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Recent Camping Trip (Overview)

Going camping exposes you to a variety of potential illnesses, from mosquito and other bites to Lyme disease.


Recent Camping Trip (Overview)

Going camping exposes you to a variety of potential illnesses, from mosquito and other bites to Lyme disease.


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On a camping trip, my son´s GH is stored at 50F instead of 40F. Can he still use it? How fast does GH lose its potency if stored a few degrees above?

On a camping trip, my son´s GH is stored at 50F instead of 40F. Can he still use it? How fast does GH lose its potency if stored a few degrees above?

OK if ...: If the period of time it was out of ideal temp was less than 72 hours, it will be fine as long as the temperature was as you indicated. If it was at all much warmer, this window closes quickly. ...Read more

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I just got home from a camping trip and i noticed red blotches all over my body. I think it is from a food allergy but they do not itch at all. ?

I just got home from a camping trip and i noticed red blotches all over my body. I think it is from a food allergy but they do not itch at all. ?

Why: From the limited information there are multiple exposures that may have triggered a rash. Insect bites, contact dermatitis, viral infections among many other. Before jumping to the conclusion of a food allergy, have a full history and physical dine by your physician and if indicated, get tested. ...Read more

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Planning a 1-week family (5 y.O, 9 y.O) camping trip in colorado this july. Any vaccinations for the kids? Should i bring any vitamins or supplements?

My Colleagues: Drs maes and arcurro have this covered.But to emphasize, there are no extra vitamins or supplements available proven to help any health issues in this situation. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to poison ivy if you are allergic to pollen? I am very allergic to pollen and my friends want to take a camping trip off into the mountains where there is sure to not only be plenty of pollen but also plants like poison ivy. Should i

Can you be allergic to poison ivy if you are allergic to pollen? I am very allergic to pollen and my friends want to take a camping trip off into the mountains where there is sure to not only be plenty of pollen but also plants like poison ivy.  Should i

Poison : Poison ivy and poison oak produce their skin lesions lesion by direct contact with the plant oils found on their leaves. This can occur by brushing the plant or indirect transfer like coming in contact with smoke from burning the plant. You treat these lesions by washing the area thoroughly and applying a topical medication to sooth the itching, such as calamine lotion. Sinus allergies are due to pollen that plants and trees shed during their reproduction process. This pollen cause an allergic reaction within the body when inhaled. Treatment consist of taking antihistamines. ...Read more

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I just back from camping trip & now my hands are full of red spots and is very itchy, even my body has it.Its looks like mosquito bite.How to cure it?

Mites: The red spots can be mosquito bites, or bites by mites called "no seem'ems"or chiggers which are small insects that get under your clothes and like warm places to hide and then bite. These red bites can also be caused by ants which bite. Use antihistamine medication orally and topically for itching as well as calamine lotion. ...Read more

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I just back from camping trip and now my hands are very itchy and have many red spots even my body have it. Its looks like mosquito bite. How to cure?

Options: Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and apply to affected area. Rub a basil leaf on the bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water and baking soda is effective when applied to the lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine for itching. ...Read more

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A friend of mine, who we were going camping with for a month, was just diagnosed with mrsa. Being in such close quarters scares me for the fact my husband has chronic stage 4 sarcoidosis. I canceled the trip. Was it dangerous for my husband? He also has

A friend of mine, who we were going camping with for a month, was just diagnosed with mrsa. Being in such close quarters scares me for the fact my husband has chronic stage 4 sarcoidosis.  I canceled the trip. Was it dangerous for my husband? He also has

MRSA Transmission: Mrsa occurs through direct contact with: someone who has an active infection someone who is a carrier of the infection (colonized) a contaminated object. After a person comes into contact with a contaminated surface or object, he or she may become a carrier of the bacteria (colonized). An active infection with MRSA can develop when a person is colonized and has an open cut. ...Read more