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Expeditions in the Wilderness and Outdoors are exciting, challenging, and sometimes dangerous. First-Aid-Product.com brings you advice, information, guidelines, advice and products to make your out of doors experience safe and enjoyable - whether a planned adventure or surprise misadventure!
  • Treatment & Care for Spider Bites

    Image of spiderMost spider bites are not harmful and few of those which are harmful are truly dangerous or life-threatening to humans. In North America, the Black Widow (characterized by a black, shiny body with a red hour glass figure on its underside) and Brown Recluse (characterized by a dark brown, violin-shaped marking on the top portion of its body) spiders can be dangerous and may be deadly to some humans. These bites will most likely require medical attention.

    • Keep the casualty calm and immobilize the bitten area. Keep the bitten area lower than the heart.
    • Wash the bite with soap and running water.
    • Seek medical attention if the bite is thought to have come from a Black Widow or Brown Recluse. Call 9-1-1 immediately if the casualty has trouble breathing, severe pain, muscle cramps, vomiting or loses consciousness.

    See When do you apply insect repellent?

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013 UrgentFirstAid.com

    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

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  • What is "Continuous Spray"?

    Natrapel-ContinuousWe just had a customer ask "What do you mean by continuous spray on the 6oz Natrapel product?" so we thought we'd share the answer with everyone:

    In this case, "continuous spray" refers to the pressurized spray which is more continuous (like an aerosol) as opposed to a pump (which gives one spray per “pump” of the top) you can hold the top down and mist this product like an aerosol, even though it is not aerosol-propelled.

    Natrapel Brand 8-hour 6oz Continuous Spray

    It's about time - a DEET-free insect repellent that really works! Natrapel 8-hour provides 8+ hours of protection from biting insects and ticks, thanks to its CDC-recommended 20 percent Picaridin formula. Unlike ineffective DEET alternatives, Picaridin is the only formula that consistently shows equal or better performance than DEET in independent, clinical tests. Even better, Natrapel 8-hour is completely safe on gear and will not melt jackets, fishing line, and other synthetic materials. 6oz continuous spray bottle provides effortless, even application.

    Features

    • CDC-Recommended Formula - 20 percent Picaridin is the recommended concentration to guard against diseases transmitted by insects
    • Easy to Apply/Easy on the Air
    • Eco-Spray can delivers even, continuous spray withtou releasing harmful aerosols.
    • Safe on Your Gear
    • DEET-Free formula won't melt jackets, fishing line, and other plastics
    • Lasts All Day
    • Enjoy 8-plus hours of insect protection!

    Learn more: When do you apply insect repellent? & General Care of Bites and Stings

  • Treatment & Care for Bee Stings

    image of bee stingerGeneral treatment and care for bee stings:

    • Remove the stinger carefully using a scraping motion. Use a credit card, finger nail, or other dull edge to take out the stinger without squeezing the venom sac.
    • Do not use tweezers to remove the stinger. Tweezers could squeeze the venom from the sac into the skin.
    • If the casualty has difficulty breathing and/or swelling of lips, face, or neck area, call 9-1-1 or activate EMS immediately! If the casualty has an EPI-pen, help them access and self-administer the injection.

    After BiteContent excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013 UrgentFirstAid.com
    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

    Ever hear of After Bite? The Original Itch Eraser...  Learn about this brand history in After Bite Sting Relief Products – The Buzz Behind the Bee

    After Bite's advanced formula with baking soda now provides even better relief for the whole family. For over 30 years, After Bite's pharmacist-preferred formula has provided instant itch relief for bites from mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and other common insects - so there's no more scratching! The proprietary mix of soothing ingredients acts fast when you need it most. Be prepared with After Bite and don't let insect bites ruin your outdoor family fun!

    FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • Instant & Permanent Relief From Itching & Pain
    • Proprietary formula works on a wide variety of insect bite
    • Simple to Apply
    • Applicator tip makes local, no-mess application a breeze.
    • Pharmacist-Preferred
    • Endorsed by experts, so you know it works.
    • Portable Relief
    • Applicator tube is perfect for packs, pockets, or purses.

    IDEAL USES

    • Hiking / Backpacking
    • Urban / Family / Camping
    • Expeditions / Adventure Travel
    • Hunting / Fishing
    • Off Roading
    • Summer Camps
  • First Aid for Snake Bite

    Image of rattle snakeSnakes exist in almost every part of the world. Of the approximately 8000 reported snake bites each year, however, fewer than 12 result in fatality. This is due in part to the fact that about two thirds of all poisonous snake bites involve little or no venom; these are called “dry bites.” Baby snakes are more dangerous in this regard as they have not yet learned to save their venom for prey. If venom is injected, symptoms will begin rapidly and include pain, swelling, weakness, dizziness, fever, or chills.  First Aid for snakebite includes:

    • Immediately remove all constricting clothing and jewelry from the extremity.
    • Wash the bite area with soap and warm water.
    • Keep wound site at or below heart level, and seek immediate medical attention.
    • Sometimes a constricting band may be used on snakebite, but it must not significantly affect circulation and it should be loose enough for you to slip your fingers underneath.

    Do not apply ice to snakebites, as it may crystallize the venom and compound the reaction.

    Do not attempt to “cut and suck” the venom, even using a snakebite kit. In order to be effective, the suction must be applied almost immediately, and the danger of severing an artery can outweigh the danger from the venom.

    Always be protected from snakes in the outdoors. Great for taking on short hikes, camping, or anytime you are in the wilderness. Always be protected from snakes in the outdoors. Great for taking on short hikes, camping, or anytime you are in the wilderness.

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013 UrgentFirstAid.com
    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

  • Jellyfish Sting Treatment Information

    Image of jellyfish sting instructionsThe weather is warming and people are headed on vacation and to the beaches...

    Jellyfish stings can cause red, painful, burning symptoms, which may spread to the hands and face of the casualty if contacted. To help inactivate the venom:

    • Rinse the area with vinegar as soon as possible. If vinegar is not available, a baking soda paste can be used.

    For the treatment of pain and to alleviate further penetration, the area of contact should be immersed in HOT water (up to 113 degree Fahrenheit) for at least 20 minutes or until pain subsides.

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013 UrgentFirstAid.com
    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

  • When do you apply insect repellent?

    When do most people think of applying Insect Repellent? When they get bitten! (As in "Ouch! Dang! I'm getting bitten. I need to put on my insect repellent...)

    So what does this mean?

    It means you should have insect sting relief products for after a bite or sting as well as repellent!

    Insect Repellent & Sting Relief

    insectrepellents-animatedInsect Repellent & Relief for avoiding biting and stinging pests and first aid treatment if they get you!

    Insect Sting Relief Pads & After Bite®. We offer several bite and sting relief first aid treatments for people with and without allergies to bee and wasp stings. Bite Relief for Ants, Chiggers, and more in Applicators & Sting Relief Towelettes. We even offer cool new After Bite for Kids! Don't scratch and whine... Treat Insect Bites and get on with your day!

    Ben's DEET, Natrapel DEET-Free & BugX Insect Repellents + After Bite Relief & Sting Pads! Bug Bite Treatment & Insect Sting Relief

    When do most people think about applying Insect Repellent? AFTER they've been bitten! Be sure to stock up on Insect Sting Relief as well as Bug Repellent! Insect Repellant & Bug Repellent Pumps and continuous spray. Wasp & Hornet Spray, Bite Relief with Applicator & Repellent Towelettes / Wipes. Protect from Asian Tiger Mosquito, Dengue, Yellow Fever, West Nile and more.

    ALSO SEE: Anti-Itch Cream, Itch Cream & Cleanser , Insect Repellents & Poison Ivy Block NEW! Read about First Aid for Bites & Stings!

    ? The CDC recommends avoiding Mosquito bites as the best solution available at present for Zika Prevention as well as the Dengue problem. Read more about Dengue from CDC & WHO

  • Dehydration

    Dehydration is water loss from your body. Often, dehydration causes only mild symptoms, such as thirst or fatigue, but severe dehydration can lead to heat exhaustion or stroke, hypovolemic shock or even death. Chronic dehydration can increase the risk of kidney stones.

    Dehydration Symptoms and Signs
    Dehydration symptoms and signs depend on how much water you lose from your body.

    When you are mildly dehydrated (1-3% body weight loss), you will be probably thirsty and you might have dry mouth. If you continue to lose water (4-6% body weight loss), your lips may become dry and you may feel tired and lightheaded. You will also excrete less urine, which will probably be darker than usually. In severe dehydration (>6% body weight loss), you can become very thirsty and tired and can have severe headache. Your heart rate will likely beat fast and you can excrete little or no urine, which may become dark brown. When you lose more than 10% of body weight due to water loss you can lose consciousness or die.

    Negative Effects of Dehydration

    Decreased Physical Performance
    ElectrolytesDehydration that results in greater than 2% loss of body weight can decrease physical performance. This may be important during a long-lasting exercise, such as marathon. Marathoners do not need to completely rehydrate themsleves during the race but can stay mildyl rehydrated and stiil keep their performance at the optimal level.
    Orthostatic Hypotension

    In individuals with orthostatic hypotension--a drop of blood pressure upon standing--dehydration can worsen symptoms, for example, fainting after getting up in the morning.

    Drinking about 300 to 500 mL of water 15 minutes before getting up can prevent orthostatic hypotension in sensitive individuals.
    Other Negative Effects of Chronic Dehydration

    • Chronic fatigue
    • Decreased concentration, poor memory
    • Worsening of asthma or allergies

    Dehydration Complications

    Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
    In hot weather, especially at temperatures exceeding 90 °F (32 °C) when you do not drink enough, you may lose so much water that you are no longer able to sweat sufficiently to maintain your normal body temperature. This may lead to two possible complications:

    1. Heat exhaustion with profuse sweating, cool skin, increased body temperature (up to 40 °C), dizziness and headache
    2. Heat stroke with warm, dry skin, severely increased body temperature (over 40 °C), severe fatigue and impaired consciousness

    Small children, elderly and those who work physically in hot weather are at greatest risk of heat exhaustion or stroke.

    First aid in heat exhaustion or stroke:

    • Move an affected person to a cool place or at least out from the direct sun and place him or her in a lying position with slightly elevated legs.
    • Remove any unnecessary clothing.
    • Give a person cold water to drink but not more than 1.5 liters per hour to avoid water intoxication (hyponatremia).
    • Place the casualty in a cool (60-65 F or 15-18 C), not cold,  shower or bath or wrap him or her with cool wet towels.
    • If the above measures do not seem to help within an hour (no drop of body temperature, worsening of symptoms), take the person to the hospital or call a doctor as soon as possible.
    • In severe dehydration, a person may need an intravenous infusion of saline. If an infusion is not available, a person should get an oral rehydration solution (ORS), which contains salt.

    Hypovolemic Shock
    Severe dehydration (>10% loss of body weight) may result in a drop of blood volume which may result in an inadequate perfusion of the tissues and, eventually in multiple organ failure.

    Early symptoms and signs of hypovolemic shock include anxiety, clammy skin and increased and weak pulse; late symptoms and signs include a drop of blood pressure, loss of consciousness and, eventually, death.

    Hypovolemic shock needs to be treated promptly by intravenous saline infusion, otherwise it may result in death or permanent organ damage.
    Acute Kidney Failure
    In severe dehydration, the kidneys are no longer able to excrete waste products of metabolism, such as urea, which therefore start to acumulate in the blood and cause uremia.

    Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, impaired consciousness, very little or no urine.
    Kidney Stones
    If you are chronically dehydrated, you are at increased risk of developing kidney stones. If you drink sufficient amounts of water you may prevent kidney stones, but drinking large amounts of water in excess of your body needs may not have any further benefits.
    How much water do you need to drink per day?
    Healthy, sedentary adults living in moderate climates may need 1.2 to 3.7 liters of water per day from beverages and foods combined. Active individuals in hot climates may need up to 10 liters of water per day.

    The most reliable method to check if you are well hydrated is to weigh yourself. Once, when you know you are well hydrated, which means you have no symptoms of dehydration, weigh yourself in the morning after urinating and emptying your bowel and before breakfast. You can then consider your measured weigh as your normal body weight. Next time you want to check if you are well hydrated, weigh yourself in the morning in the same conditions and in same clothes as the first time; if your body weight is more than 1% lower than the first time, you are probably dehydrated.

    A simpler and quicker, but less reliable, method is to check your "skin turgor," that is your skin elasticity. Pinch and pull up the skin on the back of the hand (between the index and thumb) and release it. When you are well hydrated, the skin fold should flatten immediately (in less than 0.5 seconds) and when you are dehydrated, the skin fold may need more than a second to flatten.

    Electrolytes

    Electrolyte Replacement Tablets - Help to Prevent Muscle Cramps and Heat Prostration due to Excessive Perspiration. Electrolyte Tablets are available in convenient two packs.

    • When a person sweats, small amounts of electrolytes – the electrically charged minerals sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium – are lost from the body along with water.
    • Electrolytes are chemical substances which, when dissolved or lost in sweat, are missing the electrically charged particles or ions. These ions are necessary for cellular metabolism, for intra- and extra-cellular chemical balance, and for assisting in the neuro-metabolic expenditure of caloric energy.
    • Basically, many normal bodily functions are dependent on these substances. As important as the fuel you consume and the water you drink during exercise is a consistent replenishment of electrolytes. Regular body functions, and performance performance, are severely compromised if adequate levels of electrolytes are not present, especially in the heat and/or when physical activity continues over prolonged periods of time.
    • To replenish lost electrolytes, a person ordinarily needs only to eat a regular diet that meets energy and nutrient needs. In extreme or demanding activities, electrolyte replacements may be needed.

    Electrolytes tablets to prevent muscle cramps and heat prostration due to excessive sweating...H2O (2)

  • More on Insect Bites and Stings

    With the current concerns about Zika, there is a greater focus on insect bites and stings. Primarily, of course, this is centered around insect repellents and mosquitoes.

    We've talked about treating the bite, and General Care of Bites and Stings... With Spring upon us, and outdoors beckoning, we though we would share what the American Red Cross says:

    INSECT BITES AND STINGS

    What to look for:

    • Stringer may be present
    • Pain
    • Swelling
    • Possible allergic reactions

     

    What to do:

    • Remove stringer:
    • If bee sting, remove it by scraping away with a flat surface like a credit card.
    • Otherwise, try to remove with
    • Wash wound
    • Cover with dressing.
    • Apply ice or a cold pack.
    • Watch for signals of severe allergic reaction.

    InsectSPIDER BITES/SCORPION STINGS

    What to look for:

    • Bite mark
    • Swelling
    • Pain
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Trouble breathing or swallowing.

     

    What to do:

    • Wash wound
    • Apply antibiotic ointment if available or cream (if no known allergies or sensitives).
    • Cover with gauze.
    • Apply ice or a cold pack.
    • CALL 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • General Care of Bites and Stings

    Image of mosquito biting fleshGeneral care of bites and stings:

    • Immediately wash the bite or sting with soap and water if available, or use antiseptic wipes if soap and water are not available.
    • Put an ice pack on the affected area with a cloth barrier between the ice and skin. If treating a bee sting, remove the stinger first (see below).
    • Never attempt to suck out any venom or poison with your mouth!
    • Never apply a tourniquet.
    • Do not use folk remedies or unproven treatments to care for the casualty.
    • Do not give the casualty caffeinated drinks, alcohol, or aspirin.

    insectrepellents-animatedInsect Repellent & Relief for avoiding biting and stinging pests and first aid treatment if they get you!

    Insect Sting Relief Pads & After Bite®. We offer several bite and sting relief first aid treatments for people with and without allergies to bee and wasp stings. Bite Relief for Ants, Chiggers, and more in Applicators & Sting Relief Towelettes. We even offer cool new After Bite for Kids! Don't scratch and whine... Treat Insect Bites and get on with your day!

    Ben's DEET, Natrapel DEET-Free & BugX Insect Repellents + After Bite Relief & Sting Pads! Bug Bite Treatment & Insect Sting Relief

    When do most people think about applying Insect Repellent? AFTER they've been bitten! Be sure to stock up on Insect Sting Relief as well as Bug Repellent! Insect Repellant & Bug Repellent Pumps and continuous spray. Wasp & Hornet Spray, Bite Relief with Applicator & Repellent Towelettes / Wipes. Protect from Asian Tiger Mosquito, Dengue, Yellow Fever, West Nile and more.

    ALSO SEE: Anti-Itch Cream, Itch Cream & Cleanser , Insect Repellents & Poison Ivy Block NEW! Read about First Aid for Bites & Stings!

    ? The CDC recommends avoiding Mosquito bites as the best solution available at present for the Dengue problem. Read more about Dengue from CDC & WHO

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013 UrgentFirstAid.com
    All Rights Reserved. Get a full copy of the First Aid Guide for under $1!

  • Camping anyone?

    Outdoor First Aid Supplies for Wilderness, Adventure, Hiking, Camping & Outside Work Preparedness

    Wilderness & Outdoor Gear: Outdoor First Aid Preparedness: Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Canoeing, Kayaking, whatever your outdoor or wilderness adventure. We've got your emergency and preparedness gear needs covered with: Body Warmers & Hot Packs, Calamine Lotion, Emergency Food Rations, Flashlights, Ivy Barriers, Lip Ointment, Sting Relief Products, Solar Blankets, Moleskin for Blisters, Outdoor First Aid and Sunscreen, Lotions and Towelettes. (Don't forget Cold Packs for injuries & Electrolytes for heat-related outdoor first aid issues!) Wilderness & Outdoor Gear

    Whether a Day Hike, Friends over for Backyard fun, or a Backcountry adventure… Being outdoors means you need to prepare.

    Insect Stings and Bites, Snakes, and Sunburn all occur at home and afield. Dehydration, Hypothermia, Blisters and much worse can happen on the trail or at the campsite. Be prepared with the appropriate Outdoor,

    Camping, Hiking, and Wilderness Preparedness Gear & Supplies. Here are some easy solutions to help keep the outdoor activities fun and worry-free.

    Outdoor Protection: Camping Supplies and Gear

    Outdoor First Aid Preparedness: Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Canoeing, Kayaking, whatever your outdoor or wilderness adventure. We've got your emergency and preparedness gear needs covered with: Body Warmers & Hot Packs, Calamine Lotion, Emergency Food Rations, Flashlights, Ivy Barriers, Lip Ointment, Sting Relief Products, Solar Blankets, Moleskin for Blisters, Outdoor First Aid and Sunscreen, Lotions and Towelettes. (Don't forget Cold Packs for injuries & Electrolytes for heat-related outdoor first aid issues!)

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