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How To Identify Different Types Of Ticks: A Beginner’s Guide

As the warm weather approaches and activities such as hiking become more inviting, many people will flock to wooded areas to enjoy the best Mother Nature has to offer. Research shows that being in nature is a great way to combat stress and improve overall levels of health – however, there are some risks associated with being in the great outdoors. One particular risk is getting bit by a tick.

A tick bite is no ordinary bug bite. This is because of the diseases ticks can carry. One such disease is Lyme disease, which, if left untreated, can lead to chronic health issues. Diseased ticks can also carry other types of infections such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Bourbon virus, Colorado tick fever, Heartland virus, Rocky mountain spotted fever, and Tularemia.

Ticks are small arachnids that thrive in wooded areas, grasslands, and forests. Their survival relies on their ability to find a host and feed on its blood. There are many different species of ticks that can be found in North America. Some exclusively feed on wild animals, but there are some that will latch onto a human to get their meal. Those types of ticks are the ones you’ll need to watch out for while you’re out enjoying the fresh air. But how can you spot a tick? And how do you know which ones pose the most danger? Read on for our beginner’s guide to how to identify different types of ticks. 

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How To Spot Dangerous Mold And When To See A Doctor If You Think You’ve Been Exposed

There are several different types of mold that can grow in your home. Some are completely harmless. “Innocent” mold – the type that won’t cause toxic effects – will be a nuisance in the sense that it can cause discoloration of walls and has a musty smell. Over time, however, this type of mold can pose a threat to the structure of a building and lead to some expensive repairs. It can also affect your health, but primarily in minimal ways, like triggering allergies.

While innocent mold can be an annoyance, toxic mold can be actively detrimental to your health – and can even cause serious issues if it is not addressed quickly. But the problem with mold is that it can be hard to determine what type you’re dealing with, or whether there is even mold at all, since it can easily grow within the walls of your home and thus can’t be seen until a wall is removed or the smell becomes overbearing.

This dangerous mold is the type that needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Read on to find out how to spot dangerous mold, what to do about it, and when you might need to see your doctor.

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Is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) The Same As Mastocytosis?

Those who have severe allergies know all too well just how scary it can be to experience the symptoms of anaphylaxis. People at risk of this are constantly aware of their surroundings because just one thing can set off an attack. Although there are treatment options available for those who have both mild and severe allergies, it can still put a strain on daily living.

In some cases, anaphylaxis can happen to a person without them having an allergy at all. This type of condition is driven by the overaction of mast cells within the body. Mast cells are immune cells that release a substance called a mediator, which induces inflammation to help the body heal from an injury or infection. This condition is known as mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). But what is MCAS, exactly? And is MCAS the same as mastocytosis?

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What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & What Causes It?

It’s normal to feel tired, especially with the high-demand lifestyles many people lead today. However, feeling generally fatigued because of a lack of sleep, being overworked, or not getting enough exercise is all typically normal. It’s when that fatigue becomes inescapable that it can be a real problem. When a person feels extreme fatigue that does not cease regardless of how much rest one gets, and it isn’t attributed to an underlying health condition, it is referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

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What’s The Difference Between Lyme Arthritis and Osteoarthritis?

Lyme disease can affect the body in many ways. The initial infection typically involves symptoms such as a bulls-eye rash at the bite site, fatigue, muscle aches, and fever. Other symptoms that may also occur include headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and joint pain and swelling. These can appear at any time following the transmission of the bacterial infection; however, the typical onset is between one and two weeks after the initial bite.

Some people with Lyme disease may not experience the symptoms early on, or may mistake them for other ailments such as a cold or flu. When this happens, the Lyme disease goes untreated, which can lead to more serious health complications. One such complication is Lyme arthritis. But what is Lyme arthritis, exactly? And what’s the difference between Lyme arthritis and osteoarthritis?

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