Summer problems solved

Help defeat the sunny season’s hazards

We love the summer months, but they can come hand-in-hand with a host of seasonal problems. Take a look at these common summer issues and see how you can help keep them at bay.


Underestimating the heat

Nothing beats the feel-good factor of sunshine - but if there’s a heat wave, or you do anything too strenuous in hot weather, you’re at risk of developing heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Signs of heat exhaustion can include tiredness, dizziness, nausea, cramps, sweating, thirst, a fast pulse, a headache and dark urine. This is caused by the body losing too much water and salt through sweat. Heatstroke – when the body can no longer cool itself – can put a strain on your organs, and more serious cases may lead to loss of consciousness, confusion and fits.

To help you keep your cool, drink plenty of water, eat water-rich foods such as cucumbers, watermelon and tomatoes, seek out shade from 11am to 3pm and take it easy when it’s hot. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion, get them to lie in a cool place, strip off unnecessary layers, use a wet flannel/sheet or ice packs to help cool skin, and make sure they drink water. They should start to recover within 30 minutes. If they don’t, get medical attention.  


Flaky feet

Time to get your toes out! But summer can be a hot favourite for athlete’s foot – red, itchy, flaky skin between toes and sometimes on soles, due to fungi growing on the skin. Fallen victim? Consider Scholl Athlete’s Foot Pen & Spray Kit.

For more info on athlete’s foot, read our article here.


Bumpy bikini line

Our top tips:

• Use a hydrating shaving gel

• Shave in the direction of hair growth

• If your skin is irritated, wash with a soap that has purifying qualities, like the Dead Sea Sulphur Soap


Attracting bees

Stay calm - and fragrance free! If a bee (or hornet or wasp) appears, don’t swat it – move slowly away, so it doesn’t get stirred up. As smell is important for these insects (it helps them recognise food and their hive), it’s wise to avoid wearing strong scents – your perfume could turn out to be a bee magnet. If you do get stung, the NHS advises carefully scraping the sting out sideways with something hard-edged, such as a bank card. Wash the affected area with soap and water, then apply a cold compress to any swelling. Try to avoid scratching to reduce the risk of infection.


Down-under itch

Summer = thrush season. No wonder, when the fungus likes nothing more than a warm, dark environment (hello wet bikini bottoms after a day at the beach or pool!). After swimming, ensure you change out of your wet gear – and sleep in cotton underwear. If you do get any symptoms, speak to your Boots pharmacist to see if an over-the-counter thrush treatment might be suitable for you, such as Canesflor (always read the label). If it’s the first time you’ve had thrush, speak to your GP.

  

Drinking dodgy water

Many countries (even in Europe) have tap water that may not agree with you. In such places, stick to bottled water (even for brushing your teeth), and avoid ice in drinks. For more advice on water and food hygiene while travelling, check out travelhealthpro.org.uk.