Kelly & Michael: Dr. Greg Yapalater Bumps, Bruises & Bites
Dr. Greg Yapalater came by to talk to Kelly & Michael about “bumps, bruises & bites” during the summer months. Kelly said that the summer means more time to get outside, but that also means that there’s more of a chance to get bumps, bruises, and bug bites. Oh my!
Kelly & Michael: How To Tell If Bumps Are Serious
Dr. Greg Yapalater was looking tan. He said it was summer and we finally survived the polar vortex. Now it’s onto “the perils and the pleasures” of summer. Michael had a question. He gets bumps and wanted to know how you know if a bump is serious. A bump is serious if they’re getting bigger and more painful. Michael has had big and painful bumps in his life, which isn’t hard to believe since he was a football player. You have to watch out for it if it’s growing, getting redder, or getting more painful though. You should talk to your doctor.
Dr. Greg Yapalater showed some photographs of bumps. He showed some of children because they tend to get bumps. He showed one of a bump on someone’s head. If they tend to stay at quarter of half-dollar size, then you don’t have to worry too much. If the skin isn’t broken, that’s great. Get an ice pack or put a cool compress on. The swelling will go down.
Kelly & Michael: Bruises
Kelly asked about bruising. She gets a lot of bruises during her SoulCycle class. Bruises are not concerning. You break a vessel under the skin and get a bruise. Just put some Arnica on.
Kelly & Michael: Cuts and Scrapes
Cuts and scrapes are a little different. The skin is broken and once the skin is broken you can have problems. Skin defends your body against germs, and bacteria can get into your body once it’s open. Pay attention to that.
There are a lot of bacteria out there, and there are even more in this day in age. Always disinfect. You can even use soap and water. Then apply an antibiotic ointment. That helps prevent infection and promotes healing. You can use an antibiotic band aid.
Kelly & Michael: How to Get the Bee Stinger Out
They then talked about bites and stings. Kelly’s kids always get large bites. Mosquitos love kids apparently. Kids can’t swat them away. Bees come too when kids are eating ice cream. Perfumes also attract the bees. Michael was stung on his nose when he was a kid.
How do you get the stinger out? When the bee stings you, there’s a little sack attached to the stinger called a venom sac. That’s where the venom is. If you try to pick it out, you’re actually injecting more venom into the body. Instead, take a credit card and scrape it off.
Kelly & Michael: Treating Blisters & Preventing Blisters
Kelly runs everyday and gets blisters. Should you pop them? The skin protects the body, so you don’t want to open it up. Don’t pop it, but if it’s really painful and there’s a lot of pressure you can; just do it sterilely. Get a needle and sterilize it and pop it. That’s not what Kelly does.
What if it pops on its own and you have a skin flap? Keep the skin there. That’s nature’s band aid. That promotes healing. If it’s hanging, peeling, and painful, you can snip it off. Disinfect and then put on an antibiotic ointment and cover it.
The best thing to do for blisters is to prevent them from happening at all. When you get a red, hot spot, use moleskin. It reduces friction. Kelly said that Michael should have used that.
Kelly & Michael: Essential First Aid Kit
You should always travel around with disinfectant, antibiotic cream, band aids, anti allergy medication, and something to wrap things with. Make your own kit. You can find more tips on the website.
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