As the gardening season kicks off, there is one thing families don’t always think about. Have you taken precautions to keep your mom safe in her yard this summer? If you haven’t considered some of the insects in her area that spread disease, you need to.
Biting flies like black flies, deer flies, and horse flies are more than painful. The bites can become infected. If your mom is bitten by these flies, she should stop and rub the bite with alcohol to kill any germs. If the bite forms an itchy welt, she needs to avoid scratching it.
It’s hard to keep these flies away. They can travel. An insect repellent can help keep them from landing on and biting your mom.
-West Nile virus is becoming more common throughout the U.S. Most people who contract West Nile virus from a mosquito develop a fever, headache, and lack of energy. It’s one type of mosquito-borne disease that can also cause meningitis, swelling of the brain.
-Several forms of mosquito-borne encephalitis occur in the U.S. They include Eastern Equine, Japanese, LaCross, and St. Louis. Encephalitis is a disease where the lining of the brain and spinal cord can become inflamed and swell. Zika virus is possible. Its symptoms include muscle pain, fever, and joint pain.
-Mosquitoes breed in watery environments. Clean leaves from gutters and remove the chances of having standing water in pots, buckets, and puddles.
-Ticks transfer from grass to clothing or skin. They may also come inside on the family dog. Once on a human, they’ll head for an area like a grain, armpit, behind the ears, or on the back of the neck and embed their head to fill up on blood.
-Ticks carry a host of diseases. Lyme disease is one of the most prevalent. While it was once found just in New England, it’s spread to throughout the northeastern U.S, upper Midwest, and West Coast. Other common diseases from ticks that are found in different areas of the U.S. are Powassan diseases, tick fevers, Borrelia infections, and Ehrlichiosis.
-Keep your mom’s lawn mowed. If she has outdoor pets, she should make sure they’re treated with a flea and tick medication. Before they come inside, they should be combed with a flea comb outside to keep any ticks from getting inside the home. When she’s been outside, she should check herself over, take a warm soapy shower, and change her clothes.
If your mom’s health is affected by any of these diseases, she may need help during her treatments. Lyme disease can lead to joint pain, fever, and headaches. Make sure she has the support she needs by arranging home care. She may not always need a caregiver, but home care ensures she has help while she’s resting and following doctor’s orders.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care in Berwyn, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.