Sunburn, Sunstroke & Co.


Summer is here. Finally out into the open, go barbecue or go swimming. But what if the sun burns, bites threaten insects, or your eyes are watering in the open car.


Too much sun exposure on the unprotected head can cause a sunstroke - the cause is probably an irritation or swelling in the brain. The first signs are a red, hot face, headache and a nausea that can last for days in severe cases.

Therefore, immediately put it in the shade with your upper body raised, cool your head with a wet towel and drink plenty of water. In case of severe dizziness call an ambulance. Better yet: Prevent yourself by always wearing a breezy hat or a hat in the blazing sun.

Finger burned by the fire or on the grill?

After combustion:

  • Immediately keep hands or other affected areas under cold water for about fifteen minutes. This is the only way to cool the deep tissue layers, to avoid pain and to widen the injury.
  • Do not put ice on the burns, it can damage you even more.
  • After cooling, disinfect the burned skin and apply cream with a suitable cream for wounds, then loosely protect with a bandage or gauze bandage.
  • If bubbles do form, do not puncture. Once they rise by themselves, treat with a disinfecting wound cream.

Caution: Children should only be cooled with lukewarm water and only for a few minutes - otherwise there is a risk of cooling down. Here are more tips on dealing with burns and scalds.

Heat collapse: that helps!

If the body loses a lot of fluids while sweating, the circulation can go limp. Dizziness and nausea indicate when the blood pressure in the basement, in the worst case threatens a short fainting.

Therefore sit down or lie down at the first signs of lethargy, put your legs up and immediately drink at least half a liter. Especially good are sports drinks, they replace salts that we lose when you sweat.

Alcoholic drinks should be avoided completely on hot days. Because heat and alcohol have the same effect: they dilate the blood vessels, so that the blood literally drifts away in the arms and legs.

Insects - stinging pain, annoying itching, dangerous swelling

In the mouth or throat, bee or wasp stings can be really dangerous.

  • First countermeasure: sucking ice.
  • At the slightest signs of respiratory distress always call the emergency doctor immediately!
  • In bee or wasp stings on the body, the poison sting must be removed.
  • Then cool the sting with wet envelopes and apply an ointment with an antihistamine (over the counter at the pharmacy).

Caution: Anyone who is allergic to bee or wasp stings, must always carry his emergency medication.

Ticks: Bitten attackers

The little bloodsuckers lurk in the grass and bushes. Long trousers and mosquito repellents provide protection. However, after hiking through forests and meadows, you should carefully search the skin, as ticks can transmit dangerous diseases.

  • To remove, never drip oil or glue on the tick to remove it. Such "stress" only causes it to release possibly infectious saliva.
  • Using tweezers or special tweezers (pharmacy), hold the animal as close to the skin as possible and pull it out slowly.
  • Then disinfect the area.
  • If ticks remain in the skin or if a red spot develops in the next few days, go to the doctor.
  • For TBE risk areas, vaccination may be recommended.

Burning and dark eyes

A convertible ride, drafts or the blazing sun - and your eyes will turn red, itch or feel like sand is in it. Cold air or strong irritates the eyes - it comes to an increased tearing, the conjunctiva are red. A slight conjunctivitis can be treated in the short term with over-the-counter eye drops from the pharmacy. For infections of the eyes, a visit to the ophthalmologist is obligatory.

Walking barefoot: tips against blowing

Finally: sandals and ballerinas without stockings! Just stupid that this is so easy bubbles. Sensitive areas therefore prefer to protect as a precaution with a plaster. And always take a few patches in your wallet, so you can react when first pressed.

Has a small bubble formed?

  • If possible, do not puncture, but stick a special blister patch.
  • If the bladder is big and very bothersome in the shoe, gently prick it several times with a clean needle and gently squeeze it out.
  • Do not cut away the skin.
  • It is best to dab iodine, alcohol or a disinfecting wound ointment and protect it with an air-permeable plaster.

Sunburn - and now?

Of course, it's best not to get that far and protect yourself with appropriate clothing and adequate use of sunscreen. But if it comes to a sunburn anyway, it says:




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