Remedies for Common Camping and Hiking Injuries

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Camping and hiking injuries span far beyond scrapes and scratches. There are several health problems that can occur during an adventure in the great outdoors.

For some of the most common issues, here are some remedies. 

Mosquito Bites

That dreaded itch doesn't have to bog down your entire camping trip. Whether you attract more mosquitoes than most or your bites swell to obnoxious proportions, try these remedies:

  • Benadryl or Claritin: Always keep a pack of allergy medication in your camping box or first aid kit. These can help reduce the swelling and discomfort.
  • Anti-itch lotions: Apply it before you start itching or the area can become more sensitive.
  • Ice cubes: Hold an ice cube on the inflamed area for 10 minutes.

More: 5 Ways to Beat Insect Bites

Bee Stings

They hurt, they burn, and for most people, bee stings lead to swelling and discomfort for hours. If this is the case for you, here are some possible solutions:

  • Immediately remove the stinger with tweezers or by scraping your nail over it.
  • Apply ice or a cold towel to the stung area, alternating 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off.
  • Take an allergy medication and apply hydrocortisone to help with the itching and swelling.
  • Watch for more severe symptoms in the following hours.

If you're allergic to bee stings, they can quickly turn into a dangerous situation, especially if you're unaware. Some severe signs to look for include:

  • Itching, hives or extreme swelling on a part of your body that wasn't stung
  • Throat or tongue swelling
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Trouble breathing

If any of these symptoms occur, an epinephrine shot is needed. If you know that you or someone you're camping with is allergic, you should already have this on hand. Whether you have the medicine or not, call 911 right away.

More: How to Keep Insects Away While Camping