True or False – Avoid hot showers when you’re sunburned.
True – Heat increases inflammation, stressing your skin further. Cooler water is more soothing. Ice packs, aloe and even common kitchen ingredients like honey and milk and oatmeal can help ease skin inflammation and your misery.
True or False – Scratching those itchy mosquito bites makes them worse.
True – Even light scratching causes the skin to release more histamine, the allergen that leads to more itching and swelling. Instead, press an ice pack against the bite – it will slow the chemical reaction and soothe itching.
True or False – Swallowing watermelon seeds causes appendicitis.
False – Though our bodies are unable to digest watermelon seeds, they pass through our system just fine. If you’ve swallowed a few, don’t worry – just stay hydrated and continue eating normally.
True or False – There’s no such thing as sun poisoning.
True – Although people often refer to severe sunburn as “sun poisoning,” there’s no such thing. Some people develop skin rashes called photodermatosis when they are exposed to intense sunlight. The most common of these typically has red bumps or blisters that itch or burn and sometimes brings on chills, headache, and nausea. About 10% to 20% of the U.S. population develops this condition.
True or False – You should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before swimming.
False – It was once thought that swimming on a full stomach would cause severe muscle cramping and drowning. However, an episode of drowning caused by swimming on a full stomach has never been documented. Neither the American Academy of Pediatrics nor the American Red Cross makes any specific recommendations about waiting any amount of time after eating before taking a swim. As with any exercise after eating, swimming right after a big meal might be uncomfortable, but it won’t cause you to drown.