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  • Zika Scare

    There's a lot of hype around the Zika Virus, and just like when everyone was panicking over Ebola last year, there'a a lot of media exaggeration, social rumor, and misinformation out there.

    What is Zika? Zika virus disease exhibits symptoms including fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

    Is it dangerous? Yes. Primarily in that it causes serious risk to unborn children, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

    How do you avoid Zika Virus? Both the CDC and WHO recommend EPA approved insect repellents to repel mosquitoes as they are the main carrier of the disease.

    Other point for Zika prevention from the CDC:

    • No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease (Zika).
    • Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites (see below).
    • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
    • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

    When traveling to countries where Zika virus or other viruses spread by mosquitoes are found, take the following steps:

    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
    • Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
    • insectrepellents-animatedUse Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
      • Always follow the product label instructions
      • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
      • Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
      • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen before applying insect repellent.
    • If you have a baby or child:
      • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
      • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs, or
      • Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
      • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
      • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
    • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
      • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
      • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
      • Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

     Interesting related readingWhat is DEET? Is it Safe?World Mosquito DayThe Best Way to Stop Bug Bites according to Consumer ReportsChoose Your Cover,

  • Are Natural Sunscreens and Insect Repellents Effective?

    We get asked all the time... Are your Natural Sunscreens as effective as the chemical ones? Are your Natural Insect Repellents Really Effective?

    Yes.

    How do we know? We test them ourselves.

    Los Guachimontones is a prehispanic archaeological site near the Mexican town of Teuchitlán in the state of Jalisco about an hour west of Guadalajara. Los Guachimontones is a prehispanic archaeological site near the Mexican town of Teuchitlán in the state of Jalisco about an hour west of Guadalajara.

    We've gone to the Center of Mexico to ancient Guachimontones and to Dry Colima, Mexico... we've hiked Kalalau on the N? Pali Coast of Kauai (one of the 10 most dangerous hikes in America - and certainly one of the most beautiful!) and we've taken eco-tours in Wetlands along the California Coast testing these

    The Kalalau Trail is a trail along N? Pali Coast of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. The trail is very strenuous and runs approximately 11 miles along the island's north shore from Ke?e Beach to the Kalalau Valley. The Kalalau Trail is a trail along N? Pali Coast of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. The trail is very strenuous and runs approximately 11 miles along the island's north shore from Ke?e Beach to the Kalalau Valley.

    products. We set out on these adventures with different parts of our bodies protected with different products we carry, or new products we are considering offering. If they work, you'll fund them on FirstAidMart.com, if not, not. (This is only part of the fun we have - our Company Surfers test all our bandages, too - they may look silly out in the waves with a dozen bandages on each arm and leg, but we know these products will stick and stay stuck before we offer them to our customers!) The Natural Insect Repellants really do work. The Natural Sunscreens Really work. The combined Natural Sunscreen and Insect Repellant really does both - in fact, it is our favorite outdoor product!

    Kalalau

    The SmartShield Towelette contains a very soft towel saturated with our SPF 30 sun protection liquid. This liquid is waterproof an....
    OOPS - Mom didn't wipe the SmartShield towelette with natural sunscreen and insect repellent evenly - OUCH OOPS - Mom didn't wipe the SmartShield towelette with natural sunscreen and insect repellent evenly - OUCH

    We've even had some "Accidental proof of the efficacy of these products... how about giving your Mom a SmartShield Towelette (these contain a very soft towel saturated with our SPF 30 sun protection liquid. This liquid is waterproof and sweat proof. It also contains all natural insect repellent ingredients - Cedar Essence and Lemongrass.) but not telling her just how strong the sunscreen is? OOPS - Mom, you need to be sure you wipe thoroughly and carefully in overlapping strokes like when you vacuum - otherwise, you might get some funny stripes!

    Now don't get us wrong - we think DEET is a great insect repellant (yes, you can spell it repellant or repellent both are correct.) too - we just wanted you to know that the Natural Sun & Insect Protection products really do work - we know because we test them, use them, love them, or we won't sell them!

    First Aid Mart Surfer Chad testing our bandages before we sell them - Yeah, his work sucks. First Aid Mart Surfer Chad Balash testing our bandages before we sell them - Yeah, his work sucks.
    Snorkel Testing our Bandages - THEY STICK! Snorkel Testing our Bandages - THEY STICK!

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