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Summer – Hit Or Myth

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Think you’ve got summer sussed? Don’t believe it! Pip Harry investigates all those persistent warm weather myths and uncovers the facts

Burnt barbecue meat can be cancerous – TRUE

Taste isn’t the only reason to take your snags off the barbecue before they become charcoal. Studies have shown a group of carcinogenic substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can be produced if foods are burnt or overheated.

Taste isn’t the only reason to take your snags off the barbecue before they become charcoal.

Taste isn’t the only reason to take your snags off the barbecue before they become charcoal.

Although charred or smoked foods could contain traces of PAHs, experts agree that the amount in the average Australian diet is too low to be considered a significant cancer risk. However, when cooking, try to use lower heat methods such as steaming, boiling, poaching, casseroling, baking, stir-frying or roasting.

Chlorine kills every germ in a swimming pool – FALSE

Chlorine does kill off most germs that cause illness, eventually. Unfortunately, it can take seven to 19 days for chlorine to kill the nasty cryptosporidium parasite which causes diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea.

Crypto can be killed in a pool, but only by hyper-chlorination, during which time the pool is closed until the chlorine levels return to safe levels. The only way that you can avoid the parasite completely is to avoid drinking the water or swimming in public pools.

Swimming at dusk and dawn is more dangerous – TRUE

When the light is dim, there are often more sharks in the water. Experts advise avoiding swimming when it’s dark or at twilight when sharks are most active and visibility is poor. Shark attacks often occur in murky waters, when they can mistake humans for fishy prey.

Experts advise avoiding swimming when it’s dark or at twilight when sharks are most active and visibility is poor

Experts advise avoiding swimming when it’s dark or at twilight when sharks are most active and visibility is poor

Another risk, says Anthony Bradstreet, public safety and education coordinator for Surf Life Saving Australia, is you’re on your own. “The biggest risk about swimming at dusk and dawn is that there are rarely lifeguards watching the water. Many people drown every year by swimming outside of the patrolled hours.”

Weeing on a jellyfish sting helps ease the pan – FALSE

Urinating on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain is an old wives’ tale, says Bradstreet. “Non-tropical jellyfish stings (such as bluebottles) should be treated by immersing the area in warm water, followed up by applying ice. Generally the pain will recede after 30 minutes,” he says.

“Stings from tropical jellyfish (box jellyfish, irukandji) can be deadly, however. Maintain the patient’s airway and breathing and seek urgent medical assistance by calling triple zero. You should also flood the stung area with vinegar (not urine) for at least 30 seconds.

“Vinegar can be found attached to signage in most populated areas in the tropics.”

Olive-skinned people need less sunscreen – FALSE

SunSmart manager Jen Makin warns that having darker skin won’t give you any extra protection from skin cancer. “People with all skin types are at risk of skin cancer – whether you are fair or olive-skinned, you still need to protect yourself from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.”

“People with all skin types are at risk of skin cancer – whether you are fair or olive-skinned, you still need to protect yourself from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.”

“People with all skin types are at risk of skin cancer – whether you are fair or olive-skinned, you still need to protect yourself from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.”

Makin suggests combining sunscreen with a hat, shade and sunglasses. “Apply sunscreen evenly to clean, dry skin 20 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply all sunscreens every two hours, or more often, when sweating.” If you’re wondering how much cream to apply, use the ‘sunscreen calculator’ on the free SunSmart app (for iPhone and android smartphones) which will tell you the approximate amount of sunscreen required for one application, based on your size and clothing cover.

Scratching an insect bite makes it worse – TRUE

Your mum was right: scratching an insect bite really does make it worse. Bacteria from underneath your fingernails can cause a skin infection and the act of scratching causes the skin to release more histamine, which leads to more itching and swelling.

Instead of itching, rub the bite with an ice cube to bring down inflammation and numb the sting

Instead of itching, rub the bite with an ice cube to bring down inflammation and numb the sting

Instead of itching, rub the bite with an ice cube to bring down inflammation and numb the sting. If you keep your hands off, in most cases the irritation from the bite will quickly disappear.

Eating garlic wards off mosquito bites – FALSE

Scientists say there’s no point loading up on garlic prawns at a summer barbecue in the hopes of avoiding mozzie bites. Eating the pungent bulb won’t prevent an attack.

Researchers at the University of Connecticut asked a group of people to consume high amounts of garlic on some days and a placebo on others. They exposed the subjects to mosquitoes and found no difference between the number of bites on the garlic or non-garlic days.

So what does ward off the bloodsuckers? DEET-containing repellent (which blocks the mosquito’s sense of detection) and avoiding alcohol. Studies done on beer drinkers in the US found they attracted more bites thank non-drinkers.

You shouldn’t swim for an hour after eating – FALSE

You might not want to eat a burger with the lot minutes before diving into the ocean, but Bradstreet says there isn’t any clear evidence to suggest swimming after eating is an issue. “The common misconception is that it can cause cramps, but there just isn’t anything to support it. It’s up to the individual, as long as they feel comfortable, to go into the water!”

You shouldn’t swim for an hour after eating

You shouldn’t swim for an hour after eating

Salt water helps to heal a wound – FALSE

Salt water (saline) is good for cleaning up infection, so dunking a wound in the sea is a good idea, right? Well, not so fast. The salt water needs to be sterile to do its magic, and these days most bodies of water are fat from pristine and can be teeming with bacteria – either naturally or due to human activity.

Particularly risky open water spots are those near rocks or coral, or close to fisheries, mines, farms, stormwater drains or sewage plants. Think twice about swimming straight after heavy rain, which causes dirty run-off into the water.

If you cut yourself in the ocean, exit the water quickly; clean the cut with sterile saline and dress it with an antiseptic cream. The try to keep it dry until it’s properly healed.

 

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