Summer Myths: Sunburns, bug bites and more

Abby and Russell try to debunk some common summer myths.

Our 10News Today team put Abby and Russell to the test as part of Summer Survival Week. We wanted to debunk some common summer myths and also find out which ones are true.

We enlisted the help of East Tennessee Children's Hospital's Emergency Room Director Dr. Ryan Redman.

Can you guess if these common summer ideas are myths or true?

1. A pool can double as a shower.

  • MYTH: Dr. Redman says while chlorine can kill some bacteria, it doesn't kill all of it. He suggests showering before and after you enter a pool.

2. The best way to dislodge water from your ear is hopping up and down while banging the side of your head.

  • MYTH: There is an easier way. Dr. Redman says you can tilt your head to the side and place your finger in the cup-like spot on the bottom of your ear. Press your thumb behind your ear and slightly jiggle, and that should release the water.

3. Scratching mosquito bites makes them worse. 

  • TRUE: Dr. Redman says scratching can cause more itching and swelling, and it could lead to infection. He suggests rubbing an ice cube over the bite.

4. Peeing on a jellyfish sting is the best way to ease pain. 

  • MYTH: Dr. Redman says urine has not been proven to make the wound hurt any less. Vinegar is one option to ease the pain. You should also remove an lose tentacles by scraping them off with something stiff like a credit card.


5. If you get really sunburned at the beginning of summer, it will tan over and you won't need sunscreen the rest of the year.

  • MYTH:Sunburns can be damaging for your skin and give you an increased risk of skin cancer. Dr. Redman says you should always wear sunscreen outside. 

6. If you get bit by a snake, spider or other insect, you need to bring the animal to the hospital. 

  • MYTH: At Children's Hospital, they prefer you take a picture of the insect or snake rather than bringing it with you. 

7. Sand is a harmless nuisance.

  • MYTH: Sand can be packed with bacteria and cause stomach cramps and diarrhea. 

8. Your eyes can get sunburned.

  • MYTH: Dr. Redman says the sun can burn the outer layer of the eyes just like skin and can cause blurred vision, redness and irritation. Sunglasses are always a good idea when you're outside. 

You can find more helpful summer tips on the American Academy of Pediatrics website

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