Garden First Aid

Play safe in the garden

The garden is a place where you can relax, have fun and encourage peace of mind. It shouldn't be a place of pain and injury. With the right knowledge and products, you'll be able to stay cool and safe while enjoying your favorite outdoor hobby.

Allergy Woes

Gardening can be unbearable if you suffer from allergies - but what many people may not know is that some plants produce more pollen than others. Itsimportant to know which plants will cause red eyes and which plants are pretty much pollen-free.

Furthermore, you can ease the symptoms of your allergies by protecting yourself in the garden. Wear long sleeves, gloves, a hat and glasses when working amongst the flowers. Goggles even may be needed for severe allergy sufferers. Also, wash all clothes and take a shower after working outdoors to rid your body of any excess pollen.

Skin Protection

When working outdoors for an extended period of time, it's important to minimize your sun exposure. There's nothing worse than a painful sunburn or the dreaded farmer's tan. First and foremost, you should apply a sunblock whenever working out in the sun. Don't forget to reapply after a couple hours or after perspiring.

Additionally, you can protect yourself with garden apparel that have been designed to block the harmful rays of the sun. The clothing is lightweight and comfortable and will keep you cool all day long.

Finally, top it off with a garden hat to keep the sun off your face. This may all sound a bit extreme, but any of these methods will help protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. If sunburn does occur, be sure to have some form of after-sun lotion in your first aid kit, such as a soothing aloe vera gel.

Pesky Critters

Whether we like them or not, those creepy critters are crawling all around the garden, and some of them even bite. Bees, spiders, mosquitoes, black flies and red ants are all known to give people some rather itchy rashes.

When working out in the garden, some precautions may help to keep the insects at bay. If bearable, wear long sleeves and gloves while working amongst the plant life. A bug repellent spray may also come in handy.

But when the inevitable does occur, you should be prepared for proper treatment of insect bites. Clean the area with soap and water to remove any contaminants and apply ice to reduce any swelling. Calamine lotion or an over-the-counter antihistamine will help to relieve the itching. But the most important think to remember is not to scratch - no matter how bad the itch! Excessive scratching will only make matters worse and can lead to unnecessary infections.

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