August 28th, 2010

Everything You Need to Know about Dengue

Though under-reported Delhi is facing Dengue outbreak. Good monsoon, massive construction and cyclic nature of the disease are the main reasons for the increase in dengue cases. What You Know o Dengue is a viral infection and it needs a vector to spread it, which are mosquitoes. o This mosquito borne disease happens with daytime biting of mosquitoes. o Mosquitoes breed in human made containers having clean water. o There is no direct human- to-human transmission of this infection. o Dengue can happen all round the year. It mainly happens in rainy season because mosquito breeding increases in this weather. What You Don’t o It is possible that pregnant women can pass this virus to

April 20th, 2010

Bug bytes

During summer there is a noticeable increase in instances of insect bites. Insect bites sting but sometimes they cause–blisters, boils and diseases too. Now that kids will be having their summer vacation, there will be lot of outdoor games and activities in the long evenings and insect bite can act as a nuisance. My Health Guardian does a quick-check on the insect types and their stings. Mosquito bites—Normally mosquito bite is no more than an itchy discomfort. Control itchiness with the following–   Wash the area well with water and soap. Cold compress helps many people, so it’s worth a try. Calamine lotion works and so does calendula ointment, which is an excellent

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