a beautiful summer ó and youíre an itchy, sunburned,
broken-boned mess stuck inside.
summer is the time when many people are inclined to have a
multitude of ailments, ranging from broken bones to bug bites.
the summer, rather than staying at your safe little desk, youíre
out doing things," said Roy Archambault, a podiatrist
based in Wilmington, N.C. "Youíre on your skateboard,
Rollerblades and off your go ó and you tend to fall down and
break your arm."
let those summer ailments keep you indoors. Here are some
DRYPro Cast Cover
works: In the past, broken bones kept swimmers out of the pool
ó or at best, you had to wear a leaky garbage bag over the
cast. "Our biggest competition is garbage bags and tape,
and they would still leak," said Archambault, the CEO of
DRYPro. This is a 100 percent waterproof cast cover, which
comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on the bone.
It slides over the cast and comes with a pump that removes the
air and vacuum-seals the area so no air can come in and the
cast cover canít come off, even if children are wrestling in
the pool. "Itís basically a rubber sleeve,"
Starts at $35.95 at www.store.drycorp.com
works: Developed by a board-certified ear, nose and throat
doctor, this holds earplugs or ear molds in place so you can
still swim and play in the water. It keeps the water out and
keeps your earplugs in.
Starts at $13.95 at www.earbandit.com
Mix baking soda with a sprinkle of unseasoned meat tenderizer
and just enough ammonia to turn it into a paste. Apply it to
the bites, said Neal Schultz, cosmetic dermatologist in New
York, founder of the BeautyRX skin-care line and host of
"DermTV," an online skin-care show.
works: "The paste has three active ingredients to quickly
relieve the stinging, itching and swelling," Schultz
said. The only reason you need to treat insect bites is
because they itch, and when they itch, you scratch them. The
problem with scratching is that it actually causes more
itching, and you get a rebound flare, and you go into an
itch-scratch cycle. Also, scratching insect bites can cause
dark staining of the skin, the way picking pimples can cause a
dark staining, and those dark stains are very difficult to
treat. And most important, scratching can cause infections,
Purchase the ingredients at your local supermarket.
Aspirin followed by a milk and water compress. Apply cortisone
ointment three to four times daily.
works: The aspirin will relieve the pain for a few hours, and
the milk compress will help with the burning sensation.
"The evaporation of the milk and water causes a cooling
sensation, and the protein in the milk buffers the irritated
skin and makes it feel much better," Schultz said. When
you apply cortisone, use an ointment rather than cream because
ointment is thicker, not as messy and simply works better than
cream, Schultz said. If the sunburn is over most of your body,
you should take a lukewarm or cool bath instead of a shower
because the pressure of the shower will hurt. Pat, rather than
rub, your body dry, then apply aloe vera. Avoid topical
anesthetics like benzocaine, lidocaine or lanocaine or
antihistamines like Benadryl cream, which can irritate. If the
sunburn blisters, then get Burowís solution from a pharmacy
(available sans prescription), and use this instead of the
milk compress. If you have signs of a fever or if symptoms get
worse after 12 hours, see a doctor, Schultz said.
Purchase at your local pharmacy
Green hair in the pool
Argan or another hair oil
works: The reason bleached hair can turn green in the pool has
to do with the copper in the water, said Kitty Nadel, color
director at Ted Gibson salon in New York. Copper can be found
in pool water because itís a component of algicides (used to
kill algae), which are commonly added to pool water, Nadel
said. "When you dip unprotected hair into the water, the
now oxidized copper binds to the blond in the hair, making it
appear green," she said. Protect your hair by using a
good moisturizing shampoo and leave-in conditioner, followed
by Argan oil. If your hair has already turned green, then wash
your hair right away with a shampoo with the word
"clarifying" in it, Nadel said. Leave the shampoo in
for three to five minutes. You also can mix a few teaspoons of
baking soda with warm water, and scrub it through your hair.
Products can be purchased at any drugstore.