Health Bits

Posted 5/17/2018

Health Bits

from Barbara

This summer ticks and mosquitoes are even more prevalent in our beautiful Midwest. The CDC and the Weather Bureau states it is because of our increased rainfall and warmer temperatures.  Whether you believe in global warming or not, it seems things are changing in our environmental surroundings.

There are several ways to deter mosquitoes. The first one people always think of are the products using DEET.  Most of us would rather use something as effective, but not use DEET. One product is anything containing oil of eucalyptus. Another is made by Avon and called Skin so Soft Bug Guard plus picaridin. This new product is supposed to repel against
mosquitoes and deer ticks too.

Ticks love the Wisconsin humidity. The infected blacklegged ticks are those that can cause Lyme disease.  It can usually be treated with antibiotics if caught soon enough. To protect against ticks, avoid brushing up against vegetation. For protection against mosquitos and ticks, wear a hat and light clothing, long–sleeved shirts and long pants tucked in your socks.

Wear a hat for sun protection, shoes with good support, a reputable sun screen product, apply a mosquito repellent, and you are set to go for a great outdoor adventure this summer!

Barbara

 

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posted 4/23/18

from Barbara

 SPRING IS HERE!!

What a wonderful time of the year. Our environment has new beginnings in plants, flowers, and even some animals. The scents can be wonderful or overbearing. And as your nurse, I have to bring to your attention another prevalent substance that Spring brings—Allergies!

An allergy is when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. It could be something you eat, inhale into your lungs, inject into your body or touch. This reaction could cause coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose and a scratchy throat. The change in Wisconsin weather and temperature brings many allergens in the air. In severe cases, allergens can cause rashes, hives, low blood pressure, breathing trouble, asthma attacks and even death.

There is no cure for allergies, but you can manage them with prevention and treatment. More Americans than ever say they suffer from allergies. It is among the country’s most common, but overlooked, diseases.

Allergy treatment is based on your medical history and can include three treatment types: Avoiding allergens, medicine options and/or immunotherapy “allergy shots”, or allergens placed under the tongue. The best of these, if possible, is to avoid the allergen. Remove the source of allergens from your home. You can also reduce your symptoms to airborne allergens by using a nasal saline rinse daily. Nasal rinses are effective and inexpensive. Your pharmacist is a good resource on how to do them correctly.

Have a wonderful Spring!

– Barbara

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