Don’t Let the Party Knock You Out Survival guide to summer festivals
Preventive measures are probably not your priority when you are going out of your way to make sure you’re having a good time. That’s exactly the problem: whatever you do, you probably overdo it and that’s what makes you ill. Standing in the sun for long hours, queuing up for tickets or for getting a drink, let alone raving in front of a stage. Feeling a little bit dizzy and sick even on an empty stomach? Shivering in the heat? Sunstroke is right on its way to give you a stiff neck, sensitivity to light, loss of appetite and overall fatigue.
The reason behind these unpleasant symptoms is that our head got overheated, the meninges got inflamed and swollen, exerting pressure on several parts of your brain. Wearing a good hat and drinking plenty of water are effective preventive measures against sunstroke. If you weren’t that clever, you can alleviate the symptoms with frequent cold showers, cold fomentation and rehydrating with plenty of
Inflammations of all kinds
Loud music is harmful to the ears, particularly to the eardrums. According to a recent survey by the World Health Organisation 40 percent of the young generation are in danger of hearing loss when attending concerts and sports events. Music played at the average noise level of street traffic – 85 dB – is safe to listen to for eight hours. Raising the level by just 3 dB will halve the safe listening time. By the time you reach the 100 dB mark – the noise level of someone shouting close to you – the impairment threshold is down to a mere fifteen minutes!
We are born with roughly 17 thousand hair cells inside the cochlea and we keep losing a few each time we are exposed to excessive noise. Once they are gone, hair cells will never replenish and over time their gradual loss leads to noticeable hearing impairment. An easy and invisible way to protect your ears at a loud concert is wearing plastic or flexible earphones.
Singing along with your favourite star is a sure way to get a sore throat or even vocal cord inflammation by the gig is up. Cold drinks and the dust that the crowd kicked up makes things even worse. There is effective medical treatment for throat infection but never underestimate the power of rest and silence.
It’s not over yet!
Having one glass too many is the usual collateral damage of the ‘drink now, regret later’ philosophy, which inevitably ends with hangover. Losing control and overeating could also be taxing on your stomach, just as forgetting to wash your hands frequently. The best cure for hangover is prevention is moderation. Make sure you have copious amounts of mineral water between your drinks, to “dilute” alcohol. There are good medicines to tackle gastritis but a few days on a diet wouldn’t hurt either.
Days of relentless partying is physically exhausting, especially when you throw in some extreme sports just for the fun of it. Think twice about bungee jumping, especially if you are having health issues. Also be nice to your feet. If you have fallen arches or other orthopaedic issues make sure you are wearing the proper shoes and weigh the odds of heavy legs, terrible pain and cramps at night when deciding between raving in the front row and a comfy sitting spot a bit further away.
If you tried hard but didn’t quite manage to prioritise preventive measures at a festival and need medical help call us or visit our web site for expert help. You can use your health fund or travel insurance policy to cover the costs of our medical services.