The sun is shining, the grill is burning, it feels like vacation, and it couldn't be more perfect. If it weren't for the next sunburn, a burn at the grill due to a moment of inattention, or a biting insect – attracted by the smell of fine food. Check our tips to protect yourself or at least provide quick relief.
Drink plenty of fluids (at least 2 liters per day), don't wave your arms about when insects appear, and cool burns immediately. We are all familiar with these rules. But we don't always follow them. So a quick reminder can't do any harm.
Accidents involving severe burns are fortunately rare. The most common cause is when liquid fuel is poured into an open fire
Regardless of whether it's meat, fish or vegetarian, the grill (e.g. gas grill) can reach a temperature of 800 degrees. Burns then happen quickly and are that bit more painful at high ambient temperatures. Therefore:
Switzerland leads Europe in the prevalence of skin cancer! - Don't sunbathe between 11am and 3pm, and never without sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
To enjoy the sun worry-free and at the same time prevent skin cancer, pay attention to the following:
Approximately 2,700 people develop skin cancer in Switzerland each year. One of the reasons is excessive visits to the solarium. – Stay away for the sake of your skin.
Cool, cool, cool! Preferably with aloe vera. This miracle cure doesn't just cool, it also provides lots of moisture and is anti-inflammatory.
Drink plenty of fluids. Cool drinks, but not ice-cold. Sunburn heats up the body even more. It attempts to regulate this by sweating, which leads to additional loss of fluid.
Avoid sunbathing. Protect your skin from further sun radiation and stay in the shade.
Sunstroke is a nasty trick of the sun. We usually only notice it a few hours later, when it hits us with full force. These are the symptoms:
Sunstroke or heat stroke? High fever? Unconsciousness? This can put all organs at acute risk. Call a physician immediately.
We all look forward to the arrival of summer, but we could do without the irritation of insect bites. Whereas the itching caused by mosquito bites drives us crazy, the pain from bee or wasp stings is severe. Therefore:
In most cases, healing takes place with no consequences. But, unfortunately, not always. Go to the physician in the following cases:
You're not healing correctly or it's getting worse instead of better, home remedies no longer help, or you just feel bad.
If you burn yourself when grilling, that is clearly an accident. But it's different for sunburn, sunstroke and heat stroke. From the legal point of view, these are illnesses. Unless you are, for example, a construction worker or a lifeguard. In those cases, sunburn could be an occupational disease and any costs for physicians and medication, including, where appropriate, daily benefits in case of incapacity for work, are covered by accident insurance.
A mosquito bite is par for the course in summer. It's harmless, heals quickly, and is clearly defined as an illness. On the other hand, a bee or wasp sting, for example, is deemed to be an accident. Especially if the sting leads to an infection or poisoning, or triggers an allergic reaction.
Every year approximately 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen end up in the ocean! And certain sun filters are partly responsible for marine pollution and the destruction of the coral reefs. Therefore, when you buy sunscreen, check the ingredients and make sure they don't include Octinoxat or oxybenzone.