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Five tips from the experts to ensure a healthy and safe Electric Picnic

Published 03/09/2015 | 14:12

MADELINE MULQUEEN AND ALICIA KAVANAGH ANNOUNCE THE STAGE TIMES FOR
CASA BACARD AT ELECTRIC PICNIC 2015
MADELINE MULQUEEN AND ALICIA KAVANAGH ANNOUNCE THE STAGE TIMES FOR CASA BACARD AT ELECTRIC PICNIC 2015

No one wants to come back from Stradbally with dehydration, sunburn, or worse.... read these tops tips from pharmacists to make for a carefree weekend.

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Over 40,000 revellers are expected to descend of Electric Picnic in Co Laois this weekend.

Music lovers have been advised to take adequate precautions to look after themselves during the three day event.

Daragh Connolly, a pharmacist and Vice-President of the Irish Pharmacy Union, is advising festival goers to be especially cautious about the risks of unprotected sex.

Festival fun: Revellers at last year's Electric Picnic
Festival fun: Revellers at last year's Electric Picnic
Guerilla Aerial performing at the 3Penthouse Garden at the Electric Picnic Pres Day, 01_09_2015.
01/09/15 Artist, Dave Sumray from Kilmore Quay, Wexford with his exhibit, 'The Bus thet Fell to Earth' pictured this afternoon at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2015, which takes place in Stradbally from next Friday to Sunday. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
'Glad Rags and Glam Fags', from left, Carina Butterfly, Candy Warhol, Flaming Jade, Fabio Ego Deflato and Shir Madness pictured this afternoon at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2015, which takes place in Stradbally from next Friday to Sunday. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
01/09/15 Aoife Hayward pictured in the laundrette at the Electric Picnic pictured this afternoon at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2015, which takes place in Stradbally from next Friday to Sunday. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

“We are advising people to plan ahead if they believe there is any chance of an unplanned sexual encounter. Condoms are essential to protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections. It is also important to be aware that, while normal oral contraception can assist against an unwanted pregnancy, it becomes ineffective if the person is suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea.”

Mr Connolly advises packing a "survival kit" just in case a bout of unexpected illness or sickness strikes.

“A few small items can help if you do become unwell, such as medication for stomach upsets or diarrhoea and antiseptic cream for bites, stings or cuts.  It is important to have sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher with UVA protection also to apply it even if it’s a cloudy day."

“Music festivals such as Electric Picnic are there to be enjoyed. It is important that individuals take all precautions to ensure that they have a safe and healthy festival experience,” he added

Here are some top tips from the professionals to cover some of the common issues that might arise:

1. Prescription Medication

Make sure to bring along an adequate supply of any prescription medication you may be taking. Asthma sufferers should take preventative inhalers with them, even if they are not showing any symptoms. Anyone with an allergy to any prescription medicine, such as penicillin, should wear a bracelet or necklace which states this fact.

2. Sexual Health

If you intend to be sexually active at the festival, take precautions and practice safe sex. Always use a condom to protect against sexually transmitted infections. Vomiting and diarrhoea can render oral contraceptives ineffective.

3. Suncare

Apply high sun protection factor (SPF) 20 minutes before you go out into the sun and reapply regularly. Wear a hat and sunglasses and if you suffer from cold sores, wear a lip balm with high sun protection and carry a cream to treat cold sores. Also drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

4. Stomach Upsets

Stomach upsets can be common at events such as festivals where peoples’ normal dietary routine is interrupted. Ask your pharmacist about the appropriate over-the-counter medicines to bring with you should this happen. It is important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration if you are suffering from diarrhoea. In some cases, rehydration sachets may be necessary. Washing your hands is the first line of defence against spreading germs. Antiseptic hand gel is always handy to have at outdoor events and can reduce the risks of an upset stomach.

5. Be Aware

Make a note of the location of the medical posts on site so they know where to go if they need assistance in a hurry.

01/09/15 Melvin Benn festival director pictured this afternoon at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2015, which takes place in Stradbally from next Friday to Sunday. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
01/09/15 Melvin Benn festival director pictured this afternoon at a preview of the Electric Picnic 2015, which takes place in Stradbally from next Friday to Sunday. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

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