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Battling the Flying Insect Squad

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          I'M NOT MARTHA - Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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Hi! I'm Lizzy!!  and I'm not Martha!!!

I had a terrific weekend.  My family participates in placing 
flags with a veterans group that I found a few years ago. 
We're multigenerational and all the adults feel it falls on 
us to tell the stories of commitment and sacrifice to the 
kids so we pal-up.  The veterans is this group like to pair 
with teenagers in particular since they feel that like it or 
not they will be the ones who must assume the role for their 
generation.  It was interesting seeing the veterans in their 
caps talking as they placed flags.  It might surprise people 
to know that while they told their stories they engaged in 
conversation about the current war.  Not all those who have 
served are unquestioning about the Middle East.  They are as  
divided as the nation.  Their willingness in the past gives 
them the right to debate.  I found it profoundly enlightening.

Then it was on to BBQ and enjoying one another.  Grilled lamb 
and pork chops, Perfectly seared veggies and strawberry pie. 
Fabulous!

As to be expected the Flying Insect Squad showed up in fine  
formation.  Maybe going through bites..how to avoid them and 
if you can't, what to do about them. Scroll down....

P.S. If you're interested we now have a forum. You can post 
comments on this and recent issues at... Not Martha forum



*HOW TO AVOID SUMMER INSECT BITES:

Use insect repellents with DEET. Most over-the-counter repel-
lents now contain DEET, and are safe to use on children as 
young as 2 months old, and adults. The concentration of DEET 
that's most often recommended for children is 10 percent; up 
to 30 percent is safe for adults. The percent of concentration 
of DEET in a product is related to the length of time that it 
provides protection, not necessarily the strength or maximum 
protection against being bitten. For the product containing 
10 percent DEET, it usually provides somewhere around two to 
three hours of protection against insect bites. Personally, 
I try to avoid these repellents and use natural ones. It's 
up to you.

Stay away from open beverages that contain sweetener. 
Sweetened beverages like soda and juice attract stinging 
insects.

Don't wear perfume or other fragrances.

Avoid areas with standing water. Standing water provides nice, 
moist breeding grounds for mosquitoes. To keep your backyard 
safe, empty or cover pools at the end of the day, and don't 
leave any potted plants outside that may contain standing 
water.

Dress appropriately. Always wear shoes and dress in long 
pants and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt to cover skin and 
provide protection against biting and stinging insects.

For most varieties of insect bites and stings, antihistamines 
will help to stop itching and lessen swelling, and 
acetaminophen or ibuprofen will also help reduce swelling 
while relieving some pain. Some people use a topical steroid 
cream like hydrocortisone to alleviate itching.

WHAT TO DO:

*Bee, Wasp, Hornet, and Yellow Jacket Stings

A bee will leave behind a stinger attached to a venom sac. 
Try to remove it as quickly as possible. One way is to gently 
scrape it out with a blunt-edged object, such as a credit 
card or a dull knife.

Wash the area carefully with soap and water. Do this two to 
three times a day until the skin is healed.

Apply a cold pack, an ice pack wrapped in a cloth, or a cold, 
wet washcloth for a few minutes.

Give acetaminophen for pain.

For pain and itching, give an over-the-counter oral anti-
histamine, if your child's doctor says it's OK; follow dosage 
instructions for your child's age and weight. You could also 
apply a corticosteroid cream or calamine lotion to the sting 
area.

A sting anywhere in the mouth warrants immediate medical 
attention. That's because stings in the mucous membranes of 
the mouth can quickly cause severe swelling that may block 
airways. You should seek medical care if you note a large 
skin rash, a large area of swelling around the sting site, 
or if swelling or pain persists for more than 72 hours. You 
should seek immediate medical care if you notice any of the 
following signs, which may indicate a serious or even po-
tentially life-threatening allergic reaction:

wheezing or difficulty breathing
tightness in throat or chest
swelling of the lips
dizziness or fainting
nausea or vomiting


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* Spider Bites

Most spiders found in the United States are harmless, with 
the exception of the black widow and the brown recluse (or 
violin) spider. Both of these are found in warm climates. 
I have had a brown recluse bite on my foot.  Ouch! and long 
lasting discomfort.

Wash the area carefully with soap and water. Do this two to 
three times a day until skin is healed.

Apply cool compresses.

Give acetaminophen for pain.

To protect against infection, apply an antibiotic ointment 
and keep your hands washed.

If you have any reason to suspect you've been bitten by a 
black widow or brown recluse spider, apply ice to the bite 
site and head for the emergency room. This is a very good 
idea, let me tell you.  These bites get very nasty and sooo 
painful...experience talking here.

Symptoms include:

a deep blue or purple area around the bite, surrounded by a 
whitish ring and a large outer red ring
body rash
muscle spasms, tightness, and stiffness
abdominal pain
headache or fever
general feeling of sickness
lack of appetite
joint pain
nausea or vomiting

In the southwest United States, an unidentified bite may be 
caused by a scorpion. Take your child to the emergency room 
immediately.

* Tick Bites:

People who live in the northeast and upper Midwest need to 
be on the look-out for ticks carrying Lyme disease this 
summer. Those at the greatest risk are people who spend a 
lot of time outdoors, especially in wooded areas.

If you are going on a hile or where you know you are at risk 
for ticks...wear white clothing and have your sock cover the 
pant hem. It will make the tick check much easier. And don't 
forget to check hair.  It happens, what can I tell you.

About 80 percent of individuals with Lyme disease will 
develop a rash that looks like a bull's-eye near the bite. 
The rash is often accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as 
fever or headache, nausea and vomiting. Some people, how-
ever, may only develop flu-like symptoms and not a rash,

Check your children and pets for ticks carefully after 
you've been in or around a wooded area. Common types of 
ticks include dog ticks and deer ticks (deer ticks may be 
carriers of Lyme disease).

If you find a tick:

If you find the tick on your child...Call your child's 
doctor. The doctor may want you to save the tick after 
removal (you can put it in a jar of alcohol to kill it).

Use tweezers to grasp the tick firmly at its head or mouth, 
next to your skin.

Pull firmly and steadily on the tick until it lets go, then 
swab the bite site with alcohol.

Don't use petroleum jelly or a lit match to kill and remove 
a tick.

Keep yourself bite-free, please.  And if you get one, 
remember how to help yourself and those you look after.

Lizzy

Questions...Comments...? email Lizzy


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