Use caution, be aware and alert, it is the season for West Nile Virus and for Lyme Disease flare-ups. Also in this catergory is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Use caution in your outdoor activities, but also use caution in how you prepare yourself for the outdoors. Simple recommendations do not work for everyone.
Those who have an immune system disorder, such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) must use care when out doors. Covering up would be a good idea for some, but not others, as SLE is an inflammatory disease, in other words, the hotter the temperature or body heat, the more the likelihood of exacerbation, and the likelihood of the face, arms, legs, etc., going into an inflammatory situation. Long sleeves in hot temperatures can be a trigger. Using even a mild repellant can be destructive for those with SLE (not all, but some), as the body will try to fight it off, and could cause a flare up of the disorder. The immune system fights off new chemicals or anything it thinks will harm the body, even if it is a positive application, like medication an/or even some foods. What is good for one, is not necessarily good for another, depending on disorders and body makeup. Be cognizant of your body.
Asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Addison Disease, Pemphigus, Scleroderma, and many more are other immune system disorders. Each one has its own treatment, and each one reacts to mosquitoes, ticks and bacteria differently. Never try to force your own standards on anyone else. We are all different, and just because it might work for you, doesn’t mean it will for another person.
Be cognizant of your surroundings, this time of year, especially around woods, ponds, streams, lakes, swamps, and areas that encourage mosquitoes and ticks. Which is not to say, don’t have a good time in woods or watery types of environments. Just be attentive and prepared.
I, myself, will not stop going to the lake and its surrounding sanctuaries and reserve. I take care wherever I go.
Lupus Foundation of America
Alliance for Lupus Research
West Nile Virus and Dallas
West Nile Survivor
West Nile Virus Books
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus Toolkit
The West Nile Virus
The CDC and West Nile
The National Science Foundation
West Nile Virus Information
I love Amy Tan’s books, from The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife and others, to The Opposite of Fate, I have read them all.
In her memoir, The Opposite of Fate, Amy Tan speaks about her battle with Lyme disease.
Amy Tan’s Personal Story on Lyme Disease
SLyme Disease by Amy Tan
Lyme Disease-Related Books:
Beginner’s Guide to Lyme Disease
Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections
Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic
American Lyme Disease Foundation
May 6, 2013 – 26 Iyyar, 5773
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