Remedies to treat summer bites and stings

LANSING, MI (WILX) – The ugly side of summer? It can also be a time for sores and itching due to stings, bites and poison ivy. However, there are some over-the-counter remedies and medications that can help.

Planning a trip to the ocean could put you at risk of being bitten by a jellyfish. CVS Mins Clinic nurse practitioner Linda Moghalu said that treating her is easy.

"You can get some antibiotic ointment and a Band-Aid, and that's all you need to do." Some common remedies that people use are urine and meat softeners, and those are not usually effective, "said Moghalu.

He recommends using the water right there on the beach, since salt water is a natural antiseptic.

And whether it's in the pool or in the Gulf, another common summer complaint is Nadador's ear when the water gets trapped inside.

"Especially if it's dirty water, it can cause a bacterial infection in the ear."

Use a half-hearted home remedy with white vinegar to help prevent infection, or you can buy drops to save time.

If you spend your days out of the water but in the forest, poison ivy and ticks are other common concerns.

For the ticks, Moghalu said to remove them from the head, clean them with alcohol and keep them under surveillance for several weeks to detect Lyme disease.

"It is very important to monitor the place where the bite occurred to make sure it does not have a fever or an eruption, a rash," Moghalu said.

Eruptions that may appear as hives could be poison ivy. If you do not know how you got it, keep in mind that dogs, which are rarely affected by poison ivy, can spread the oil on the plant.

"Most of the time we advise over-the-counter things like calamine lotion to help with this or an oatmeal bath," Moghalu said.

Poison ivy can last two to three weeks. It is likely that antihistamines and hydrocarbon creams will not work because they are not strong enough and can not be used because of the long duration of the eruption.

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