House Calls

SUM 2019

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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the buzz WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR Beestings and fire ant bites are painful, but, for most people, they're nothing more than a nuisance. For an estimated five percent of the population (or one in every 200 people), however, they can result in a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If you experience the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Trouble breathing or wheezing Swelling of the throat, neck, or tongue Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea Rash, hives, or pale skin A drop in blood pressure Dizziness or loss of consciousness for: Stings & Bites 8 { summer 2019 } h o u s e c a l l s The laidback, play-all-day vibe of summer is hard to beat. However, the season's warmer weather—and our increased time spent outdoors—ups our risk for run-ins with critters like bees, mosquitoes, jellyfish, and fire ants. The good news? The vast majority of summertime bites and stings are bothersome, but not dangerous. BITES 101 TO REMOVE A BEE STINGER, DON'T PINCH AND PULL IT WITH YOUR FINGERS OR TWEEZERS DOING SO WILL INJECT MORE VENOM. INSTEAD, SCRAPE THE STINGER OUT SIDEWAYS USING A CREDIT CARD OR YOUR FINGERNAIL. U S D A South Carolina is home to 6 VENOMOUS SPECIES OF SNAKES (5 pit vipers and the coral snake). Pit vipers, which include copperheads and cottonmouths. have a triangular- shaped head; coral snakes have alternating red and black bands, with skinny yellow bands in between. If a snake bites you, seek urgent care immediately. S C D N R SPECIES OF MOSQUITOES LIVE IN THE LOWCOUNTRY AND 30 OF THOSE PREY ON HUMANS AND PETS. CHARLESTONCOUNTY.ORG To ward off mosquito bites, use an EPA-registered insect repellant containing one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. - CDC THE AVERAGE PERSON CAN WITHSTAND 10 BEESTINGS PER 1 POUND OF BODY WEIGHT, MEANING A 130POUND ADULT COULD SAFELY TOLERATE 1,300 STINGS. U S D A M O R E F A C T S A B O U T B I T E S A N D S T I N G S : 50+ THE RED IMPORTED FIRE ANT IS PRESENT IN 46 COUNTIES OF SOUTH CAROLINA. IT WAS ACCIDENTALLY BROUGHT TO ALABAMA FROM SOUTH AMERICA AROUND 1940 AND HAS BEEN SPREADING THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH EVER SINCE. S C D H E C Spot a purple or red flag on the beach? Purple flags denote that dangerous marine animals like jellyfish or sharks have been spotted; red flags mean "extreme hazards" are present in the water; two red flags indicate that the water is closed for swimming. U S A T O D A Y P H O T O G R A P H B E E B Y K O S T I A N T Y N K R A V C H E N K O / S H U T T E R S T O C K

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