Dr Oz: Summertime Survival Guide
Dr Oz’s Summertime Survival Guide was made by conducting a nationwide poll and asking what you’re most concerned about for the summer. Thousands of you responded. On today’s show, Doctor Oz brought in his panel of experts to give you the advice you need on dehydration, heat stroke, ticks and bug bites, plus great tips like a Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent, a Green Tea Cooling Spritzer, an Oatmeal Bath, and of course the summer classic – an aloe vera foot massage. You just want to chill out, relax and recharge, but how are you going to do that if you’re not ready for the summer? Ticks, excessive heat, summer exhaustion, it doesn’t matter the topic, Doctor Oz will answer all your summertime questions.
How to Prevent Bee Stings
Naturalist, David Mizejewski, says bugs were a big concern when it came to summer. (In fact, this was your #1 concern in Dr Oz’s poll.) David says, when a bee stings you, it dies, so in actuality, the bee is trying to stay away from you. If you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone. The problem arises when you start swatting. When bees buzz around you, simply move away (without swatting).
Dr Oz: Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray
Do: Since mosquitoes aren’t strong fliers, use a fan in the area to blow the flies away. For a repellant, use 30% concentration or a natural lemon eucalyptus repellent. Have you tried such a spray or do you have a recipe for a Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray? If so, please share the recipe in the comment section below so that we can try it! If you do get stung, place a cold cucumber on the bite or use calamine lotion.
How to Safely Remove Ticks
Don’t (for ticks): If you get bit, don’t smother with gasoline or alcohol. And DO NOT attempt to burn off the tick with a match. In some cases the tick will regurgitate into the open wound and may cause infection. (Um, yuck!)
Do (for ticks): Use a pair of tweezers to pluck it out. The longer in the skin, the more likely it will spread disease into you. After plucking, disinfect with alcohol. Watch for a red bull’s eye surrounding the bite. This is a sign of lime disease. If you see this, head to the doctor immediately. Pets can carry tick parasites indoors. Use a tick repellent on your pets to minimize risk.
Dr Oz: Dehydration Warning Signs
Leigh Vincour, MD, says that when you go out in the summertime, don’t drink too much alcohol This can cause heat exhaustion at lower temperatures. Some of the warning signs of dehydration include;
-Disorientation- this may become heatstroke. Call 9-1-1 immediately
What To Do If You Have Heat Stroke
The key is to get them out of the elements and into some place cool, like an air conditioned room. Use instant cool packs or wet towels under their armpits or groin area. If unconscious, don’t force liquids. If they can drink, use a sports drink with electrolytes. (Water isn’t enough.)
Can You Catch Diarrhea From Swimming Pools?
You think if you’re swimming in a chlorinated pool, the chlorine will kill everything. Sometimes that isn’t enough. People may have a diarrhea illness and go to the pool. This puts you at risk. Debris (like leaves) in the pool may cause problems also.
Does Sea Water Heal Cuts?
You go to the beach, you think the sand is good for you. (Remember grandma telling you to put seawater on your cut to heal it?) Seawater may contain e-coli or have flesh-eating strep in it. This may be an issue if there is an industrial plant near your beach.
Do You Have to Touch Poison Ivy to Catch It?
Everyone thinks you have to touch poison ivy to get poison ivy. Not true. Your pets can bring poison ivy into the house because the resin, or toxin in the plant can brush off onto your pets. You can get poison ivy weeks after you haven’t even been outside.
Dr Oz: Oatmeal Bath
Solutions: If you have an open wound, don’t go swimming at the pool or beach. Wash with soap and water right after swimming. Don’t scratch the irritated area. Use oatmeal baths or antihistamines if it itches.
Dr Oz: Food Poisoning Prevention Plan
Don’t marinate meat and leave it out of the fridge. If you poke and it looks cooked, don’t believe it. This test is inaccurate. For a marinate, place the meat in a reseal-able plastic bag and place it in the fridge. Use a thermometer with an alarm to tell you when your meat is done.
For grilled meats, as the temp decreases, bacteria grows. To keep warm, use warming trays. On a hot day, bacteria can grow on cold foods in 1 hour. Make an ice bath for the cold food (coleslaw, potato salad) and stick the food in it.
Dr Oz: Cooling Spritzer Spray for Summer Heat
If you want to beat the heat, Doctor Oz says try making a cooling spritzer. To do, mix 1 C of green tea inside 1 C of crushed iced in a bowl. Add mint leaves. When cooled, put in a spray bottle and spray your body throughout the day.
Dr Oz: Aloe Vera Foot Massage
To beat the heat, Dr Oz says rub aloe vera gel onto your feet. Place the gel in the fridge and when it’s cooled, rub onto your feet. This feels good, plus, it will make you much more comfortable in the heat.