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The Beach: Not As Safe As It Looks
A Golden Sand Beach Lined With Palm Trees May Not Be As Innocuous As It Looks. For A Happy Summer, Here Are Five Safeguards Against Beach Accidents.
Stay out of the water immediately after meals, and always warm up first before you go in. Apply a cold compress for cramps, a hot compress for muscle spasms. Never apply ice directly to the body; wrap it in a towel first.
You may lose electrolytes if you stay in the sun too long without protection. Start by using high protection sun cream or lotion, reduce protection as you tan, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
If you get sand in your eye, hold the eyelids open wide with two fingers and rinse the eye thoroughly with clean water. If the discomfort continues, be sure to see a doctor.
If you step on a sea urchin, remove the spines yourself if they are not deeply embedded and try not to put weight on the affected area for a while. In case of insect bites, apply a cold compress to prevent swelling.
If you swim in high waves you may swallow some water. The best precaution against this may be to stick close to shore. If you swallow a large amount of water, come out of the water immediately and lie on your side and rest.
Sun allergy is one of the leading causes of beach-related skin problems. Symptoms include spots on the skin followed by itching and tiny bumps or blistering. Protection is more important than treatment. To avoid the harmful rays, it is essential to stay out of the sun around midday.