It seems to me that the possibility of an accident is always present, waiting sometimes literally to trip you up. The home, ideally a place of comfort and relaxation is a minefield of traps for the unwary and where most accidents happen.
The danger of standing on a low stool is one that should not be underestimated. Not much can happen to you standing a few feet off the ground, right? In fact, overreaching and overconfidence can be your undoing, leading to a twisted ankle or worse. Best to invest in a reliable non slip stool and watch your step!
The stairs of course are a potential pitfall. Losing your balance at the top can have disastrous results. I have managed to fall upstairs rather than down! Feeling unsteady, I projected myself forwards, hitting my head on the wall, resulting in an impressive black eye.
It was difficult to explain the circumstances, to those kind or curious enough to ask. I had made a split-second decision that it was better to fall forwards rather than backwards. Fortunately, no lasting harm was done to my vision from this experience.
Scalding is a serious matter, as I discovered as a child when I tipped boiling water from the stove, onto my toes. Years later, pouring boiling water into the sink, I failed to remove a soaked t shirt from my skin, quickly enough to prevent scalding. The result was blisters again, the treatment of which, I was this time responsible. Foolishly I rubbed them, resulting not surprisingly, in several bleeding wounds on my stomach.
Feeling the need for outside assistance, I displayed these injuries to a pharmacist and inadvertently to some customers in a queue, to whom I apologised and accepted sympathy. The pharmacist did her best to look for suitable products for treatment, but in the end, I gave up and went to the Minor Injuries Unit.
A measurement was taken of the worst area, which although not huge, qualified as a serious scald, and required precautionary antibiotics, due to the location. Happily, after several trips to the Unit for dressings, all was well and in time the scars faded.
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Allergy to cats: what is it exactly?
Many people claim to be allergic to cats, but the condition is a lot more complicated than that. Let’s look into it.
From a hypersensitivity of our immune system to an allergen, in the case of cats likely to be fel d1 ), produced by the sebaceous glands of the cat and therefore present on skin, hair and dandruff, in the saliva and the pee. As cats clean themselves by licking their coat, many will be found on the hair. The allergen has the particularity of being extremely persistent. In practical terms, it means it can remain in the environment for a long time and induce allergic symptoms even in the absence of close contact with the animal.
In general, there is a genetic predisposition to become allergic. In practice, at a certain point in life, predisposed subjects, the first time they come in contact with the allergen, will tolerate it or develop a reaction in the event of subsequent contact. We know that those who live with cats from birth are usually more likely to maintain a good tolerance to their allergen.
Who is allergic to cats is allergic to all cats (regardless of breed or length of hair) or just advertisement some?
Some habits can increase or decrease the spread of allergens in the environment and thus change the tolerance level. For example, keeping the rooms ventilated where a cat lives helps reduce the allergen presence while brushing the animal often contributes to increasing it because a brushed cat will often lick its coat.
It is not even possible to predict the duration or the intensity of the symptoms. It could even turn out to be a temporary or intermittent allergy and therefore occurs in certain periods and disappears in others. It all depends on the situation of the individual subjects and on the possible changes that could occur in life. In fact, there are factors capable of breaking the immunological tolerance towards an allergen.
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