Summertime is here, and with it comes fun in the sun, vacations, and long, lazy days when the kids are out of school. Despite all the fun summertime holds, there’s also a danger of injuries, from sunburns to insect bites and even being hit with a stray beach volleyball!
Cold therapy is a proven effective method of treating many common minor ailments that could occur during the summer months. Cold Packs are a flexible option for your customers or clients to help assist with their first aid efforts and soothe many of the discomforts of summer. However, we always suggest that people seek medical attention for insect bites, sunburns, and heat stress.
Mosquito bites and bee stings are among the most common types of insect bites, but spider bites are also common. It is estimated that over 2 million people are allergic to bee stings in the US. Symptoms can range from localized discomfort to anaphylactic shock, which requires treatments with a shot of epinephrine. While some individuals may experience serious reactions to bee stings or spider bites and may need medical intervention right away, others may just have redness and a painful, swollen bump. Hives are also common and a notable allergic reaction. If an individual breaks out into hives after an insect bite, they may need to be checked for a bite allergy. Everybody reacts to the insect’s saliva differently, and some may have a sensitivity to it.
Applying a cold pack to the affected area can help reduce the swelling and pain and even soothe itchiness. First, the affected area should be washed and patted dry, then the cold pack should be placed on the area for 20 minutes and then removed for at least 20 minutes. Repeat as needed.
Even with the best care of applying sunscreen, many people get sunburn. Protective cool gel sleeves may be of special benefit for people who have sunburns on their arms, while an instantly activated cold pack can deliver instant relief after a burn. Sometimes, sunburns blister, so applying cooling gel can help reduce the size and severity of the blisters. As a reminder, never apply a cold pack to broken skin. We always encourage people to seek medical attention if they are concerned for their safety and wellbeing.
Heat Stress and Heat Exhaustion
When people are overexposed to the sun, especially midday, or when they get dehydrated while outside, they may develop heat exhaustion or heat stress. Feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or faint while outdoors may indicate heat exhaustion, and your body may simply be unable to cool itself alone. Cold packs, placed on the head, groin, and underarms, help cool the body down and combat the symptoms of heat exhaustion. An instant cold pack can quickly help someone who needs immediate assistance or does not have access to a freezer.
Even if someone isn’t experiencing the symptoms of heat exhaustion, having a cold pack on hand while at the pool, beach, or hiking can help avoid overheating in the first place. Carrying the instant pack in a backpack or pool bag is a great idea for your customers.
It is estimated that Americans make over 400 million trips to the beach each year, so while fun in the sun, whether it’s frisbee or beach volleyball, or kids enjoying the beach playground, is a blast, these activities are also the source of a lot of bumps and bruises. Treating a lump or bump with a cold pack is a traditional first aid remedy and will help reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Carrying a range of instant cool packs and soothing gel products will help your customers stay safe this summer.
Contact Rapid Aid For More Information
Rapid Aid is a leader in cold therapy products. With over 45 years of manufacturing excellence, our wide range of products can provide relief for everything from sunburns to bug bites and heat exhaustion. We offer our in-house branded solution, Rapid Relief, or can develop a private label for your business. You’ll benefit from our advanced technology and quality workmanship. We create products that will help contribute to the quality and integrity of your brand. Alternative means of pain control may be the future of medicine. Contact us today