day is almost here, and each year it heralds the unofficial start of summer. That’s why Dr Oz surveyed viewers like you to find out what you’re most concerned about as we head into the hot season of vacations, baseball, and fireworks. From thousands of responses, Dr Oz chose the most asked about topics and invited experts to help get you ready for summer. Find out how to make a Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent Bug Spray, how to keep hydrated with Green Tea, and ways to relax after a long, lazy summer day. Plus, find out how to Avoid Exhaustion & Dehydration in the height of the summer heat.
Dr Oz: How To Prevent Bee Stings
Nothing ruins a summer picnic like a rogue bee honing in on you and your family. How can you prevent bee stings before they spoil your sunny afternoon? Naturalist David Mizejewski noted that bugs were viewers’ top concern when it comes to summer weather.
The truth about bee stings is that they actually end up killing the bee. Since bees aren’t suicidal, they sting only as a defense mechanism of last resort. They don’t really want anything to do with you, so it should be easy to avoid them. But the mistake people make is attempting to swat them away. This will engage them and heighten their natural defenses, so the best thing you can do is slowly move away without swatting a bee.
Dr Oz: Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent
For all the attention they get and bites they leave behind, you might be surprised to learn that mosquitoes don’t fly very well. One of the best things you can do to keep them away is use a fan to circulate air, which will blow insects away from your porch or patio.
You can also create your own homemade repellent, or find a natural product like Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray repellent, which works well. Have you tried to make your own bug spray? Do you have a favorite brand? Sound off and share your advice in the comments section.
If you are dealing with a bee sting or mosquito bite, try this natural soothing remedy. Apply a cold Cucumber or Calamine Lotion to the inflamed area for relief.
Dr Oz: Safe Way To Remove Ticks
Another summer insect that takes the fun out of the outdoors is the pesky tick. Despite the popular myths you may have heard or seen in movies, you do not want to douse a tick in gasoline or alcohol. You also shouldn’t try to burn it off using a match. This could lead the tick to vomit and create an infection in your open wound.
Instead of those drastic urban legend methods, there is a safe way to deal with ticks on the skin. Just pluck them out gently using tweezers. Fast action is key, because the longer you wait, the more time the tick has to infect your skin with disease. Once the tick is removed, clean the area using alcohol. If you see a red bullseye shape forming around the site of your bite, you may have Lyme Disease and it’s time to get to the doctor right away.
Also, beware of ticks that could be traveling on your household pets. Your four legged friends could unwittingly be carrying these disease filled creatures into your house. Be sure to treat your pets with a tick repellent medication, especially if they’re spending lots of time outdoors this summer.
Dr Oz: Signs of Dehydration
Having a beer at the family barbecue seems appetizing, but Dr Leigh Vincour said you have to be careful about consuming too much alcohol while outside in the summer sun. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to Heat Exhaustion at much lower temperatures than you’d expect.
Here are some signs to watch for to make sure your family members aren’t getting dehydrated.
- Excess Sweat
If your family member seems disoriented, they could be suffering a Heat Stroke. Don’t wait; call 911 immediately if you suspect something is seriously wrong.
Dr Oz: What To Do For Heat Stroke
The first step you should take if someone is exhibiting signs of heat stroke is to get them indoors to a cool place. Go inside and put them in an air conditioned room, or place them by a fan. Grab cold packs from your fridge or freezer, and apply wet towels under the armpits and the groin area.
If a family member is unconscious, do not attempt to get them to drink. However, if the person is able to drink on their own, give them a sports drink containing electrolytes. Water is better than nothing, but it’s not enough to get them rehydrated quickly.
Can You Get Diarrhea At A Swimming Pool?
The stinging and burning of chlorine in a public pool may give you the sense that it’s strong enough to kill any bacteria. But that’s not always the case. If you’re at a public pool and someone is sick with symptoms such as Diarrhea, they could be spreading their illness to you and others. Also keep an eye out for foreign objects such as leaves or branches, which can also pose health risks to swimmers.
Dr Oz: Salt Water & Cuts
The ocean is salt water, and there’s an old wives’ tale that says it’s great for healing cuts and wounds. But in fact, the opposite is true. That’s because the sea water could be full of E Coli. or even a flesh eating form of Strep bacteria. People who live near industrial complexes and facilities should especially exercise caution around these areas.
Dr Oz: Oatmeal Bath For Wounds
Beaches and pools are no place for someone who’s trying to heal open wounds. If you do go swimming, make sure to wash your cuts immediately afterward using soap and water. Avoid the temptation to scratch your itchy cuts. Instead, try an Oatmeal Bath or use Antihistamines to manage your symptoms.
Dr Oz: Poison Ivy From Pets
If you’ve never had Poison Ivy, you are lucky. But what you might not know is that you can actually contract it without touching it. That’s because the toxic resin of the plant can brush off on your pet’s fur. They could pass it on to you, even weeks after being exposed. Be sure to bathe pets regularly and use caution in wooded areas.
Dr Oz: How To Prevent Food Poisoning
Summer is a great time for barbecues and eating outdoors at picnics, parks, or get-togethers. But you want to make sure you’re handling food properly to avoid giving your family and friends a side of food poisoning with your favorite summer meal.
If you are marinating meat before a big cookout, be sure to leave it in the refrigerator, not out on the counter. Try placing it in a resealable bag in the fridge. When cooking, don’t rely on a finger test to help you gauge when it’s done.
When you are grilling meat, bacteria has a chance to grow quickly as the food temperature decreases. Try using a warming tray to keep cooked food at safe temperatures.
In hot weather, it’s all too easy for cold foods to begin growing bacteria in as little as one hour. Keep cold foods cool by using an ice bath underneath serving dishes.
Dr Oz: Cooling Spritzer Recipe
Dr Oz shared his recipe for a refreshing summer spritzer that can keep you cool on the warm summer days ahead. In a spray bottle, combine a cup of Green Tea and a cup of crushed ice. Throw in some mint leaves if you like, and keep the bottle with you for a refreshing spritz throughout your day.
Dr Oz: Aloe Vera Foot Massage
There’s one last refreshing way to beat the summer heat. Stick a bottle of Aloe Vera gel in your refrigerator. Once it’s cool, rub it on your feet. It will feel cold and refreshing, and it’ll keep your feet comfortable after a long day in the summer heat.