Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Help Keeping Mosquitoes At Bay

By Rkinc Douglas Wayne

Taking a walk around your house in the summer time can be a pain. Not only is it hot, but you have to deal with the constant threat from mosquitoes. These annoying insects cause more havoc then good. Let these helpful tips guide you to a yard that is almost mosquito free.

Always keep yellow light bulbs in patio lamps, especially in summer months. Yellow lights should be turned on in the evening and at night, these are the hours that mosquitoes are mainly out prowling. These yellow lights do not attract mosquitoes as much as regular white colored bulbs. Wear dark colored clothes when working in the yard. Mosquitoes don't seem as attracted to them as to lighter colors. This is the same principle as the colored lights. It maybe a little hotter, but it might deter these pesky creatures away.

If you have a pond, water garden, fountain, bird bath or any standing water add some bacillus thurengensis (BT) to the water to kill larvae and aid in mosquito control. This is a completely harmless natural substance that causes no problems for pets, fish, birds or wild life, but can be deadly to all kinds of larvae. This offers excellent protection against the reproduction of mosquitoes. Available in gardening stores around the country. It comes in liquid form and can be sprayed on vegetable gardens and fruit trees. For ponds add a solid form and also add it in solid form to keep your pond and fountain mosquito free all year round. Spray the yard with a mixture of natural pyrethrins and neem oil for mosquito control. This will destroy any mosquito hide outs in standing water.

Burn citronella candles on the patio if you are dining out. These candles secrete citronella oil which helps with mosquito control. Surround the area you are sitting in with a circle of citronella candles for mosquito control and enjoy the evening out.Of course, you can always resort to time tested devices like hanging strips of stinky, sticky mosquito paper or using an insect zapper to emit electrical charge and zap the mosquitoes when they fly into it. Depending on your level of dislike for these critters, you may or may not enjoy the sound of them sizzling on the coils during your dinner as they die. If you use these methods of mosquito control, hang the strips and place the zapper as far away as possible from where you'll be sitting or eating.

If you must use an insect repellent on your skin, try a little neem oil. It's natural, non-toxic and goes a long way toward repelling not only mosquitoes but other small, biting, flying insects.

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