First Aid Kit for Summer with Dr. Mike

About Dr. Mike: Dr. Mikhail Varshavski D.O., also known as People Magazine’s “Sexiest Doctor Alive,” is a New York based doctor focusing on family and preventative medicine.

Better known as ‘Doctor Mike’, he is a social media entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a doctor with a purpose. He stresses the importance of preventative medicine to members of the public, and makes it understandable for all. To Doctor Mike, health comes first in your life. By highlighting his experiences through his unique journey, he has motivated millions along the way. As a family medicine provider, Doctor Mike has the unique ability to speak about issues that not only fall within the full spectrum of medicine, but also within the full patient experience as he is the first and last point of contact for patients who come to him with an extensive range of conditions.



DEET:

  • Common diseases that insects spread are Lyme, Zika, and West Nile.
  • Deet of at least 15-30 is needed for optimal lasting protection, avoid going above 30.


POISON IVY:

  • The oil found in poison ivy leaves, Urushiol, is what actually causes the rash.
  • Apply cool water-soaked gauze, over the counter Corticosteroid Cream and use oral antihistamine to decrease itching.


BEE STINGS:

  • Avoid attracting bees by showering, as sweat may anger bees!
  • Remove stinger using gauze over the area or by scraping a fingernail or credit card over the area, but avoid squeezing the injury.
  • Apply ice to reduce swelling, apply 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to decrease inflammation.


SWIMMER’S EAR:

  • The infection most commonly occurs when water lingers in the ear canal.
  • Use earplugs when swimming (preferably wax).
  • Do not use Q-Tips inside your ears…fosters infections, pushes ear wax deeper into canal.


SUNBURN TREATMENTS:

  • Put cold washcloths in your refrigerator, soaked in milk, apply to the burn (or use ice packs)…Aloe Vera lotions or a cold jar of Vaseline also work well.


HEATSTROKE:

  • Move to a shady or cooler area, lie down, elevate legs slightly, drink water/sports drink to help rehydrate, spray or sponge with cool water, apply icepacks to armpits, neck and groin.


NOSE BLEEDS:

  • Sit upright... lean forward, remaining upright, pinch your nose to apply pressure to the bleeding area.
  • For a nagging nosebleed spray both sides of your nose with a decongestant nasal spray containing Oxymetazoline (Afrin) and pinch your nose again.


FINGER TIP BANDAGE:

  • Using a pair of scissors, cut both adhesive strips down the center. Do not cut into the non-adhesive pad. Place the bandage over your cut and cross the bottom strips over each other on your finger so it looks like an X. Then take the top strips and overlap them over each other.