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1. Make sure doors and windows have tight fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
2. Use mosquito repellants on exposed skin whenever you are in an area where mosquitoes may be present. Repellants provide extra protection individuals need when exposed to mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects.
3. Eliminate standing water, including clogged gutters, pool covers, empty wheelbarrows, and pools of water anywhere in the yard. Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated. Be sure to remove used tires, which are a common haven for mosquito breeding.
4. Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.
5. Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks and closed shoes.
6. Encourage local officials to treat small ponds with larvacide and consider stocking larger ponds with larva eating fish as additional control.
7. Ensure that organizers of summertime activities for youth and the elderly - such as summer camps, park and recreation centers, and senior centers are proactively using pest control strategies and products.
8. Beware of the times mosquitoes are most active; typically at dusk and dawn, April through October, and avoid prime mosquito locations including marshes and wetlands.
9. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use keep covered.
10. Learn more about your community's mosquito control program. Ensure that local community leaders are giving protection to the public through integrated mosquito management programs.
West Nile Virus is a real threat and you can make smart choices to protect yourself and others around you. If you feel that you are having West Nile Virus Symptoms, please come into River Oaks Emergency Center to be tested immediately.
For more information on West Nile Virus, please visit the Center for Disease Control online.
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Time is critical when experiencing the signs of a heart attack. As this video from the American Heart Association explains, you must take immediate action to seek emergency care when the following symptoms occur.
Upon the onset of a heart attack, many people have chest discomfort. They may feel a persistent squeezing or dull ache in the chest cavity, or they may have periodic episodes of chest pain. Heart attack victims may likewise experience pain in the upper body areas such as the arms, neck, or jaw. Many individuals also have shortness of breath, nausea, or dizziness. Whether you have one or several of these symptoms, it is crucial that you call 911 for immediate emergency room assistance. The sooner a healthcare provider can attend to your condition, the better your chances of survival and recovery.
If you are suffering from a heart attack or other life-threatening circumstance, River Oaks Emergency Center can provide emergency care. To learn more about our emergency center services in Houston, please call (713) 526-2320.
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When a person’s immune system senses a dangerous foreign body, it initiates certain defense mechanisms to attack and remove it. However, some individuals may experience hypersensitive reactions to essentially harmless substances. These allergic reactions can be triggered by anything, including pollen, dust, pet dander, bug bites, certain medications, and food. Though more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, most individuals will have reactions that are mild and can be treated without emergency care. The best way of dealing with potential allergic reactions is to avoid known triggers.
In extreme cases allergic reactions can be so severe that they require emergency care. In the event of an allergic episode that triggers any of the following symptoms, seek immediate emergency room assistance.
Skin Irritation: Some allergic reactions manifest as hives or redness of the skin. However, if these symptoms do not lessen over time, or you experience severe swelling, blistering, crusting, or skin eruptions, contact an emergency center for help.
Difficulty Breathing: Difficulties with breathing should never be taken lightly. Some allergic reactions induce airway constriction, which can quickly develop into a life-threatening situation. If you begin wheezing or coughing, or if you feel chest tightness that inhibits inhalation and exhalation, call 911.
Gastric Issues: Food allergens can often provoke serious digestive issues in those with existing autoimmune conditions. Though any food can potentially produce an allergic reaction, the most common offenders are milk, eggs, soy, wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, and fish. If after ingesting a particular food, you experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or bloody bowel movements, consult an ER physician for treatment.
Anaphylaxis: Some individuals who have an immediate and severe allergic reaction may go into anaphylactic shock. This occurs with a sudden drop in blood pressure, which prevents the organs from receiving enough blood to properly function. Common signs of anaphylaxis include a pale complexion, sweaty skin, shortness of breath, confusion, anxiety, and unconsciousness. If left untreated, a person suffering from anaphylactic shock can die; therefore, seek immediate emergency care upon noticing the first signs of this condition.
River Oaks Emergency Center offers comprehensive allergy treatments for patients in the greater Houston, Texas region. To learn more about our emergency room services, please call (713) 526-2320.