President's Topics is an accumulation of interesting topics both from the view of the company President and facts gathered from her research.
The truth about OTC drugs
OTC (over the counter) drugs are non-prescription medications for minor ailments not requiring a prescription from your physician.
There are many, many brands of like products for sale that claim they all do the same thing. The truth is, what works for one person may not work for another. The same is true for prescriptions drugs. For instance doctors prescribe blood pressure pills for patients and have them return for follow to see if the pill they prescribed is working. If the patient’s blood pressure is still high they prescribe a different medication and go through the same trial and error until they find the one that works.
Have you ever bought an OTC that claims it helps acid reflux? You get home and use it according to their instructions and you get little or no relief. A couple of weeks later you try a different brand and it worked great.
This is the case with ALL OTC. Unfortunately, you have to use trial and error to determine which OTC’s work best for you.
The truth about anti aging skin care products
There are many skin care products on the market that claim to erase wrinkles. Skin care is a habit that should be adopted as a young girl and continued throughout life. Good, salon quality skin care products should be used.
This does not mean that a good skin care regimen adopted later in life will not do any good…it will. It is never too late to start taking care of your skin.
You should understand what a good skin care regimen is going to do for you at any age. Salon quality skin care products are to be used to correct skin problems such as too dry or too oily skin. Salon quality skin care products should also be used to help smooth fine lines and correct dark spots or dry patches and large pores to name a few. You need to have a realistic approach to the results expected.
There is NO skin care lotion, cream, spray or serum that is going to completely get rid of an extremely saggy neck or severe wrinkles. Only facial cosmetic surgery will do the trick.
The purpose of a skin care regimen is to maintain a healthy complexion and help alleviate skin problems so that your skin stays younger looking longer.
Where do Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Grow?
They Grow almost
Everywhere in the United States
Where it grows is of no particular importance …UNLESS YOU LIVE THERE!
Poison Ivy Only – New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana
Poison Oak Only – California
Poison Ivy and Oak – Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac – Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois
Poison Ivy and Sumac – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont
How Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Grows and its Characteristics
Poison Ivy grows on fence lines and where tree lines break. Poison Ivy needs sun to grow. Poison Ivy has woody stems and grows as a trailing vine, shrub and/or climbing vine on trees. It has three almond shaped leaves and ranges in color from light green to dark green. Poison Ivy turns red in the fall. Poison Ivy is a beautiful vine but nevertheless is considered a weed for obvious reasons. When cut from the vine the sap darkens when it is exposed to air. This sap literally turns black. If touched to a paper towel you will see the black oil absorbed into the paper. This to me screams evil!
Poison Ivy does flower between May and July. The clusters of flowers are located above the leaves. Poison Oak also have three leaves but has a shinier look. Poison Sumac has 5 to seven leaves. All three of the poison leaves contains the same Urushiol Oil which is what causes the rash that itches so badly. All of them grow in the same fashion…along fence lines, trailing vines, shrubs or climbing vines on trees.
Poison Ivy Myths
Poison Ivy Rash spreads from person to person
Fact – Poison Ivy rash Irritation is caused by making contact with the Urushiol contained in Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac. It can only be spread from person to person by transferring the oil to another person. Once the oil has absorbed into the skin it cannot be spread to another person or another part of the body
You can’t get Poison Ivy rash from a dead plant
Fact – The Urushiol Oil from the Poison Ivy Plant can remain active for 1-5 years after the plant is dead
I am immune to Poison Ivy
Fact – Every person on the face of the earth can have a reaction to the Urushiol Oil of the plant. It is all about exposure. A person can react at any time. The more you are exposed the more likely you will eventually react. It is just a matter of time before you get a Poison Ivy rash
You’ll know you’ve been exposed by the next day
Fact – It only takes about 30 minutes for the Urushiol Oil to absorb into your skin. The rash will not develop for some, until about 12 hours to 3 days after exposure while others may take up to 7-10 days before the rash appears
Scratching will spread the rash
Fact – When you are exposed to Poison Ivy, it is difficult to determine all the spots on your body that were exposed. Scratching does not spread the rash after the Urushiol Oil has absorbed into your skin. One spot may start itching today and another spot may not start itching for another day or so. It does not mean you have spread it by scratching, you have simply been exposed in more than one place on your body and it has taken longer for the additional areas to break out
You have to be exposed a lot to get the rash
Fact – It only takes a nano drop amount to get a rash. A very small amount can spread across your skin after exposure by perspiration or physical contact
Bursting the blisters can cause the rash to spread
Fact – Oozing blisters will not cause the rash to spread. But open blisters can become infected and may cause scarring
Dogs Can’t get Poison Ivy
Fact – Dogs fur prevents them from acute exposure however, they can get it on their nose and any areas not protected by their fur. They can spread it to people in contact with their fur that has the Urushiol Oil on it
You can become immune after repeated exposure
Fact – Not true. 90% of all people are allergic to Urushiol Oil and the more you are exposed the more likely you will break out into the rash. It is just a matter of time if you are continually exposed that you will eventually break out and keep breaking out after each exposure
You can only be exposed if the leaf is broken
Fact – The oil is present throughout the plant. The oil literally sits on the leaf especially during peak seasons. Once the oil touches your skin, you are likely to get a rash
All About Chiggers
Where are they found?
Chiggers, also referred to as Red Bugs or Harvest Mites, are found through out the world mainly in hot and humid areas. They are found only in the summer in temperate regions.
A Chiggers cycle is, egg, larva, nymph, adult. Depending on the environment, a Chigger’s cycle lasts 2 months up to 12 months. Females become active in the spring and lay about 15 eggs per day. It takes about 6 days for them to become pre-larva. It takes another 6 days for the pre-larva (who do not bite) to become feeding larva. It is the larva stage in which they gather in groups on bushes and plants where they have access to their hosts (YOU). Chiggers only attach themselves to you in the larva stage.
When you interact with a Chigger
When you come into contact with a Chigger in the larval stage, it attaches itself to you and injects enzymes that dissolves cellular content (YOUR SKIN), and then proceeds to suck up your dissolved skin. One myth is they burrow into your skin, suck blood and lay eggs. This is not true even though they are in the tick family. The larva may stay on your body for 3 to five days unbeknownst to you. Once the larva falls off they become a nymph and are no longer able to feed on anyone. You will be left with a pimple like bump that will itch like the devil. It takes one to two weeks for them to heal on their own. When you apply End-Itch, the itching stops immediately and the red welts will disappear in less than half that time.
After they bite YOU!
Once the larva fall off and become a nymph, they go through three cycles before they become an adult. Nymphs and Adult Chiggers are harmless to humans. The Adults feed on arthropods (crustaceans, insects and centipedes), and their eggs. They also feed on plants.
All About Ants
Where did they come from and where are they now?
The Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) was brought into the United States in Mobile, Alabama in shipping crates from South America. This accidental importation has infested 260 million acres of land in several southeastern states including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. RIFA have been seen in Arizona and parts of Californa, and have the potential to spread up to Washington State. Australia, Philippines, China and Taiwan have also received accidental imports of RIFA. There are well over 200 species of ants throughout the world. RIFA have managed to make some of the other ant species extinct along with some toads in the states where fire ants are abundant. The RIFA caused the toads extinction by depleting the toads source of food….the red ant.
The Queens land on cars, trucks and trains and are transpoted to other states in nursery plants. The Queen’s main role is reproduction. The life span of a Queen is up to 7 years and they can produce as many as 9 million eggs during their lifetime. Virgin Queens and young male Drones have wings, but rip them off after mating. The Drone dies after mating with the Queen.
RIFA have caused billions of dollars spent on control, damage and medical treatment. In addition, they are responsible for $750 million in veterinarian bills, loss of livestock and crop loss. Out of 40 million people who live in these infested areas 30 to 60% are stung each year. Tawain is seriously affected by RIFA and Australia has spent $175 million trying to eradicate the pest. They were successful in one area eradicating 99%, but then a few years later discovered multiple sites in another area.
When you interact with a Fire Ant
When you get stung by a Fire Ant, you are being injected with their venom and bitten at the same time. The sting feels like a burn (hence Fire Ant). If you are allergic to their venom you may have an anaphylaxis attack and require emergency help. The itching starts immediately and the site will become red and swollen. Depending on your sensitivity will determine the amount of swelling. The red swelling will turn into a white pustule, usually the next day or so. If scratched it could become infected and cause scarring. If left alone the bite will usually disappear in a few days. If you are bitten multiple times and the swelling is significant, this can cause great discomfort and itching. Apply End-Itch as soon as you are stung and the itching will cease immediately. If you are especially sensitive you may need to apply End-itch twice. In most cases when End-Itch is applied, the white pustules will not appear and your bite will go away quicker.
All About Eczema
What is Eczema?
Eczema, also known as A-topic Dermatitis, is an inflammation of the skin that can become red, scaly and possibly infected from scratching. Eczema can crop up on any part of the body, but is most often seen on the hands, feet, inside the elbow, behind the knees, face and eyelids, neck and wrists.
The skin is thickened, scaly, raw and sensitive from scratching, it crops up in patches on the skin. Sometimes it presents itself as small bumps that may leak fluid and once scratched it crusts over similar to Poison Ivy rash. Scratching can make it more itchy and then cause more inflammation. When this continues the broken skin can become infected. This is why it is very important to choose a product that works for you to prevent this itch scratch cycle. You can easily get Staphylococcus aureus from continually scratching and creating broken skin allowing the bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Eczema is not usually present 100 percent of the time on your body. It comes and goes or just has periods of less severity.
Eczema usually begins before the age of 5 and persists to adulthood. The cause is not known. It is believed that a malfunction in the body’s immune system along with just plain ole dry sensitive skin, genetics and a connection to asthma and hay fever play a part in the development of Eczema. It is also believed that stress may worsen the disease, but does not cause it.
What not to do
Be sure to keep your skin moist and not let it dry out too badly. Don’t take hot baths. Try to keep your bathing time at 20 minutes or less and use warm water. As mentioned, stress can contribute to it’s worsening. Smoking can make it worse. Food allergies could also make it worse for example dairy, fish and wheat or soy. Some fabrics are irritating to the dry patches such as wool. Avoid low humidity and quick temperature changes.
See a doctor if
You think it has become infected
It becomes too painful
You can’t sleep at night
You become so self conscious it interferes with your daily routines