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Surviving the Elements This Summer!

Summer can be a lot of fun, but you're often out in elements you're not used to. With those annual camping trips come bug bites, altercations with poison ivy and even sunburn! So how do you treat these pesky summertime ailments? Check out these great home remedies that will have you back out in the wilderness in no time!

How to Treat Bug Bites

Depending on whether you're allergic to bug bites or not will determine how irritating they will be. Mosquito bites can range from mildly annoying to extremely itchy and swollen. If your bug bites are driving you to scratch off your skin, you might want to consider applying a topical remedy like calamine lotion or a baking soda/water paste. Both will help to draw the itch out and make things a little more bearable. If those aren't remedy enough, ask the 'rents to grab you an antihistamine from the drug store like Benadryl.

How to Treat Bee Stings

If you're ever been stung by a bee, alert an adult right away! Many people are extremely allergic to bee stings and if you've never been stung before, you don't know how your body may react. In some cases, you may need to go to the hospital to be treated.

If you know that you're not allergic, start by removing the stinger. It will appear black and can usually be removed by scraping at the sting. Next, you'll want to apply something to soothe the itching and burning. If your mom has some meat tenderizer in the kitchen, get her to mix one part of that to four parts water and then apply to the sting. Don't leave this on longer than 30 minutes. If there's no meat tenderizer around, whip up a baking soda/water paste and apply that. If the pain is quite bad, you may need to take some kind of pain killer - but make sure you talk to the 'rents about it first.

How to Treat Sun Burn

Despite warnings to always apply sunscreen before leaving the house, we've all managed to get a sun burn at some point. So, once the damage is done, how do you soothe the pain? Some great natural remedies for sun burn include aloe vera (either juice from the plant or store bought products that contain aloe), a baking soda bath or applying a cold facecloth to your skin. Avoid using any greasy lotions or ointments on your burn because they will only irritate your skin more!

How to Treat Poison Ivy

So you're chillin' at camp when your bunk mate pushes you into a bunch of bushes. Suddenly you're covered in a crazy-itchy rash! Looks like you've got a case of poison ivy or poison oak. This can be a tricky summer ailment to treat, but the key is to soothe your skin as much as possible. Cold compresses, cool, oatmeal baths and calamine are all good remedies. You may also wanna hit the infirmary tent at camp for a little extra attention from the camp nurse!

How to Treat Heat Rash

Heat rash occurs when the weather is hot and humid. A red rash will break out on various parts of the body where there is friction - either from clothing or just body parts rubbing together. To prevent heat rash, be sure to wear loose, cotton clothing and take lots of cool showers or baths. If you already have a heat rash, apply cold facecloths to the affected area and avoid applying lotions or creams cuz they will only make things worse!

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Worst Summertime Ailment?

  • Bug Bite.
  • Bee Sting.
  • Poison Ivy.
  • Sunburn.

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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? It's really nice that your mother supports it, that always helps!! I'm glad that your family enjoys his company as well. Being 16 while he's 20 is alright. It's a slight odd age gap. But, I think as long as you both are ready, it's alright. Make sure you're mature and safe with your choices though. Personally, I think you should wait until you're closer to at least, 17. But, as long as you two are smart about what you're doing, it should be alright when it come around to it.
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fitta
"Shygirl15" wrote:I really like this boy in my second period class but i dont know how to tell him because he knows that im transgender do whatever makes you feel comfortable or just wing it and tell him and if he tells you something because you're trans forget about him! He doesn't deserve you. But it's totally okay if you want to play it safe and not go up to him. You do you. :3 
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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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SatanslilDemon
Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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SmartSunnyShadow
I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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