Enjoy a healthy summer!

Summer is finally here! That means fun family picnics, BBQ suppers with friends, and splashing around in the water under a warm sun.

Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer a more urban vibe, it’s always important to plan your activities to avoid nasty surprises. So that you can fully enjoy summer, we’ve put together a few useful tips.

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Healthy summer picnic

Protect yourself from UV rays

Protect yourself from UV rays

Not only are sunburns often painful, they also harm the skin. Skin damage accumulates with each sunburn, which can prematurely age skin, weaken the immune system, and even increase the risk of skin cancer. 

UV rays clearly harm the skin, but the degree of damage that they cause depends on certain factors such as weather conditions, the humidity level, altitude, and latitude. 

The UV index was created to help people choose appropriate protection based on the intensity of UV radiation.

The higher the index, the stronger the UV rays. The UV index can usually be found in newspapers, on the Internet, or on television.

UV Index
8-10Very high

Source : Environnement Canada – www.ec.gc.ca

How to choose your sunscreen?

It’s important to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but when faced with the large selection of sunscreens, how do you choose?

Here are some tips that will help you make an informed decision!

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Choose your sunscreen

The eyes are often neglected!

Without the right UV protection, your eyes can be exposed to a variety of different problems. Sunglasses protect not only your eyes but also the thin, delicate skin around your eyes. 

The sun’s UV rays can contribute to the formation of cataracts and the development of macular degeneration. 

Not only can good sunglasses cut the glare caused by the sun, they should also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Tips for choosing sun lense

Choosing sun lense

Prevent insect bites

There are various insect repellents on the market. Those formulated with DEET, icaridin, and lemon eucalyptus (not to be confused with eucalyptus oil or citronella), are the most recommended products. However, DEET and icaridin repellents are preferred for preventing tick bites. Recommendations for use vary depending on age and the desired protection time.

Age groupType of repellentProtection timeAdvice
Children under 6 monthsNoneNALong clothing + mosquito netting on stroller or crib
Children age 6 months to 2 years
Product with 20% icaridin or less7 hours or lessApply according to the length of exposure
Product with 10% DEET or less3 hours or lessApply up to once a day
Product with lemon eucalyptus2 hours or lessAvoid
Children age 2 to 12 years
Product with 20% icaridin or less7 hours or lessApply according to the length of exposure
Product with 10% DEET or less3 hours or lessApply up to 3 times a day
Eucalyptus citron2h ours or lessAvoid on children age 3 and under
Apply up to twice a day
Individuals 12 and older
Product with 20% icaridin or less7 hours or lessApply according to the length of exposure
DEET 10 % ou moins3 hours or less
Eucalyptus citron2 hours or lessApply up to twice a day
Pregnant or nursing women
Product with 20% icaridin or less7 hours or lessApply up to twice a day
Product with 20% to 30% DEET6 hours or less

Source : Government of Quebec

How do you avoid poison ivy?

Poison ivy can be found almost everywhere—in the woods, in fields, on the side of the road, in wet or dry soil, in the sun, and in the shade. 

Learn to identify this plant and when in doubt, steer clear! Its pointed leaves come in clusters of three, where the stem of the middle leaf is longer. They are reddish in spring, become dark green in summer, and turn yellow, red, or orange in fall.

The toxic sap of the leaves causes an inflammatory reaction when it comes into contact with skin. This inflammation generally appears 24 to 48 hours after contact.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction to poison ivy are as follows:

  • Pain and rash Itching 
  • Formation of bumps and blisters in the affected area 
  • Oozing liquid released by broken blisters 
  • Drying up of the liquid and formation of a crust 

Don’t worry—you can take certain measures to alleviate the symptoms, which generally disappear in 7 to 10 days.

How do you relieve the symptoms?

Ideally, you should rinse the affected area with cold water as soon as possible. 

  • Cold compresses can also be applied to alleviate discomfort. 
  • Some products available in pharmacies, such as antiinflammatories, antihistamines, or astringent solutions, can also be useful in soothing itching and reducing pain. Contact your health professional for more information. 
  • To prevent infection, it’s best to avoid scratching skin.

And don’t worry! Contrary to popular belief, the allergy (dermatitis) is not reactivated year after year unless you’re exposed to poison ivy again!

The essentials of the summer

Summer first aid

Keep this guide handy, as it contains simple and useful information on preventing and treating common summer complaints.

Follow these tips for you and your family—and enjoy the summer!

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PSST! Summer aid

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Bug repellents: Which should you use on your little ones?

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