In recent years, Spain has been establishing itself as one of the main tourist destinations for music festivals worldwide, with almost a thousand of these annual events held in 2023. In summer, they also usually take place outdoors: the beach, the mountains, the rural environment or the city.

As Julio Maset, Cinfa doctor, recalls, “attending concerts by our favorite groups in good company, enjoying the outdoors or socializing are some aspects that guarantee fun at this type of event, but we must also be careful with those that may affect to our health. Exposure to excessive noise thresholds, crowding, intense heat or summer storms, insect bites, poor nutrition, and excessive alcohol consumption are just a few examples.”

As the expert states, hearing health can be one of the first to be affected, especially for those who often attend these types of shows: “Exposure to high volumes of sound can affect hearing, so if we have sensitive ears or we begin to notice discomfort in them, it would be advisable to use plugs or move a little further away from the speaker towers. The appearance of tinnitus or tinnitus can be an indication of damage to the middle ear,” he maintains.

Equipped from head to toe

Another key to enjoying a festival without harming our health is to protect ourselves from solar radiation by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or 50. “Likewise, to prevent burns, it is advisable to avoid or reduce sun exposure during the central hours of the festival.” day and, if we didn’t want to miss our favorite group, protect ourselves with a good hat and approved sunglasses,” adds the expert. “Crowds of people, standing, and heat can also cause fainting and even heat stroke. If we feel dizzy or feel like our body temperature is increasing and sweating has stopped, we must inform someone with us, retire to a clearer place in the shade and ask for help from the health workers, who are usually always available at these events. ”recommends Dr. Maset.

If the temperature is high, it is best to drink water regularly to mitigate the effects of the heat and avoid dehydration, as well as try to eat as well as possible. “We must try to eat all the daily meals and compensate for the limited gastronomic offer with fruits and nuts, which will provide us with vitamins, minerals and energy to enjoy the day’s concerts,” explains Maset. It is also very important to eat in sufficient quantities so that, if alcohol is consumed, the body absorbs it more slowly.”

Likewise, the Cinfa expert advises wearing comfortable and breathable shoes, carrying mosquito repellent in your luggage and a small first aid kit that allows us to be prepared for injuries and falls, or even colds or gastrointestinal disorders.

Ten health tips to enjoy a summer of festivals:

  1. Protect yourself against the sun. At an outdoor music festival, you can spend many hours in the sun, especially if you plan to attend for several days. For this reason, remember to protect yourself from solar radiation by frequently applying sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher (at least every 2 hours) and moisturizing often. Also try to stay in the shade as much as possible and avoid sun exposure in the middle of the day.
  2. Choose your outfit well. The weather can give us great surprises, so your clothing must allow you to face both the heat and the cold and the rain in order to keep both sunstroke and heat stroke as well as colds and colds at bay. In addition, you should not miss sunglasses and a hat so that the shade protects your face, ears and neck well, as well as a sweater or fleece, a raincoat and even an umbrella – which can also serve as a parasol. Always carrying a scarf or scarf with you can be a very good idea, as it can protect you from both the sun and the cold.
  3. Reduce noise exposure as much as possible. If you notice discomfort in your ears or have them very sensitive, staying away from the stages and its powerful speakers between concerts will allow your ears to rest from the noise. You can also prevent injuries by wearing earplugs.
  4. Drink plenty of water. Remember to drink at least two liters of water a day to keep your body hydrated. It will help you, on the one hand, to cope with high temperatures and, on the other, to prevent possible intestinal problems.
  5. Don’t neglect your diet. Healthy options in the culinary offerings at festivals are usually very limited, so it is recommended that you bring easy-to-transport but nutritious foods with you, such as fruits and nuts, which, in addition to fiber, vitamins and minerals, will provide you with energy. to continue dancing and enjoying.
  6. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Try to moderate its intake, drink slowly, without mixing it with other substances, and make sure you eat enough to help the body metabolize it.
  7. Pay attention to your feet. They can be the biggest losers of festivals. To minimize risks, wear breathable, comfortable, flexible shoes of adequate width to prevent the appearance of chafing, calluses or blisters. In showers and common areas, wear slippers or flip-flops to prevent fungal infection.
  8. Be careful with the bites. To avoid mosquitoes, avoid colognes or soaps with aromas that are too sweet or intense, as they attract their attention. Always carry a repellent with you and apply it following the manufacturer’s instructions. You can apply the repellent half an hour after having applied the sunscreen. In areas with a higher risk of bites or at night, it is also advisable to wear clothing that covers all the skin and, if you spend the night on the festival grounds, use mosquito nets. Carrying a product to soothe the itch or pain after a mosquito or other insect bite can also be a good idea.
  9. Don’t forget to take your usual medication if applicable: festivals are hours or days when we get distracted and can lose track of time. If you take any medication, especially if it is chronic, remember to carry it with you to take it when it is time to do so and reserve some extra in your bag or backpack for the days that the festival lasts. Remember that alcohol and some medications do not get along very well and that enjoying health comes first.
  10. Carry a first aid kit with essential products. Hydrogen peroxide, skin disinfectants, sterile gauze and tape will allow you to quickly clean and heal an injury caused by a minor wound or fall. If it is serious, ask the festival’s Civil Protection team for help. Pain relievers, flu relievers, antidiarrheals, and antihistamines may also be useful.

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