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What Is Chikungunya?
A few years ago, news about a mosquito-borne disease spread like wildfire. It got people worried, especially parents who have been shaken by the dangers that dengue has caused their children.
Chikungunya, actually pronounced as ‘chick-en-goon-yah,’ has apparently been identified in Central and South America in 2006. That time, though, the people who contracted the disease all got it exclusively from the Central and South Americas. Last 2014, the first case of Chikungunya was identified in Florida.
Chikungunya is a virus that is carried by mosquitoes which causes symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, rashes, and severe joint pain. The virus has an incubation period of within two to seven days, which means that the symptoms appear within this time frame after being bitten by the mosquito.
According to Dr. Stanley Perlman, who is among the world’s leading infectious disease specialists, says that he anticipated the emergence of this disease in the United States. This is because the pathogen is transmitted by two types of mosquitoes – Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. He often calls this disease ‘breaking bone’ because the joint pain that an individual experience is excruciating and feels like the bones are breaking.
When Chikungunya hit Florida, parents got really worried and panicked when they heard about this weird-sounding disease. They thought it was some kind of mental illness or a type of terminal condition. They thought of how much therapy would cost them to cure their kids from this disease. They would have known more about mental illnesses if they had checked out this link.
How Can I Be Sure It’s Not Zika or Dengue?
It can be difficult to determine just by looking whether what you have is Chikungunya or dengue or Zika, because the latter two are also both caused by a mosquito bite and some symptoms present similarly with Chikungunya.
Let us clearly differentiate their main symptoms to be able to see the similarities and differences between these three mosquito-borne diseases.
Chikungunya main symptoms:
- High fever of abrupt onset
- Severe joint pain particularly in the hands, wrists, ankles, and feet
There is no cure for this disease but most people do recover completely. However, there is a residual joint pain for about two weeks. In some cases, though, it may persist for three years in the chronic phase of the disease.
Chikungunya is almost always never life-threatening. However, the virus itself may cause potential danger to babies, older individuals and those with pre-existing illnesses.
Zika virus disease main symptoms:
- Low-grade fever
- Skin maculopapular rash, initially on the face then spreads throughout the body
- Mild joint pain
- Red eyes
Like Chikungunya, the Zika virus disease is not usually fatal. However, it is closely related to Guillain Barre Syndrome and can be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her fetus.
Dengue fever main symptoms:
- Fever of sudden onset
- Excruciating headache and muscle pain
- Mild to moderate joint pain
- Low appetite
Individuals with a low immune system and those who have had a previous dengue infection are prone to developing hemorrhagic fever, a condition that may lead to substantial bleeding, shock and ultimately death, a phenomenon known as dengue shock syndrome.
Should I be Worried If I have Chikungunya?
With the symptoms mentioned above, it is safe to assume that Chikungunya is not a life-threatening disease and deaths are very rare. However, it would be wise for individuals who are currently sick or with lowered immune systems to avoid traveling to regions where there are apparent outbreaks.
Children and even adults are advised to stay indoors during the late afternoons when most of the mosquitoes are present outdoors. Screen your doors and windows and if possible, turn on the air conditioner. If you have to go outside, wear long sleeves and jeans, not shorts. You can also apply mosquito repellents just to be safe.…
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Depression is a mental illness that affects us down to our core. When you are constantly moving from place to place and sometimes experiencing situations that are less than desirable, it can be easy to get depressed. It can also be easy to get stuck in that rut and to think that you will never be able to receive the help that you need. If you find yourself becoming depressed, look at some of the methods below that will help you battle your depression naturally.…
A first-aid kit is essential to anyone who loves to travel. You will never know when you may find yourself sick, injured, or dealing with a serious condition. If you are a transient and you understand the importance of having a first-aid kit, take a look at what you should be carrying in your first-aid kit below.…
For those of you who like to sleep under the starry sky at night, you may find yourself dealing with a cold at any moment. However, it can be difficult to differentiate between a cold and something much more sinister, especially if the symptoms have remained the same since you became sick. If you’ve been dealing with a cold for far too long and are worried that you may have something worse, take a look at some of the signs:…
Even if you brush your teeth, floss, and rinse daily, it is still possible that your oral care routine is not enough. When you’re a transient, this can be especially difficult since getting help for your oral health isn’t always necessarily possible. One moment, you may have the best pearly whites in the world and the next, you are dealing with aggressive gingivitis. Here are some tips on how to best care for your teeth and how to keep an eye on your overall oral health.
- Brush at Least Twice a Day
When you lead a transient lifestyle, it can be easier for you to catch illnesses and develop infections that are easily curable for others. Among the infections that you will probably deal with in your lifetime is toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful. If you are suffering from a fungal infection in your toes, learn more about toenail fungus and how you can deal with it below.
How Does One Get Toenail Fungus?
The type of fungus that affects your nails and other parts of your body thrives in dark, warm, and moist environments. Fungi that have been left by others in places such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and public showers can easily be transferred to you when you walk barefoot across these surfaces. You can also get toenail fungus by wearing tight shoes that trap moisture in or by sharing nail care products with someone who has a fungal infection and who hasn’t sterilized their tools.
What Can I Do About My Toenail Fungus?
You can either purchase a toenail fungus medication from the drugstore (which is mainly preventative and has a tendency not to work once the infection has reached its later stages) or you could try using natural remedies to deal with the fungus.
Here are some natural remedies that you can try out on your toes:
- Tea tree oil is a powerful oil known for its ability to kill fungus and other bacteria. You can apply a little bit of it to the infected nail daily until the infection goes away. Be careful, however, tea tree oil is strong and shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin. If you’re worried that you may accidentally get some of it on your skin while you are applying it to your nails, mix it with some olive oil beforehand to dilute it.
- Coconut oil works to get rid of the fungus by destroying the wall that protects the fungus from harm. Unlike the oil mentioned above, coconut oil is not harmful if applied to the skin and it is actually used by some as a moisturizer. Use the oil daily on your infected toenail and wash off at least 15-minutes after you apply it.
- Mix mouthwash and vinegar. It may seem unusual but both of the liquids contain chemicals that have antifungal properties. Make a mix that is half mouthwash and half vinegar and place your toes in the mix for about an hour to reap the benefits.
- Urea paste helps dissolve the part of the nail that is infected. However, this will only work if the nail is lifted or is separate from the healthy part of the nail. Also, you will have to use antifungal medication after you have dissolved the nail to prevent it from getting infected again.
- Borax and baking soda work hand in hand to get rid of the fungus and to prevent it from growing back. If you choose to use these two powders, mix them and then add water to create a paste for your toenails. Use the paste at least twice a day until the fungus has disappeared and then keep using it for a couple of weeks afterward to keep the fungal infection from returning.
There will be some fungal infections that will not be curable by medications or natural methods if it has gone too far. If your nail is completely infected or if you are having severe pain because of the fungal infection, you need to visit a doctor to get the medication for the toenail or to have it removed.…