Everything You Need to Know About the West Nile Virus

Everything You Need to Know About the West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus has been making big news across the country. With a summer worse than normal, it’s only natural for people to become concerned about the virus. However, you don’t have to panic. There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself. In this article, you’ll learn what you need to know about the virus, how many people have been recently affected, and what to watch out for. Here’s everything you need to know about the West Nile Virus.

What to Know About the West Nile Virus

Recent Outbreaks and Concerns

West Nile Virus was first detected in the United States in 1999. The problem this year is that the cases have reached an all-time high in America. Tuesday, it was reported that there were a total of 1,993 cases of West Nile Virus this year. Unfortunately, there have also be 87 deaths. Some states, including Texas, has been hit so hard that they have sprayed pesticides through the use of airplanes. In just the past week, the number of reported cases grew 25%, while the number of deaths rose by 32-percent.

What You Need to Know About the West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus, for the most part, is a seasonal epidemic that occurs in the summer and fall months. However, with the increase in temperatures, the virus may be contracted earlier or later in the year. You can help prevent coming in contact with the virus by limiting your time outdoors. It is also important to use spray to prevent mosquito bites when you’re outside. You should also take the time to take care of any mosquito breeding grounds around your home and repair any damaged screens in your home. However, the virus may also spread through blood transfusions, breastfeeding, and organ transplants.

How Many People Are Affected

As mentioned above, almost 2,000 people have contracted the West Nile Virus in 2012 and almost 100 people have died. That means that the virus has claimed 5% of those affected.

What to Watch For

In 80% of the cases, there are no symptoms of West Nile Virus at all. Up to 20% of people, however, can experience some symptoms for a few days or up to several weeks. These symptoms include headaches, fever, body aches, vomiting, nausea, rash, and sometimes swollen lymph nodes. Very rarely, the symptoms can be extreme and, in addition to the symptoms listed above, may cause neurological problems that could be permanent.

What to Know About the West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus is certainly on the rise, but there are things you can do to limit your exposure. More importantly, even if you do contract the virus, there’s a good chance that you won’t even experience symptoms. However, that doesn’t mean you should overlook taking precautions to protect yourself.

About the Author: Ela Casamento is a health and wellness counselor. She works in a public health clinic and regularly talks to her clients about the swine flu, West Nile virus, women’s health, how to heal candida, and mental health.

Tattoo Safety: Getting A Tattoo, Taking Care of Tattoo

Tattoo Safety: Getting A Tattoo, Taking Care of Tattoo

You may have noticed that more and more people are using tattoos as forms of self-ornamentation and artistic expression. As the popularity of tattooing grows, you may be considering getting one…or two. Great! However, you should educate yourself on safety factors and potential psychological issues first.

Tattoo Safety: Getting A Tattoo, Taking Care of Tattoo

Safety Concerns in the Tattoo World

Some folks are completely unaware of the safety risks that go along with getting body art. However, you would be wise to know accepted standards in the tattoo industry. Be aware that while the Food and Drug Administration monitors the type of ink used in tattoo parlors across the country, they do not regulate any other aspect of it. No certifications are required of tattoo artists by the FDA.

Tattoo parlors follow the rules set by their local government, typically cities or counties. You should definitely look for a location that is at least as clean as you want your doctor’s office to be. Obviously, this should make you weary of backyard tattoo ‘artists’ working with sketchy materials and homemade guns. Using a subpar tattooing facility or someone who does this work on the side is begging for troubleTattoo Safety: Getting A Tattoo, Taking Care of Tattoo

Infection Risks

Using a clean, professional tattoo parlor greatly reduces your risks of catching an infection. However, there is still a slim chance of exposure in the most sterile of facilities. Staph, warts, and hepatitis are all common infections associated with tattooing.

Be proactive and ask to see the tools that will be used on your body. Believe me, a professional artist is not going to mind if you do this. It is a good indication to leave immediately if your tattooist becomes upset over this small request.

  • The ink that she or he is using on you should be in small, one-person sized pots. This ink should never be used on anyone else before, and should never be used on anyone else again.
  • Needles must be brand new. You will know that they are if they are in their original packaging.
  • Your artist should wear gloves throughout the whole procedure – no exceptions.

Prepare Your Mind for the Process

Tattooing is at least a little bit invasive, and that is why there are risks in the first place. More or less, a needle will be used to go through the first layer of your skin to deposit ink into the second layer. Consider the following when thinking of getting a tattoo.

  • It is painful, and where you get your tattoo and your pain tolerance determine just how bad it will be for you.
  • You should expect some bleeding.
  • There is the possibility of allergic reaction, although this is not common.
  • Consider that you may regret the tattoo sooner or later

Tattoo Safety: Getting A Tattoo, Taking Care of Tattoo.

You might be thinking, as many people do, that if you hate your tattoo you can just get it removed. However, Astanza  Laser wants to remind you that tattoo removal is no joke. It’s just as permanent as getting a tattoo in the first place.