Facts About Dengue

It’s rainy season once again, the season that most people think is dengue season. Worse, there’s no developed antibodies nor vaccines to fight dengue infection. Below are facts about dengue that will help you protect yourself and reduce your risk of being infected.

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Cover exposed skin. The lesser skin you show,
the lesser you are likely to be infected.

False: Rainy season is dengue season.
Fact: Dengue strikes all year long.

False: Dengue-carrier mosquitoes only lurks on daytime.
Fact: Night mosquitoes can also be dengue carriers. Aedes Albopictus (day and night mosquito) is a secondary dengue vector.

False: You can only get dengue once.
Fact: There are four strains of dengue and getting one strain does not protect you from getting the others. In fact, you can be infected by the same strain twice.

False: Mosquitoes breed in dirty water.
Fact: Dengue-carrying mosquitoes don’t care if the water is dirty or clean. They can even breed on purified water or on a coin-size droplet so long as it is stagnant (undisturbed).

False: There are mosquito-magnet people.
Fact: Mosquitoes can be attracted to anyone but according to experts, people who sweat a lot and have high levels of lactic acid on the skin are more attractive for mosquitoes.

How to Know if You Have Dengue

  • Skin redness, flushing or rushes due to high fever
  • Headache and nausea
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Bleeding nose and gums (in some cases)

How to Prevent Yourself from Being Infected

  • Cover all water vessels. Check potholes, clogged gutters and drainage around your house. These are Mosquitoes breeding grounds.
  • Cover exposed skin. The lesser skin you show, the lesser you are likely to be infected.
  • Use mosquito repellents of your choice (lotion, bracelet or patch).

Source:
www.healthedu.gov.lk

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Why Some Things Just Aren’t Meant for Storage

By Rob Barlow

Storage units are useful for almost everything you don’t need every day. Any item you need to remain unused and undamaged until you need them again you can just call Fort Knox Australia and put everything away until it becomes important. However there are a few things in life that you just cannot put away. So here are a few good reasons that you may want to reconsider the idea of storage.

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Delicacy

Some things require certain conditions in order to function well. When certain items are put in storage for a while they may break simply because they have to be in certain standards of care. Items with temperature thresholds, items that require a level of maintenance in order to continue in a good state and items that need sunlight, open air or any other external environmental condition. Things like this have to be considered before you put things into storage or when you get them out you may find them worse for wear.

Time

Some things are just perishable and no amount of preservation or favourable conditions will manage to change that. Things simply expire over time. If this is the kind of product that will just go out of date given time enough there is no reason to put it away and you may as well get as much use out of things as possible. It’s no good trying to hold onto something that’s going to break whatever you do.

Sentimentality

It may seem like a good idea to put the vanity table your grandmother left you into storage. After all as nice as it is it’s a bad idea to keep something that can get chipped scratched and broken out in the open. It takes up space, its heavy and it’s hard to do anything with. However there will come a time when despite all the practicalities it’s just a matter of the human condition that you need to see them again. For items like this you do not need storage, no matter how practical it might be.

Inconvenience

Some things are hard to move places, despite the fact that the things you’re proposing to put into storage are likely to be taking up space or being annoying to have around it might be more difficult to put it into storage and then out of it again. Whether it’s just too heavy and awkward for you to be bothered moving or it’s something you’re going to need to move four or five times at great pain and difficulty for yourself. Hard to lift, hard to move, or too costly to have lugged places. Sometimes it is really just not worth moving things.

For one reason or another some things just aren’t worth lugging from place to place. It’s a nice thought to be able to put whatever you want wherever you want but for about five to ten percent of things you will have to use them, value them or simply just enjoy them while you can.

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Different Types of Pushchairs Explained

If you are in the middle of a pregnancy, there are probably a million different thoughts and concerns running through your brain at any time of day; we imagine that “what pushchair should I get?” is likely to be pretty low on the list of priorities right now.

However, it would be for the best if you could think about pushchairs as soon as possible; now, if that’s an option for you. There are endless different models available on the market, with absolutely loads of different features, bits-and-bobs, safety gizmos and helpful add-ons, so things can get pretty confusing if you’re trying to make up your mind without doing the proper prep beforehand.

Thankfully, you’ve got experts to help you out – read this article and get all clued up on prams, pushchairs, and all their paraphernalia. Don’t lose your mind in your favourite baby superstore; be a pushchair pro!

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Twin pushchairs allow your little ones to sit next to each other, whilst tandems will put one behind the other, or even underneath.

Lightweight Single Pushchairs

Lightweight pushchairs are less heavy than other models – the clue’s in the name, really – so they’re more easily manoeuvrable. They’re practical, as you can shove them away in a niche or alcove at home, and they are allowed on buses; something that prams often struggle with.

Lightweights aren’t really suitable for newborns, not unless the seat can be reclined all the way back to horizontal, so check for that first. If not, you’ll have to wait until your little one is at least three months old.

Coach Prams

Coach prams are the traditional style prams; you know the ones. They’re large, and they’re hard bodied, with big wheels and a handy shopping tray underneath. They usually have the best suspension around, meaning your babe will be able to stay sleeping even on bumpy terrain, and they are easily the most comfortable thing out there.

Sadly, they have their downsides too – the large size and sturdiness mean they can’t be folded up, so you’ll need a lot of space at home, and you can forget about public transport! You’ll also want to avoid any stairs or narrow shops…

Twins and Tandems

If you are expecting not one, but two bundles of joy, then you’ll be wanting to look at twins and tandems. Twin pushchairs allow your little ones to sit next to each other, whilst tandems will put one behind the other, or even underneath. The tandems are better for manoeuvrability.

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Keeping Your Family Healthy This Flu Season

According to Secretary Enrique Ona of the Department of Health (DOH), flu season here in the country is from July to December. It is also the season for monsoon rains, typhoons and cool breeze…the season that coincides with flu.

Flu vaccination is the best way to protect your family from the flu but there are other ways you can take to keep your family healthy this flu season.

flu season
Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue
when you cough or sneeze to trap the germs.

Have Vitamin C everyday. Vitamin C is one of the most important nutritional elements to include in your regular diet. Research shows that Vitamin C helps in fighting free radicals by protecting the cells and keeping them healthy. It is also a popular remedy for common colds. Though your body is not able to produce Vitamin C on its own, you can have it everyday by including Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet or by taking Vitamin C supplements from your trusted brand.

Observe the etiquette of coughing and sneezing. Coughs and sneezes spread diseases such as colds, flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and whooping cough. Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze to trap the germs. Throw the used tissue in the trash bin then wash your hands to avoid contaminating things and spreading germs to others.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Regular hand-washing reduces the passing of germs that cause not just respiratory diseases but gastrointestinal illness as well. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol or hand sanitizer to clean your hands.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you can’t avoid coming into close contact with sick people, use face mask (preferably N95). Research shows that when a family member is sick, other family members wearing mask cut their risk of getting infected by 60% to 80%.

Practice good health habits. Have regular, moderate exercise and enough sleep, eat healthy, drink plenty of fluids and practice safety and cleanliness around your home.

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Tips on Discussing Drugs and Alcohol with Teens

There are specific topics that parents find hard to discuss with their teenagers, such as drugs and alcohol addiction. As parents, there is no pro-forma approach to discussing sensitive topics with your kids because every child is unique and their reaction will be different from one another. Here are some tips to help you discuss the subject positively and productively.

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Let your teens express themselves and talk to you
about the things that are important to them.

Be Prepared to Answer Questions

When you talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol, expect a lot of questions to be raised. Learn the different kinds of drugs, their street names and their effects – long term and short term. You have to realize that some drugs available during your younger years may not be the same as the ones being abused by teens now. Teens will likely be curious and ask about your experience with drugs and alcohol, and how you will handle this is up to you. Though it is important that you are truthful with teens, it might be better to keep some things in private for now.

Engage Teens with Questions

Ask your teenager what they know about drug and alcohol addiction. Study show that about half of high school students claim to have at least one friend who abuses substances such as ecstacy, cocaine and meth. Talk to them about their friends and encourage them to talk to their friend involved in drugs. There is a good chance that your teen has been offered drugs on some occasion and on how they have handled the situation.

Brace Yourself

Crossing your fingers, you won’t have to hear your teen’s confession about drug and alcohol use, but if they do confide about experimenting it is very important that you stay calm. Freaking out, yelling and lecturing them will only end the conversation and probably wedge your relationship with them. If they do trust you enough to talk about something grave as this, it is a good thing – you have an honest and open communication between you. However, you should also calmly bring up the consequences of their action. Be realistic and discuss about the legal, financial and relationship trouble that may arise from such experimentation. Gently remind them that this can lead to addiction and that addicts struggle with all aspect of their life and often end up being broke or in prison.

Do Your Best to Listen

If possible, listen to them and do not interrupt them when they talk about drugs and alcohol, school stress and friends. Let your teens express themselves and talk to you about the things that are important to them. Avoid giving advice unless they ask for it. Teenagers oftentimes hear advice as a lecture or you telling them what to do. Listen, encourage and let them know that you will always be there for them.

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