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I fell on a rock at my uncle's camp yesterday and have a big black and blue. How long do they take to heal?
About a week ago I went to a camp with my friends and the sun was so strong. When I came back my skin got a lot darker. Is there a way to recover?
Camping: Camping is a wonderful activity for the whole family. The "horror stories" that you mention are blown way out of proportion because they get so much news coverage, but they are actually quite rare (no one reports the safe, uneventful camping trips). Safe camping requires that you do some homework. Know the natural hazards (waterfalls, caves, natural predators (bears, etc.) and know poison plants. ...Read more
Why not?: Do you like the wilderness? Do you like the outdoors? Are you prepared to "rough it"? Do you like camping? Are you afraid of wild animals? Do you have the right equipment? These are questions you should ask yourself before you go camping. ...Read more
Depends on exposure: Animal contamination of lakes and ponds may make camping a riskier event than sitting at home. Access to purified water and proper boiling of your utensils can lower your risk if you use lake or well water for cleaning. Boiling your water for 10 minutes will illiminate the threat if you are unsure of the water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got bitten on my thigh by an insect yesterday when I was camping, and now the area feels very firm, what is this?
Allergic reaction: Probable reaction to the venom of the insect. Take an antihistamine like Benadryl or Zyrtec, apply a hydrocortisone cream 3Xs a day and cold compresses periodically for short periods until the swelling and redness goes down. These bites can sometimes get infected so watch for a whitehead developing and if it does, you will probably need an antibiotic. Witch Hazel applied to the bite helps itching ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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No: There is no reason you must do that. However, if your child would like to attend, and you can afford to do so, then it maybe a good idea. However, if you are sending your child, just to send them, then i would not do so. ...Read more
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