Steer Clear of Vacation Health Hazards
Here’s great reason to finally book that trip: The more vacations you go on, the longer you’ll live. Hey, it’s a scientific fact, according to the Framingham Heart Study. (You’ll also sleep better, have happier relationships, and generally be more joyful if you take advantage of your allotted days off.) What you don’t want is for an out of town mishap to derail your good time. Ahead, how to deal with.
A Chipped Tooth
Right. You should have put down the beer bottle before busting out your Beyonc impression. The sugar compounds in moo juice can keep tooth cells alive for 72 hours enough for you to find a dentist who can reattach your chomper.
6 Dental problems you can fix yourself.
A Scorching Sunburn
Thin skinned and easily forgotten spots like the ears, scalp, and top of the feet often suffer the worst sun damage is why your toes are now a violent shade of red. First, take ibuprofen to help curb any inflammation. Next, hit the grocery store for some white vinegar. Dilute one teaspoon of it in a pint of cold water and, every few hou timberland rs, cover the burn for 10 minutes with a washcloth dipped in that soothing solution (vinegar might also help fight off bacteria).
More serious second degree burns are another story. After it has drained completely, keep it covered with an OTC antibiotic ointment and a Band Aid (make sure the sticky part of the bandage does not touch the blister). Follow up with a visit to your doctor when you get home. Taking slow, deep breaths of fresh air and focusing on the horizon should help, says Sever. So can nibbling on stomach calming ginger candy or placing a drop of peppermint oil under your tongue. But your best defense is always a smart offense: Before you step aboard, avoid spicy meals and spiked drinks. Fiery foods, caffeine, and alcohol can make the symptoms of motion sickness even worse. If that doesn’t work, ask your doc about a motion sickness fighting scopolamine patch, which is worn behind the ear.
A Yeast Infection
Th timberland e fungus (gross!) that causes yeast infections loves to grow in warm, moist conditions (exhibit A timberland : your damp bikini) and can take aggressive root in just a few hours. Also try adding a little garlic to your meals; early studies show it could help keep yeast at bay. If the damage is already done, kill the discomfort with an OTC antifungal cream such as miconazole. Or if you get hit with yeast infections often, bring a fungus fighting prescription med with you. To rule out any STDs that prompt similar itchy symptoms, be sure to check with your doctor after your trip, says Sever.
A Heinous Hangover
Traveling can mean a perfect storm of dehydrating circumstances. “Add dry airplane air to higher altitudes with low oxygen levels, more arid climates, and jet lag, and you’re set up for a serious hangover,” says Gillespie. Booze can further desiccate your body, leaving you with nausea, dry mouth, and one helluva headache. Prickly pear juice can ease the first t timberland wo problems, and recent research confirms that caffeine calms hangover head pain. The electrolytes in coconut water can also help restore your body’s water supply.
Fend off the hurt altogether by taking a milk thistle capsule an hour before your first drink, then another every two hours until bedtime. No matter what, always end a big night out with two eight ounce glasses of water.
It will pull double duty as a maximum strength bandage for you (say, if a bottle opener pierces your finger instead of the cork) and your busted up luggage. Just be sure to layer the tape over gauze if you’re applying it to your skin.