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Red Tide

Red Tide has been in the local news quite a bit lately. What is it? Is it the same as blue-green algae? Is it dangerous? What are some of the symptoms and treatments? How can we monitor it in our area?

Itch…Then Scratch, and Itch Some More

So, you move here from up north so are probably familiar with Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Sumac. Then you start to learn how to garden in Southwest Florida. And then the itching starts again. Maybe there is no poison ivy in sight so where does it come from?

Taking Care of Your Diabetes

As described in the last article, all body cells need a steady supply of glucose. How can you open that cell membrane and allow nutrients to enter the cell and decrease the level of glucose in your blood?
The first answer often is to take medicine or insulin. This is not the whole answer and many times not even part of it.

What is Diabetes

At the most elementary level diabetes is simply thick blood. How is that you ask? To begin to answer this question we will start with an explanation of what is insulin and what part does it play in your body.

Be Aware of Heat Stroke

When the body is getting overheated the first signs you see are muscle cramps and weakness, exhaustion and heavy sweating.
Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees (105 for children) and sweating stops. This means ;your body has lost the ability to control your temperature. Mental changes start to occur such as confusion,disorientation, and agitation.

What Do You Do After You Have Been Stung or Bitten?

Most reactions to insect bites or stings are mild. They can cause minor swelling, stinging, redness or itching. Sometimes, however, they can cause severe reactions such as a sting from a wasp, hornet, fire ant, or scorpion. Some insect bites or stings can cause diseases such as Bacterial Meningitis, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.