Well, the warmer weather is finally settling in, albeit between bouts of showers and bright but blustery days.
As you start to make your way to Allen's holiday parks across the UK though, ready and raring for all the spring and summer fun to be had, remember there are things you need to watch out for. In particular, you need to be aware of the seasonal health risks that are so characteristic of summer, as well as how to avoid or minimise their impact. Read on to find out more.
Spring and summer are peak times for seasonal allergies like hay fever. According to the NHS, hay fever affects one in five people, leaving them sniffing and sneezing, with itchy or watery eyes. Hay fever is brought on by pollen, which, when emitted from plants, weeds, trees and grasses, can enter the respiratory system and cause an allergic reaction.
Of course, with many of our parks being situated in the rural Heart of England, the likelihood of you being exposed to pollen this spring or summer is high. In fact, you can’t really avoid pollen altogether, but you can take precautions to limit its effects. Changing your clothes and showering after being outdoors will rid you of pollen, keeping the inside of your caravan clean. If the pollen count is high (50+) then you should consider staying indoors. As for treating the symptoms of hay fever, antihistamines (like those used for treating allergic reactions to insect bites) and other medicated solutions are reliable ways to ease the problems caused by pollen.
When it’s hot outside but there’s a nice breeze, you can get badly sunburnt before you know it. Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can still make their way to your skin, leaving you red and sore after an otherwise enjoyable day out and about.
If you are on the coast, you are even more prone to this kind of sunburn because the heat is disguised by the cool seaside breeze. That is why it is so important to be prepared when you go outdoors this summer. Slap on the sunscreen and be sure to keep yourself hydrated and stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
Should you get sunburnt, treat it immediately, to minimise the damage and lessen the long term risk to your skin health. You can cool your skin with a cold bath, shower or sponge. This will ease the pain and prompt your skin to heal. You also need to keep your body and skin hydrated; drink plenty of water and apply after-sun, water-based lotions or petroleum jelly to cool and protect the skin, keeping it moist for healing. If the pain persists, use painkillers and keep your burnt skin out of the sun.
These summer health issues are the main ones to watch out for in the coming months. Problems like hay fever and insect bites are especially common, and so, they are something to be mindful of in our rural-set parks. Similarly, if you are heading to our stunning Sunbeach Park on the North Wales coast, you need to avoid sunburn, heatstroke and so on. View Sunbeach right here!
So pack a little first aid kit with your allergy tablets and some super-strength sun block, and get out there ready to explore, without fear, this summer!