Allergy vs severe reaction
Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants all belong to the same order of insects,
, so their venoms cause similar reactions if you are stung or bitten. Hymenoptera
People’s bodies react in one of three ways:
85-90% experience a small local reaction—pain, redness and some swelling just around the sting site. 10% experience what is called a “large local reaction”—pain, itching, redness and swelling
read on Spring is mosquito season
Mosquitoes love warm, wet weather. Spring is their favorite season!
Research has shown that
over others. Blame your genes. 😕 mosquitoes prefer certain people
But you won’t always be able to hide behind a tastier friend.
And even though mosquito bites are mostly a seasonal annoyance, in some parts of the country/world mosquitoes carry serious diseases like Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, chikungunya, yellow fever …
read on How do I know it’s Spring?
Violent bouts of sneezing? Check.
Crazy red and itchy eyes? Check.
An incessant drip, drip, drip from my nose? Check.
Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies, like me, has a love-hate relationship with Spring.
And the drug makers love us! Prescription and over-the-counter medications for seasonal allergies are huge money makers; we spend billions every year!
I’ve tried a lot of different remedies over …
read on Your drops might be making things worse
Do you suffer from chronically dry, red, itchy eyes? The eye drops you use might actually be making your eyes look and feel worse.
Like so many over-the-counter (OTC) products, there are dozens of eye drops from which to choose. How do you know which is best?
As always, ignore the front of the package (the marketing claims) and read the ingredients.
Oxymetazoline … read on Cold season is still with us
The calendar says spring, but you wouldn’t know it looking out my kitchen window.
Not only is it still cold, it’s still cold season.
Did you know that Americans spend about $3.5
billion every year on over-the-counter cold and cough remedies?
But despite spending such a huge amount of money, has anyone ever bought a magic bullet to prevent or cure the common cold?…
read on I just read about that—again—suggests a link between the use of some essential oils and breast development ( a recent study by the Endocrine Society ) in young boys. gynecomastia Lavender and tea tree oil, especially, are considered . I wrote about this a few years ago , and wanted to re-post this information. Be informed and use essential oils with caution! FN endocrine-disrupting chemicals This post was originally published … read on Home remedies for a persistent cough
Flu season hit hard this year, and the normal, if unwelcome, after effect of many viral upper respiratory infections is a lingering cough.
found that, on average, a cough will last 17.8 days! Fortunately, most coughs are self limiting; that is, they will get better without special treatment, such as antibiotics. recent review of the medical literature
If you have a question about …
read on The difference between cold and flu symptoms
In general, a cold is a virus that settles in your sinuses, and flu is a virus that affects your lungs, which is why it can be more serious.
Colds can develop rather slowly, perhaps taking two to three days of mild symptoms before you feel really lousy. Flu symptoms hit hard and fast; you may think to yourself,
“Where is the truck … read on Baby, it’s cold outside!
Most of the headlines over the last few days have focused on the arctic “cyclone” and
brutally cold temperatures affecting a big chunk of the US.
Low temperature records are being shattered. Many states are reporting wind chills of -30°F or less.
That’s not just cold—that’s life threatening.
Outside my house, in Seattle, the weather is a pretty seasonal 40°F. And rainy. Lucky us.
But anyone …
read on Avoid the emergency room
Fridays, weekends and holidays are always bad times to get a doctor’s appointment, and many people end up in an emergency department. Which costs a lot of money, even for those with health insurance.
What can you do to decrease your chances of needing emergency care or other expensive healthcare over the holidays?
An emergency physician recently posted some
good tips on the healthcare blog KevinMD, … read on