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First aid for summer

Summer is here and it's time for vacations. Whether hiking, camping, cruising, or retreating, an important part of an enjoyable vacation is staying safe and healthy. Pharmaca recommends adding a few things to your first aid kit to be fully prepared for your travels, wherever they may take you.

First Aid Kit
Make sure that your kit contains a full supply of standard tools, including bandages, sterile cotton pads, gloves, a small pair of scissors, tape, triangular bandages and a CPR face mask. Add some CleanWell brand hand sanitizer as well.

Sun Burn
Protect yourself with a good sunscreen if you are going to be out in the sun for more than 15 minutes per day. If you still get sunburned, use Calendula ointment or Aloe gel topically to soothe.

Cuts, Scrapes or Wounds
Witch hazel extract or Isopropyl alcohol will clean any minor injuries in the absence of clean water. Tea tree oil can be applied to help heal small cuts.

Insect Bites and Stings
Take the homeopathic remedy Apis 30C for localized bites and stings. Aveeno anti-itch ointment helps reduce itching. People with allergic reactions should get a prescription EpiPen to take along.

Zyrtec or Claritin are available over the counter at Pharmaca. Natural options include Boiron Sabadil for runny nose, teary and itchy eyes or WishGarden Allergy Relief for children and pregnant women.

Poison Ivy/Poison Oak Rash
Pharmaca carries homeopathic remedies like Hyland's Poison Ivy/Oak formula and Rhus tox 30C, as well as standard treatment options like Benadryl anti-itch lotion. Even preventative formulas are available.

Digestive Disturbances
Arsenicum Album 30C helps treat traveler's diarrhea. Jarrow's EPS Probiotic capsules are stable at room temperature and can be used for diarrhea or indigestion of any nature. Try either Tums or DGL (Deglycerrhized licorice) for heartburn, and drink Smooth Move tea for relieving constipation.

Jet Lag
Sublingual Melatonin is recommended since it takes effect faster and is more convenient to carry when traveling. Try Hyland's Calms Forte or Rescue Sleep if you are trying to manage your sleep schedule.
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