During the time when everyone is outside enjoying the warmer weather, bug season is also hitting. And while bites and stings are annoying and uncomfortable at the least, they can also be potentially life-threatening.
To make sure your HOA members are protected from the risks of those bites and stings, follow these tips to help you now when more action is required:
1. Use repellant. This is most important for avoiding any problems in the first place. Also, wear light-colored, lightweight clothes that covers your legs, feet, and arms to prevent bugs from getting to your skin. You’ll also want to avoid any fragrances or perfumes while outside. Bugs love those!
2. Don’t Scratch. Yes, that’s easier said than done. Itching is hard to fight! But scratching those bites could case an infection—as well as leave a scar.
3. Use medications. For bites that are itchy or slightly painful, use an over-the-counter topical medicine with cortisone or Bendryl. If you want to go all-natural, you can make a paste with baking soda and water and apply that to the wound, soak in an oatmeal bath, adding a little ammonia to the bite with a cotton pad, or put toothpaste on the area to relive itching.
4. Be aware of warning signs. If the person who was bitten begins to feel dizzy, nauseous, faint, or disoriented, has trouble breathing, rapid heartbeat, or swelling in the tongue, lips, or throat, 911 should be called immediately. Any of these symptoms indicate a severe allergy to the insect.
Make sure your HOA management company provides access to an Epi-pen just in case, so that can be administered. If symptoms get even worse before paramedics arrive, perform CPR.
Educate HOA members on these symptoms so they know what to look for—and stay alert. Any symptoms that are delayed after the sting or bite, such as swelling or lots of redness, might mean an infection or something else going on.
If you or anyone in association has fever, headache, or joint pain up to a few days after the bite happens, they could mean another contracted illness, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or the West Nile virus. Check with a physician in this case.
When bug season hits, encourage HOA members to be cautious and aware of any warning signs. That will ensure everyone has a fun, safe summer!
Check out more summer safety tips here.