If you have decided to give the road a rest and take up cycling to the mountains, then you have made a great decision. Riding bikes on the mountains will not only give you a change in scenery, it will make you stronger, increase your core strength and give you a host of health benefits.
To start mountain biking, you don’t need an expensive mountain bike. You can get the best budget mtb or go to eBay or Craigslist to find a decent used bike and the best bike locks to keep it secure. After a quick safety check and repairs if necessary, your bike will become ready to take on trails like a boss.
But cycling in the wild will sometimes mean that you will run into obstacles. And the worst obstacles are outdoor irritants. In this article, you will learn about the most common irritants, how to recognize them, how to avoid them, and how to get rid of their negative effects.
Let’s get started.
Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac
If you have been exposed to poison ivy, oak, or sumac, the first thing that you should do is washing the exposed area with water and some soap. This should be done within a few minutes of exposure. You can also carry Tecnu with you. Tecnu is an over-the-counter treatment that removes toxic oil from your skin that is responsible for the irritation.
Remember, you will have to go with one of the solutions above because washing the exposed area with water alone is not going to provide you relief. If itching persists, you can try using OTC hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. This should give you some relief. If you don’t have that available, you can swallow a Benadryl. Benadryl can calm discomfort.
Bee Stings can be very painful and irritating. Avoiding bee stings is impossible because in the wild, you will run into bees from time to time. Once you get stung by the bee, the first that you should do is use a credit card to remove the embedded stinger from the affected area.
The next thing you should do is apply ice to the exposed area for swelling and consume a Benadryl tablet for cure of itching. In some people, bee stings can cause intermittent breathing, swelling in the mouth or throat, this can lead to death. So, don’t waste any time and quickly call 911. If you are allergic to bees, you should carry an EpiPen with you, but make sure that it has not surpassed its expiration date.
Eye irritants like grit, dust and bugs do not cause long term irritation and get removed on their own after a while. You can speed up this process by taking some cold water and washing your eyes with it. You can even use your ring finger to carefully flush out your eyes.
Do not ever rub your eyes hard, it can scratch the corner; always use your ring finger to slowly clean your eye. As a word of advice, buy some eye gear so that your eyes remain safe from dust, bugs and grit in the first place.