Warning Signs of an Anaphylactic Reaction

Left untreated, anaphylaxis can be deadly. The first signs may look like typical allergy symptoms. But within 30 minutes, more serious signs appear.  Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that needs to be treated right away. If you have an anaphylactic reaction, you need an epinephrine (adrenaline) shot as soon as possible, and someone should call[…]

How to Deal With All the Bites and Stings of Summer

Summer can be relaxing. It can be fun. It can be rejuvenating.   Summer, though, can also itch. It can sting. It can bite. In a number of ways, summer might just be a terrible season.   But the creatures that make the summer months itchy, painful and, in a few cases, potentially lethal, don’t have[…]

Firework Safety Tips

Best to Leave Fireworks to the Experts   Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays. But along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms – especially during July.   In 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to[…]

Safety in the Summer Heat | National Safety Month

Keep People and Pets Safe in the Heat Never leave a living thing unattended in a motor vehicle!  Heat related motor vehicle emergencies are entirely preventable, see below for ways to keep your loved ones safe.  For other ways to help keep your family, friends, and pets safe this summer download our Hyperthermia brochure (English version or Spanish[…]

Which Natural Mosquito Repellent Works Best?

Explore Natural Oils That May Protect You Against Mosquitoes   A number of essential oils can be used as natural insect repellents and help you avoid those pesky and potentially dangerous mosquito bites. These can make good alternatives to the popular sprays that contain synthetic chemicals like DEET. Plus, they almost always smell better.   From lemon eucalyptus[…]

Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes and Ticks

Just when you thought it was warm enough to venture outdoors again, health officials are warning that the number of Americans infected by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in recent years.   Tick-borne diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been increasing in the Northeast, Upper Midwest and California, and[…]

Mosquito Bites: Treat Itching and Recognize Infections

Mosquito bites; they’re itchy, bumpy, and in very rare cases can become infected. What can you do to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and recognize infected bites so that you can better treat them?   Mosquito Bite Symptoms: A Spectrum Nearly everyone on the planet is allergic to mosquito bites at least a little bit. All but the[…]

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

Farewell, carefree days of summer.   The number of people getting diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years, federal health officials reported on Tuesday. Since 2004, at least nine such diseases have been discovered or newly introduced here.   The Centers for Disease[…]

Common Plants and Trees That Trigger Allergies

Here’s what you need to know about what plants might be producing the pollen that makes your allergies flare.   Birch If it’s spring and you’re sneezing, these trees might be part of the problem. They grow throughout the continental U.S., except in the southernmost and westernmost states, and their pollen is very likely to[…]