With the Zika Virus concern, there are things we can do to help protect ourselves. There is no doubt that being outside on vacation we are going to encounter insects. That being said, the best way to protect yourself from these pesky creatures is to use bug spray when out and about. Us southern girls have been told our whole lives that Skin So Soft is the best defense against insects. Now there is another solution, Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil with Aloe Vera and vitamin E. It is good for the skin, keeps bugs away and the Aloe and Vitamin E is also good for sunburn. So, don’t forget to pack your Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil.
Now a little about Zika: The CDC has issued an alert for travel to areas where Zika virus is spreading. Travelers who are pregnant or considering pregnancy should consult a doctor.
There is no need to panic because Zika is very rare with less than 1,000 US cases per year. Only your Dr. can diagnose Zika with lab tests. Zika spreads through insects. In most cases, there are no symptoms. In a few cases, Zika can cause paralysis (Guillain-Barré Syndrome). Pregnant women should be especially careful as Zika has proven to cause birth defects.
Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. There’s no vaccine or treatment. If you are diagnosed, you should rest, drink lots of water, and take acetaminophen for fever and pain. Do not take Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Zika spreads
by animal or insect bites or stings.
According to DHEC, there has only been one reported case of Zika in South Carolina at this time and that was because the person had traveled to a location where Zika is spreading. According to DHEC there is no risk to public health
These helpful hints are just that. Always check with your Dr. for medical advise.