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What is a tick?

  Care Plus     29-05-2018     Comments (0)

What is a tick? A tick is a small arthropod parasite that looks a bit like a spider. The parasite is almost invisible to the naked eye. They are invertebrate, have legs with joints and an external skeleton. There are around 800 identified types of ticks. Here we make a distinction between hard and soft sign. Hard signs have a shield and are most common in the world: there are about 650 different types of hard signs and 170 soft signs. Draw life in different nature areas: from meadows with high grass to densely grown forests. They are also active in gardens and parks. The parasite feeds on animal and human blood and can thus develop and reproduce. The creature does this by nesting itself in the skin of a human being or an animal. The tick has three life stages: it is born as a larva, then grows into a nymph and is finally an adult tick. At these stages the tick continuously searches for new 'hosts', people and animals. When the tick has continuous access to enough blood, it can stay alive for an average of two years. There are even known cases of ticks that have become no less than three years old. How do I recognize a tick? You recognize a tick in the first instance as a kind of spider that is barely visible with the naked eye. The tick is easier to recognize when the creature has sucked with blood. At that stage, the tick is at its largest. Many people think that ticks fall from trees and bushes. Nothing is less true: do not jump and never fall. They can crawl as the best. When you walk through high grass, it is therefore only possible to see one or more spiders running on your leg. Chances are that this is the tick. How do I recognize a tick bite? A tick bite can be recognized by a bump where the tick has nestled. In many cases there is a red circle around the tick bite. How this whole looks depends on the stage in which the tick is located. It also depends on how long it is already bitten in your skin. You hardly recognize a tick bite of a larva: the larva...

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The ultimate package guide for an carefree festival weekend

  Care Plus     02-03-2018     Comments (0)

The ultimate package guide for an carefree festival weekend Good music, good company and nothing to worry about: we are in the middle of the festival season. With epic festivals like Sziget and Lowlands still ahead, it is important that you go well prepared. Put these 9 products in your backpack, and you can go all weekend without coming home with unpleasant ailments. SOUVENIRS Nice pictures or an arm full of festival bracelets are great ways to keep festival memories alive. Insect bites however, are not. Always use Anti Insect Spray, which works for six hours, and helps against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects. If you have not paid attention and have fallen prey to a tick (like a whole number of guests at Rock Werchter this summer), the Tick Remover offers a solution. FRESHNESS Festivals are an attack on your body hygiene: all that dancing in the warm sun does not make you feel any fresher. That combined with flying beer and sleeping in a sweltering tent on a meadow, will sometimes lead to a smell here and there. Giving your clothes a short hand wash is not a bad idea at all, although you do not want to contaminate the lawn with chemicals. Think of the cows, use a biodegradable soap! This keeps the lawn green and healthy. Saves also in the luggage, that is because this soap is also suitable for the skin and hair. With the amount of food trucks that sell delicious snacks, it is difficult to hold back. With the pro hygiene gel in your bag, you do not have to be afraid of bacteria, because this gel cleans your hands in no time without having to use soap or water. HIGH NEED Are the rows for the toilets too long? Or is it the middle of the night, laying comfortably in your sleeping bag and do you not want to walk to the toilet to empty your bladder? Then the TravelJohn is a godsend. This bag is a portable urinal, suitable for men and women, and can be used up to an absorption capacity of 800 ml. So, go ahead, take a beer. SAVE YOUR FEET Non-stop partying is an intensive job, we understand...

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8 absolute backpack essentisals

  Care Plus     02-03-2018     Comments (0)

8 absolute backpack essentisals You want to go backpacking and you are ready to go: you have made a packing list that states exactly what clothes you are going to wear on your holiday snaps, which shoes you take with you for that hike through the jungle and what else you need to do the backpacking to make the best experience of your life. Of course, you will not forget your camera, world plug and passport! But… did you also think of these eight backpack essentials to get your trip safe and sound?   1. DEET Stinging insects are not only irritating but can also be dangerous. In parts of the world such as South America, Asia and Africa they can carry serious diseases. For example, malaria, dengue or yellow fever. Avoid insects by wearing cover-up and light clothing, do not use perfumes or sweet-smelling lotions, and stay away from stagnant water. To optimally protect yourself; prefer to use an insect repellent during the day that contains 30% to 50% DEET. 2. MOSQUITO NET You want to sleep peacefully at night to end the impressive day, and you want to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Make sure you keep your bedroom closed as much as possible so that the insects cannot enter. Choose a hotel room with a screen for the windows. Keep flies away by hanging plastic bags filled with water in the window frame. Or sleep under an (impregnated) mosquito net or mosquito net! 3. HYDRATION In countries like Egypt or India (where hygiene sometimes leaves something to be desired) you get diarrhea easily or run into food poisoning. If that happens, it is important to take good care of yourself and drink enough to replenish your fluids. Oral Rehydration Salts (O.R.S.) promotes the uptake of water, making you feel better in no time. 4. FIRST AID-KIT Of course, you do not take unnecessary risks during backpacking. Still, an accident like stumbling over your own flip flop happens. In the tropical climate you have a greater chance that your injury will start to ignite, so...

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What is Dengue and how do you get it?

  Care Plus     02-03-2018     Comments (0)

What is Dengue and how do you get it? In the Netherlands, mosquitoes are no more than an annoying side effect: you can not sleep from the itch or the irritating buzz. However abroad, you have to pay extra attention when you hear the soundtrack of the mosquito. Dengue, also known as Dengue fever, is known in large parts of the world. You can get very sick of this.   WHAT IS IT? Dengue is a virus that spreads through the Tiger-mosquito, the same mosquito that also transmits yellow fever and Chikungunya. The mosquito stings especially in the hours after sunrise and just before sunset. Every year 25,000 people die of Dengue worldwide, but the vast majority of infected people only get sick. Everyone is equally susceptible to the disease, but people with reduced resistance (such as the elderly and young children) must pay extra attention. IS THERE A VACCIN OR MEDICINE AGAINST DENGUE? There is no vaccine or medicine against dengue yet. Although research is being done on a drug, it may still take a while before a good vaccine comes on the market. Until then, you should rub yourself with anti-mosquito spray to protect yourself against mosquito bites. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF DENGUE? Symptoms appear after 5 - 8 days after you have been bit by an infected mosquito. These are the most common symptoms: Heavy flu Fever Heavy joint and muscle pain Nausea and vomiting Red skin rash Heavy headache Troubled stomach / stomach pain Travel blogger Erin, from TravelwithBender.com, thought it was the yoga class that made her feel unwell in Bali. The whole class she struggled against the urge to stop. After the lesson she retired to her hotel for a few hours of sleep. She felt a bit better, and even went for a swim. However, when her husband took her temperature in the evening, she turned out to have a fever. That was only the beginning of a hellish week. The next day Erin suffered from her joints; her whole body hurt. At first, she thought it was muscle pain from...

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