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Avoiding mosquitoes this summer isn’t just about preventing itching discomfort. Whether you are staying home or venturing out of the US, you need to understand how you can prevent the spread of the Zika virus to you and your family. The best way to prevent unneeded stress is to know the facts and be confident in prevention.

Facts about the Zika Virus

  1. Severe birth defects such as microcephaly can be caused by the mosquito-borne Zika virus

  2. The Zika virus epidemic has spread in Latin America and the Caribbean

  3. It is primarily transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito

  4. High risk mosquito zones in the U.S. include Florida & Texas

  5. It can be spread through mosquito bites or sexual relations with someone who is currently infected with the virus

 

How you can prevent mosquito bites

  1. Wear long sleeves and pants

  2. Use insect repellant with the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus *Children under three years of age should not products with oil of lemon eucalyptus or its synthetic version, PMD

  3. Treat clothing, tents, and/or gear with permethrin

  4. Eliminate standing water close to your home

  5. Keep home or hotel doors and windows shut tight

Symptoms & Signs

The incubation period for the Zika virus is not known, however it is estimated to be a few days to a week. The most common symptoms are listed below, if you have traveled to an area with Zika and are experiencing these symptoms within two weeks of travelling, be sure to tell your Doctor.

  1. Fever and/or Headaches

  2. Rash

  3. Joint and/or Muscle Pain

  4. Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

While there have been reports of the virus being sexually transmitted within the U.S., there are currently no reports of local transmission within the U.S. mainland. Ultimately, if you are trying to get pregnant, the World Health Organization is asking you consider delaying pregnancy 8 weeks if you or your partner live in or have visited a country where the Zika virus is actively being spread.

 

Researchers from the University of Arizona, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other institutions put together a map of where the Aedes Aegyptimosquito live in the U.S:

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If you have any questions about how the Zika virus may affect you and your family, please give PAL a call at 770-277-6725 to set up an appointment to discuss your individual situation with your provider.

 

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It’s officially Spring and it’s showing in the air! The temperatures are rising, flowers and trees are blooming, and your car has a yellow haze covering it from top to bottom. It is the time of year when millions of people suffer from environmental allergies.  The key contributors to the pollen in the spring are cedar, cottonwood, pine, and birch trees.  If you aren’t exactly sure what’s irritating your nose, eyes, and throat, easy and painless allergy testing can give you results and answers you need.

Pollen and spring allergies can have varied effects on the human body.  However, most individuals suffer from the following symptoms:

• Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes

• Sneezing

• Stuffy nose (congestion)

• Runny nose

• Tearing eyes

• Dark circles under the eyes

Take the guess work out of your allergy prevention and find out exactly what to avoid and/or treat this spring and summer by completing an easy allergy test. PAL offers precise allergy testing through the use of painless, no needle testing that focuses on allergies common in our region of the U.S. Our allergy testing is conveniently performed in the PAL office by trained staff, and your results can be provided immediately.

The best ways to alleviate allergy symptoms are:

  • Immunotherapy allergy shots.

  • Stay inside and limit outdoor activities, especially in the morning when pollen counts are highest

  • Keep windows closed at home and when driving

  • Shower, change clothes, and remove shoes after being outside for long periods of time to eliminate the amount of pollen brought inside your home.

  • Wear sunglasses outside to protect pollen from your eyes.

  • Dust and vacuum daily around the home in high traffic areas.

     

Don’t let your children suffer through another allergy season!

Schedule your appointment with PAL today so we can pinpoint your child’s triggers, and prevent allergy symptoms with proper treatment.

 

 

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Spring break and summer are just around the corner. Warm months may not be the only time you travel, but spring is definitely a good time to put together a first-aid travel kit. You can buy a first-aid kit that’s previously prepared, or design your own. If you want to have a cold weather activity, turn it into a fun shopping and craft with the kids. Regardless of what you choose, here are a few items you should probably include:

It’s so easy to fall in to the trap of the fad diets orbiting the perfect foods to cure all our illnesses. Eat this! Don’t eat that! 

As the new year unfolds, don’t let it open you up to your anxieties or obsessions surrounding diet for you and your family. Start the new year off right and eliminate the struggle by re-establishing a healthy relationship with food based around better eating habits.

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You already know how important it is to feed your entire family healthy food, but sometimes it just comes down to not knowing exactly how to do it. So, we’re going to help you out and give you a few important lessons we think will help you guide your family towards the path of eating better.

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