THE BACK TO SCHOOL CREEPY CRAWLIES

Lice, scabies, and pinworms – here’s what you need to know!

Summer holidays are coming to an end, and like a certain popular commercial, some parents may be jumping for joy! As parents load up the shopping carts piled high with binders, jeans, lunch bags, and two pairs of runners – they’re not even thinking about the ‘other’ expenditures that back to school entails.

The fact is, that besides coming home with fridge art, most children will come home from school this year with head lice! If you’re not feeling your head crawling yet, here’s some data to consider from the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS; Feb. 2018):

‘Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are a persistent and easily communicable cause of infestations, particularly in school-aged children [1][2]. Unlike body lice, head lice are not a primary health hazard, a sign of poor hygiene or a vector for disease [3][4], but they are a common societal problem [2] and relatively expensive to treat. The annual cost of treating head lice in the United States is estimated to be at least US$500 million [5].’

Pests are expensive & can be a health hazard

Head lice infections are not only expensive, they’re complicated to eradicate and parents need to be wary of the extremely toxic chemicals in the popular over the counter treatments. These treatments are categorized as insecticides.

For example, from the CPS site, they say the following:

‘Both pyrethrins and permethrin have minimal percutaneous absorption and favourable safety profiles [9]. To minimize exposure elsewhere on the body to a topical insecticide, do not sit a child in the bath to rinse hair. Instead, protect the skin with towels and rinse well, using cool water.’

If you have treatments still hanging around from previous years, check the ingredients carefully! Prior to these new lice treatments, Lindane had been approved for use previously, however, DO NOT continue to use it if it’s still in your bathroom cupboard!

Lice are getting tougher to control

Read further (CPS):

‘Lindane is no longer considered acceptable therapy for head lice because of the potential risks for neurotoxicity and bone marrow suppression following percutaneous absorption [8][17]. The Food and Drug Administration in the USA has issued periodic advisories concerning the use of lindane- containing products for the treatment of lice and scabies. Neurological side effects have been reported in people who used lindane correctly, although the most serious outcomes, including death and hospitalizations, occurred after multiple applications or oral ingestion.’

Yikes! How many of us have already been exposed to Lindane? I hope none of you need to deal with this issue, but it’s good to know that homoeopathy provides safe, effective and quick treatment for lice, scabies, pinworms, parasites and a host of other creepy, crawly things that you and your family may become exposed to as kids head back to the classroom.

A safe and gentle alternative

There are a variety of extremely effective homoeopathic remedies and treatments available. Your treatment plan will depend on a variety of indicators, including personal history and health status before any treatment is offered. This plan is always tailored specifically to you and/or your family’s needs.

Homoeopathic Medicines such as Staphysagria and Apis Mel may be indicated in treating cases of lice.

It’s a relief to know that you can send the kids off on their first day of school – worry free – because there are options to prevent and/or treat all of these highly contagious childhood illnesses and crawly ‘nuisances’ safely and effectively.

Always consult with a professional homeopathic practitioner before using any Homoeopathic Medicines. Dr. Kumar Belgaumkar, DMS, HD is Homoeopathic Practitioner and is a member of the Manitoba Homeopathic Association. He’s been practicing for 17 years in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For more information how how homoeopathy can help you, please contact him at The Winnipeg Homoeopathic Clinic or call: (204) 799-2962 or email: [email protected]

This article is for information purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition.*

IT BITES WHEN THE SUN BURNS

As ‘Flatlanders,’ we prairie dwellers have been doing double time to soak up this amazing heat and sunshine. We’re tough Canadians, thriving in our harsh, cold winters, but we often forget that our skin isn’t tough enough to ward off the drastic effects of the piercing summer rays.

There are immeasurable benefits to sunshine, and we shouldn’t totally avoid it. When natural sunlight hits the skin, it triggers the body’s production of vitamin D. This is good for overall health. It can help with mood, sleep, and bone health and skin to name a few. It’s no wonder we want to spend as much time as we can outdoors in summer.

The problem is that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Most of us have experienced that intense, painful affect of overdoing it, with excruciating red, painful skin that feels hot to the touch. Intense, and repeated sunburn also increases permanent skin damage and diseases and takes days to fade and heal.

Medical professionals urge people to use preventative measures to protect their skin in summer. But let’s face it; sun overexposure and sunburns are still happening.

Homeopathy can definitely help, even after symptoms like redness, hot skin, pain, tenderness, headache, fever, nausea and itching have presented. It’s safe, effective and fast-acting.

Here are some of the homeopathic remedies that often lessen, and may even reverse the signs and symptoms of sunburn:

Apis mellifica

This remedy relieves pink, swollen skin with itching, burning pain improved by applying cold compresses.

Cantharis

This remedy relieves blisters from burns or friction.

Urtica urens

When a burn is mild and the primary symptoms are redness and stinging pain, this remedy often brings relief. It is often useful for sunburn when the pain is prickly and stinging.

Belladonna

This relieves red, hot and painful skin from burns or sunburn.

Calendula Ointment*

This remedy has a slight antiseptic action, speeds up the healing of damaged skin, and keeps the skin moisturized.

Always consult with a professional homeopathic practitioner before using any Homoeopathic Medicines. Dr. Kumar Balguamkar, DMS, HD, can help you find a the right remedy, dosage and the perfect combination tailored for you and/or your family’s needs. Make sure you add them to your first aid kit and go enjoy summer to the fullest.

Dr. Kumar Balguamkar, DMS, HD is Homeopathic Practitioner and is a member of the Manitoba Homoeopthic Association. He’s been practicing for 17 years in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For more information, please contact him at (204) 799-2962 or [email protected]

Please visit https://drkumarhomeopathy.com for more information.

This article is for information purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions.