Retirees are living longer healthier lives than ever before and as a result they are traveling both at home and abroad in ever growing numbers. Some seniors continue to camp, fish, and hike well into their eighties, and many go for frequent walks in rural areas or parks. Anyone who enjoys being outside, should take precautions against diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes, but if you’re over sixty, you should be especially cautious. West Nile virus has become a real risk in many areas of the US and Lyme disease cases are on the rise. Both of these diseases and other aliments spread through insect bites and stings pose a greater threat to seniors than to the general population.
West Nile virus is a mosquito transmitted disease that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In most cases, a West Nile infection brings on mild flu-like symptoms, or may cause no symptoms at all. However, particularly among the elderly, it can cause serious neurological diseases like encephalitis or meningitis.
Lyme disease is the most common tick-born illness in North America and Europe. Lyme disease symptoms vary and usually affect more than one system. The skin, joints and nervous system are affected most often. For this reason, Lyme disease is easily misdiagnosed and it has been known to mimic Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, and other aliments that commonly afflict the elderly.
What can you do to keep insects away?
- Apply an herbal mosquito repellent (Bug Stick). Dr. Fedorenko’s True Organic Tick & Mosquito Repellent is a Chemical Free Bug Repellent and is a product of 40 years of research in the field of skin care. Note: According to the National Institute on Aging, older people have thinner skin (that can be irritated by the harsh chemicals in some insect repellents). Scratching irritated skin can cause bleeding that may lead to infection.
- Use structural barriers such as window screens and netting.
- Avoid wooded, brushy, and grassy areas when possible.
- Don’t wear heavily scented soaps and perfumes.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants when possible.
- Tuck pant legs into socks or shoes.
- Get rid of containers with standing water that give mosquitoes a breeding ground. Examples include water in flowerpots and outdoor pet dishes.
Don’t let apprehension keep you from enjoying the activities you love. Contact us for a supply of Dr. Fedorenko’s True Organic Tick & Mosquito Repellent and enjoy the great outdoors without fear.