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Children & warts

Children are often plagued with warts.

Folklore attributes warts to touching frogs or toads. This is a myth. Warts are transferred through skin to skin contact. Don’t worry when your kid gets a wart, they are extremely common & over 75% of children develop them at some point in their childhood.

 

Here are the facts on warts that every parent should know.feet

They can affect people at any age, but are most common among children.

They  are most prevalent in children between the ages of 12 and 16.

They thrive in a warm moist environment such as showers, bathrooms, around swimming pools.

They are extremely contagious, but are typically harmless.

They can go away on their own but some warts usually require cryotherapy to remove them as they penetrate deep into the skin. 

 

While medically harmless, warts can be uncomfortable and can cause some embarrassment. Warts are easily treated and so there is no need to worry that you will  be suck with it for life.

As a parent, it’s important to that you & your kids know to to prevent warts and that they don’t pick or scratch them. This may cause the virus to spread, making it more difficult to treat. 

 

“Use Wartner; an at home cryotherpay device to get rid of those pesky warts! It is child friendly & has proven to effectively rid families of warts”

 

References: 

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/warts-on-children?page=3

Common Household Germs

One should never want a completely micro-organism free home environment, as there are many beneficial and vital micro-organisms that share our living and breathing space.

The harmful ones, which we all know as germs, include fungi, bacteria and viruses, These need to be viciously and constantly eradicated, as they cause disease.

Germ experts say that you should focus on the “germ hot-spots” in your home. These include chopping boards, sponges and cleaning cloths.

 

Just two of these germs that can be found on these surfaces will make your hair stand on end. They are:

 

The Novovirus

movo virusThe dreaded “Norovirus” – This is more commonly known as the “Winter Vomiting Bug”. This is a hugely contagious virus and is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans. This is also caused by dirty hands (after visiting the loo), and can spread like wildfire, as the virus can be airborne. The virus affects around 267 million people and causes over 200,000 deaths each year.

 

 

Ecoli

ecoli virusEcoli 0157 – this is a more dangerous strain of the more common e.coli bacterium. It can cause severe intestinal illness, and infection may lead to hemorrhagic diarrhea, and in extreme cases, even kidney failure. The illness can last up to 10 days.

 

 

 

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It is therefore vital to keep surfaces and hands ultra-clean by disinfecting often. Did you know that TCP can be used as a surface disinfectant, amongst its host of other uses? Just spray some diluted TCP on the surface and wipe down. Also keep an eye out for a soon-to-come new addition to this iconic and trusted brand which should help keep those hands extra clean.

 

References

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/homehygiene/Pages/common-household-germs.aspx

The difference between head lice and scabies:

Lice and scabies are parasites living and feeding off human skin and blood.


Lice

LiceLice live on the scalp, as everyone knows, and likes playing hide and seek between the hair roots. Luckily (and unluckily) the give themselves away by biting and drinking blood, making the scalp itch, giving us the opportunity to declare lice war and get rid of them chop-chop with your friendly neighbourhood helper, Paranix. You don’t have to resort to pesticides.


 

Scabies

scabiesScabies, on the other hand, are microscopic little mites, which lives on the skin of the body. In most cases, scabies develops only after close and prolonged contact with an infected person, but it can also be transmitted by sharing clothing (they hide in the seams), towels and bedding. Scabies can live in bedding for 24 hours or even more! Severe itching is the primary symptom. This is caused by the female mite, which burrows into the skin, lays her egges and produces toxins that cause allergic reactions, which causes this maddening itch. Small red bumps can then form on the skin.

 

 References: 

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/skin-conditions-lice-scabies?page=2