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