Ringworm Treatment – Fascinating (and Effective?) Home Remedies

Ringworm treatment home remedies, will you use these? If you are one of the estimated twenty percent of our population who is infected with ringworm, chances are you have, at some point, considered using home remedies to treat ringworm.

In my search to find the most effective ringworm treatment that’s available out there, I recently posted a question in Yahoo Answers about home remedies “that actually work,” to find out from real people, like you and me, what cure they would actually recommend. The question drew quite a few answers and these only prompted me to dig deeper into this topic.

After some more research in the internet and asking friends for their ringworm treatment “family secret recipe,” I got a better insight into what folks would consider as fast and effective remedies. Prepare to be fascinated and surprised. All of the ingredients mentioned are ordinary household items some of us would never remotely equate with anti fungal medication.

Oh, yes, before I show you the list, a quick reminder. Ringworm, despite it’s name, is not caused by worms. It is an infection caused by mold-like fungi known as dermatophytes. It is contagious and can be spread through direct skin contact with an infected person, an infected pet, or an infected object or surface. So, if you have an itsy-bitsy spot of ringworm, refrain from scratching it. The fungi will cling to your hands and you’re liable to spread the infection to other parts of your body or worse, to other family members. And about contaminated objects – never share personal items with anyone. Clothes, caps, shoes, brushes, anything can be a carrier of infection. A friend of mine who has a three year old cute little daughter named Tracy, once brought home a bunch of second-hand toys from some garage sale. She thought she made a juicy bargain – the toys were still intact and the battery-operated talking doll actually still talked. To her chagrin, little Tracy had a rash outbreak the very next day, which her pediatrician later diagnosed to be ringworm. Lesson is you can’t see fungi (well except under black light or Wood’s lamp – they glow), so be careful in handling unfamiliar objects.

But enough of this. On to the list. If you want to read more thoroughly about ringworm and ringworm treatment, just got to my site. Please click the link at the bottom of this page.

First home-spun ringworm treatment – use of ordinary kitchen vinegar and a penny. Soak the penny in the vinegar and rub on the affected area. Some even recommend taping the penny to the ringworm spot. Others use vinegar without the penny. The reasoning of those who use the penny-vinegar combo is that the vinegar reacting with the copper actually serves as an effective fungi-killer.

The next home remedy, and this was suggested by a girl named “loveme…” in Yahoo Answers, was to use diluted bleach. Using q tips, you apply the bleach solution to the affected area until it dries out. Some suggested the ratio of one part bleach to six part water as the ideal concoction err…solution. Other people rashly recommend pure bleach for the treatment but a lot of people correctly pointed out that unadulterated bleach from the bottle is a very powerful agent and may contain lye (sodium hydroxide) that can cause severe chemical burns and scarring. Just swim and soak in a chlorinated swimming pool, if you want to get the benefit of bleach in treating skin infections.

Another fascinating folk remedy is the “paper method.” People who use this, burn a crumpled sheet of notebook paper in a porcelain plate, and use the ashes or residue as salve for ringworm treatment. Imagine that.

Still another bizarre home cure is the use of colorless nail polish. Directions: apply a thin layer of nail polish on the affected area. Allow to dry and peel off with tweezers or wash with soap. Those who practice this method believe it “suffocates” the fungi and attest that their infection dried up the next day. Others suggest colored nail polish work just as well as the colorless type.

A guy from Canada vouched for sea salt as the ultimate ringworm treatment. Evidently, this gent worked in an airport and caught the infection from the counter surface he usually leans on at work. The ringworm spread throughout his body, including his face, and the poor bloke suffered for one whole year with it. After repeated (and costly) visits to his doctor, the recommended antifungal creams finally managed to clear out the ringworm in his body but not the lesions in his face. That’s when he discovered the remedy of using sea salt. He rubbed a handful of watery salt into the affected areas in his moistened face for thirty minutes and repeated the process several times. The guy swears his ringworm dried up the very next morning. Sea salt or sea water, that’s the ticket, he said.

Other items mentioned as effective medication are tobacco and Vicks Vapor Rub (suggested by “Rosie” in Yahoo Answers). Of course, a lot of medicinal herbs and plants were cited as effective cure too, but I will discuss these in another essay. Black walnut, grape fruit seed extract, fig leaf juice, and tea tree oil are a few of these natural remedies mentioned.

Would I recommend any of these home-grown ringworm remedies? Not today. It’s the human body we’re talking about here, after all. Caution should be the rule of thumb. There’s no denying that many of these simple home cures actually work – for some people. But each of us has our own peculiar set of physiological traits and allergies, quite different from the next John or Jane Doe. Our bodies, or to be more specific, our skins react differently to different substances. What I’m saying is that the home-spun ringworm treatment that worked for your neighbor might not actually work for you.

If there’s anything that I’d use myself, apart from the usual over-the-counter anti fungal medications, it’s the natural ringworm treatment method. Using plant extracts. Green all the way. One hundred percent natural, one hundred percent organic. Tea tree oil, in particular. Numerous scientific studies have already established the efficacy of tea tree oil in treating ringworm. Powerful antiseptic, peerless anti fungal agent. And because it’s natural – lesser chance of adverse allergic reactions for you. For a discussion about a company that produces natural ringworm treatment products in a modern world-class facility, please visit my site, link shown below.

Or you can always take a one-week vacation and hit the nearest ocean resort (sea salt or sea water, remember?) and have a week of fun, relaxation, and ringworm treatment.

Source by Emmanuel Gonot

Bathing Suits That Make Older Women Look Good on the Beach

With the wide variety of swimsuit styles out in stores today, there is absolutely no reason to compromise and settle for a bathing suit that is less than flattering to a mature woman’s figure. Buying a swimsuit that makes you look good regardless of age and body figure is just about knowing how to choose the right style to flatter your assets.

If you feel self conscious about baring too much skin, then you should buy a one piece bathing suit. There are many styles from the traditional one piece swimsuit to tankinis and dresses. If you are afraid that a single piece swimming suit is too boring, look for one with interesting lines and cutting. Try to avoid wild designs that will draw attention to problem areas, instead, go for simple elegant designs made up of bold contrasting colors and curves that slim your body.

If comfort is a concern for you, then you should look for a bathing suit with a slightly higher neckline and wider shoulder straps. Some of these swimsuits also have a shelf bra built in so accidents don’t happen while you are swimming in the water.

For those of you who are worried about your bottom being out on display, you should choose a suit that has either a skirt bottom or boy shorts styled cutting. These types of suits will help cover your bottom without looking outdated.

If you intend to relax on the beach more than swimming, then you might consider a dress. Swim dresses are very popular especially in Europe. These types of styles suit styles suit all different body types. Petite women should choose a A line style while a flowing style would suit larger figures. For a good example of a swimming dress, you should watch the music video for “Slow” by Kylie Minogue on Youtube. This is an excellent example of a swim dress that flatters and covers while still looking sexy and elegant at the same time.

Source by Kate Minogue

Tattoo Care for a Foot Tattoo

Regardless of whether your new body art is an arm, back, or foot tattoo, you want to follow the same tattoo care guidelines as outlined below.

After receiving a new tattoo, your artist will apply an ointment, usually A&D, and wrap your tattoo in saran wrap or a medical bandage. This is to keep any foreign materials out of the tattoo. A new tattoo is a wound, an abrasion on the skin, and can be prone to infection proper tattoo care is not followed. So covering it for the first few hours is a normal procedure in most tattooing studios.

Remove the bandage from your new tattoo after at least 4 hours (but no more than 12). You should wait to remove the bandage until you can clean it with mild soap and warm water to remove any dried blood or ink that was left after that tattoo was finished. Do not soak the tattoo. Rinse it well, and pat it dry, then allow it to air-dry for 5-10 minutes before applying ointment. You should continue to wash your new tattoo at least 4 or 5 times a day for the first week.

Bacitracin regularly throughout the day, massaging a very small amount into the skin to keep the tattoo slightly moist, but not smothered blot off any excess. The healing tattoo should never stay submerged in water. This means that short showers are fine, but any kind of baths or swimming is not recommended. Do not re-bandage your tattoo after taking the original bandage off, the skin will need to breathe. Do not use any petroleum based products such as Vaseline – these will suck the ink out of your tattoo and cause it to fade. If you notice small itchy liquid filled bumps appearing after using a certain product, immediately discontinue use, wash the tattoo and let it dry out.

Proper tattoo care requires that you do not wear anything that will rub against your new tattoo. After receiving a foot tattoo make sure you do not wear socks, shoes, or nylons that will rub against it until it is fully healed. You need to plan ahead if your going to receive a foot tattoo on the sole because you should not walk on it until its healed. A foot tattoo may require a touch up, due to the rubbing abuse from walking and wearing shoes prematurely.

You should only apply ointment until your tattoo starts to peel (like a sunburn), which will be anywhere from 3 days to 1 week. When the peeling begins do not pick at it. When the tattoo has fully entered the peeling phase you should stop applying the ointment. The area will become dry and itchy, and a good lotion should help with this. Avoid creams and lotions that contain fragrances, artificial colors and other unnecessary ingredients that can irritate a healing tattoo. If you have applied proper tattoo care you should not develop scabs. If scabs develop, they can remove the color beneath them. It is very important that they are allowed to dry out completely. The scab will eventually fall off on its own. Never pick or pull the scab.

Your new tattoo is an open wound so refrain from actions such as swimming, tanning, removing the bandage early. Be sure to follow these proper tattoo care guidelines to ensure your foot tattoo heals properly. Your foot tattoo will be with you for a lifetime, and it only takes a week or two of your attention to keep it looking good forever.

Redness and sometimes bruising surrounding a new foot tattoo is normal for the first day or two, but if you notice any bumps or increasing redness please contact your local tattoo studio for more information.

Source by Renae Katin

Fast Way to Lower Blood Pressure Quickly – 5 Tips to Knock Off 15 Points

If you want a fast way to lower blood pressure quickly, your BP reading should not be greater than 139/99. In other words you should be pre-hypertensive not hypertensive to give these ideas a try. If you are hypertensive, these tips will probably help but talk to your doctor first.

The Fastest Way: Exercise. Mild aerobic exercise like walking, swimming and cycling can drop up to 4 points immediately if you do at least 30 minutes a day. The drop will last about 22 hours so this is something you have to make a regular part of your day.

Eat Potassium: Your doctor has probably told you to restrict the salt in your diet. However salt is only half the equation. Your body needs a specific relationship between salt (sodium) and the mineral potassium. Most of the potassium we get comes in a processed form and it’s value is diminished because of the tons of salt that comes with processing. The solution? Eat fresh sources of potassium. The banana is a rich source and has dietary fiber as well. Eat a banana a day and your BP can drop up to 3 points in 2 weeks.

Hydrate: Dehydration is becoming a big problem in this country. Drinking sufficient water is good for a number of ailments but with BP it tends to soften the arteries allowing them to dilate, expels salt, and improves kidney function. Drink 50% of your body weight in ounces each day. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water.

Cold Water Fish: Substitute two red meat meals a week with mackerel, salmon, sardines or tuna. These fish are rich in Omega-3 and good cholesterol, and by substituting them for red meat you are automatically reducing saturated fat and bad cholesterol.

Get Some Sleep: Sleep is the natural way to work off stress which impacts on your high blood pressure. At a minimum get 6 hours but shoot for eight.

If you can follow these tips you can shave 12 to 18 points off your BP in less than 3 two weeks.

Source by Rachel Willson

Arowana Care – Facts About Arowanas

Arowanas are among the largest freshwater fish in the world – some species can even grow up to 2.5 meters long. These fish are considered as “living fossils”, as they have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. As such, they have a number of unusual features such as a long body covered with large, heavy scales; a bony head; and a bony “tongue” on the floor of the mouth, really a bone with teeth which bite against those on the roof of the mouth. Aside from using gills to breathe, they can also breathe air through their mouths thanks to a swim bladder that works like a lung.

These large and powerful fish are meat eaters – birds, bats, and insects which have the misfortune to come within range of its six-foot high leap out of the water are gobbled up along with other fish, frogs, and prawns. Regardless of its carnivorous nature, they are good parents, protecting their eggs dutifully in nests or by keeping them safely tucked away inside their mouths. Young arowanas stick with their parents after they hatch, staying under their protection until such time that they could be able to fend for themselves.

The Asian species of arowana are some of the most exclusive and best colored fish in Southeast Asia’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands. The four types in the area are the gold, the yellow, the green, and the red species. The red variety is the rarest and most highly-prized fishes; collectors, especially the Chinese, are drawn to its deep red color. Some see a beautiful addition to their fish tank, while others see a symbol of wealth and luck. Such collecting has contributed significantly to the decline of their numbers in the wild, so much so that the fish is now considered a protected species in the area.

Source by Robert Khaw

The 10 Most Stupid Camping Mistakes In The World

What a great thing it is to be man, master of all we survey.

With the new camping season upon us today is just taking some time to reflect on some of the stupidest camping mistakes we have made and which we have heard about. If you would like to share some of your stories for our next book please email us from the web link below.

Remember, these are all actual things we have either done or seen done, they are not urban myths, which just goes to show how even the simple things in life like camping can be eye opening…

1. It is raining or windy outside so let’s start the fire inside the tent.

2. Pitching the tent or swag in a “dry” creek/river/gully bed with a storm coming.

3. Setting up camp below the high water mark on an ocean tidal riverbank. (That actually was pretty funny to wake up with waves washing through the swag).

4. Testing the pan toffee (liquid molten hot boiling sugar in a pan over an open fire, usually eaten AFTER it cools down and hardens) with a finger (I still can’t believe he did that) and the very next day putting an unopened can of baked beans in the fire to warm them up… Mental Note never go camping with this guy ever again.

5. Driving away from the campsite to get some supplies with the tent still set up and roped to the car.

6. Watching with no concern the kids go swimming at dusk, with dogs, in an ocean inlet next to where fishermen are cleaning fish and where signs are posted saying “beware shark infested waters” (When we told the local Police they just shook their head at the stupidity).

7. Leaving dinner meat out to defrost inside a tent in bear/crocodile country and expecting the animal to not tear the tent to pieces trying to get at the meat. At least it was in a plastic bag so the flies wouldn’t get at it.

8. Camping near the edge of a cliff, getting up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet, tripping over the tent rope and over the edge of the cliff.

9. Doing the dinner washing up in crocodile infested waters. Have these people no idea how fast those things are? They can drag grown horses into the water. Oh yeah and then that night going swimming in the same river. They must have had some serious angels watching over them.

10. Using petrol or gasoline to get that stubborn fire moving along nicely in wet weather. I knew it was stupid but thought I would be able to step back quick enough, gee that fireball moves fast!

I know we said 10 but can’t go past these last two…

11. trying to hand feed (take your pick we have heard them all) that cute looking possum, baby bear, fox, fruit bat. The claws people, what do you think the claws are for?

12. Too tired at the end of the camping birthday party to clean up the leftover food and woke up in the middle of the night to find every possum within about 30 miles having a fight over the leftover chocolate birthday cake. But wait here is the good bit, when I went outside (in my undies) with a broom to chase them away they ran at me, actually ran at me and tried to bite/attack/slash me!

I had gone from a warm cosy bed to being attacked by possums in my undies in the middle of the night, all to save some chocolate birthday cake.

On that note hope you had a good laugh and hope none of these things ever happen to you.

Another time we will post an article on some of the fishing misadventures we have had and seen and heard about. Please let us know your favourite stories for the new book…

Source by Steve Henry

Waxing Versus Sugaring for Male Grooming Treatments

Male hair removal methods have certainly evolved through the years. Gone are the days when men used a shaving blade to remove hair in different parts of their body. The advances in technology help male grooming become safer, healthier, faster and more convenient to do.

Men remove body hair for a variety of reasons. One is to improve their appearance. Women often do not like hairy men especially if a thick mane grows out of the chest or the back. Hairs coming out of the nostrils or a bushy monobrow are also very unattractive to look at. For men who are into sports such as swimming, getting pubic hair removed is almost a must since they look unsightly with Speedos and swimming trunks. Some men remove underarm hair for better grooming and to prevent body odour.

Male waxing and sugaring are two great examples of current male grooming techniques. These two hair removal methods have a number of similarities as well as differences when it comes to application. But they do serve the same purpose which is to get rid of unwanted man hair. An estimated third of the male population regularly do hair removal procedures in the back, chest, intimate areas, legs and other areas.

Waxing

Waxing for men, also called manscaping or more recently maxing, is a popular choice in salons or male grooming studios. Most men prefer to have a waxing treatment as opposed to some of the other temporary hair removal methods available because of the numerous advantages that waxing provides including:

Areas that have been waxed often remain hairless for at most eight weeks. The reason for this is because waxing removes hairs from the roots not just on the surface and for those clients who carry out regular body waxing benefit from a slower regrowth.

Smoother skin. Areas that are subjected to waxing often have smoother skin. The wax serves as natural exfoliant since it removes dead skin cells once the wax is removed. It not just uproots the hair but the dead cells on the skin too.

Softer hair. The hair that grows after waxing is usually much softer. Also, there are no signs of stubble after waxing unlike shaving.

Reduce skin irritation. Shaving may cause irritation to the skin especially if the blade touches sensitive parts. The person may have cuts and razor bumps from shaving. Not so with waxing.

Sugaring

Sugaring is another popular hair removal option. The sugaring mixture is made up of sugar, water and lemon juice. These ingredients are combined in a lukewarm temperature. They are then applied to the skin where unwanted hair grows. The technique originated in Egypt.

Sugaring for some male grooming clients offers the same benefits as listed above in terms of the appearance of the skin, the regrowth period and smoothness of the skin.

Some male clients are drawn towards sugaring as a suitable hair removal method if they have heat sensitive skin or react to the rosins found in a lot of waxes. However it is worth remembering that a lot of the good wax companies often offer a range of products that are rosin free to offer these clients a more comfortable waxing treatment with less trauma and better results on the skin.

Waxing and sugaring are similar processes but they do have differences in the application and results and clients should research the best options for themselves.

Both methods of hair removal use a similar process; strip waxing and strip sugaring – applying the product directly to the skin and then removing with a paper strip or a piece of fabric. Non -strip waxing and hand sugaring – applying hot wax or sugar paste directly to the hair and removing without the need for any paper or fabric.

More often male clients can have strong coarse body hair and with the waxing method it can offer a better hair removal technique for various reasons; the ” shrink wrapping ” effect of hot wax can encapsulate even the smallest of hairs to ensure a smooth hair free result, something that hand sugaring often cannot achieve. New generation non-strip / hot waxes can also be applied successfully to areas where hair grows in various directions, sugaring often does not achieve best results in these areas.

Degree of discomfort. Both procedures require hair removal from the roots. This means a certain degree of pain or discomfort in both methods, but it is worth stating that for most clients this discomfort is minimal and if these treatments are carried out by a professional trained male grooming therapist as opposed to friends or partners then the difference is remarkable!! You only need to look on YouTube to see those terrible home waxing videos…

Waxing and sugaring may not be a permanent solution to male hair removal but they do provide a viable option for male grooming. The long duration before hair grows back makes them a popular choice among male clients. Both procedures are effective hair removal solutions.

Source by Jack Dunn

Dream Maker X-100 Portable Spa Hot Tub Review

Relaxing in a spa is a wonderful way for your body to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. If you’re new to the world of spas you probably want one which can be setup with a minimum of fuss yet doesn’t skimp on performance or features.

The Dream Maker X-100 Portable Spa Hot Tub is a 5 person spa which is portable for convenience, easy to set up yet still packs in plenty of power with its high performance pump and hydrotherapy jets. Can the dream maker make your dreams come true or does it fall short? Read on further to find out.

Features of Dream Maker X-100 Portable Spa Hot Tub

  • Five person seating capacity
  • State of the art BALBOA digital controls
  • 5 hydrotherapy jets with side air controls
  • Lightweight and 100% portable
  • 1.5 horse power pump and motor
  • 110 volts operation
  • Full foam insulation for lower operating costs

Five person seating capacity

If you’re looking for a hot tub for your family then the Dream Maker is ideal with its 5 person seating capacity. It can become too cramped with 5 adults though however so if you’re not looking for a family spa then I’d recommend this for no more than 4 adults.

Lightweight and 100% portable

Weighing only 190 pounds, the Dream Maker X-100 is both lightweight and portable giving you the convenience to move it to your desired location when you fancy a change. If you have sufficient room in your home, you can even bring it inside in the winter so you can live the dream all year round. If you do bring it indoors, ensure that you put it on a very solid surface (ideally concrete).

Operation

The spa plugs into a standard 110 volts outlet so no costly additional electrical work is required, allowing you to get started heating your hot tub quickly.

Heating the spa does take quite a while. It takes approximately 20 hours to reach 100 degrees if you fill it with water at 70 degrees. However, at sub 70 degrees temperatures it takes a lot longer to heat up so if you live in a colder region, be prepared for a longer wait.

The full foam insulation has a 1.8 lb. density which is designed to lower operating costs in addition to being beneficial for the environment.

5 hydrotherapy jets with side air controls

The 5 hydrotherapy jets are powered by a 1.5 horse power pump which has been engineered to deliver high performance. The side air controls allow you to alter the amount of air which goes into the jet system enabling you to find the perfect mix of air and water for a relaxing massage after a hard day.

The round circular shape of this hot tub means you feel the high pressure of the jets at all angles providing you an immersive spa experience.

Final Thoughts

On the downside, the Dream Maker X-100 Portable Spa Hot is only suitable for indoors or mild weather so if you live in a colder region then it will take longer to heat the water up to your desired temperature.

Dream Maker have packed in some nice extra features such as a color changing waterfall which adds to the ambience when you’re relaxing in the water. The jets are powerful and therapeutic thanks to the high performance pump so you’ll likely find yourself spending many hours in it. Overall, it is an excellent choice for someone who wants portability and convenience from a spa but doesn’t want to sacrifice on performance.

Source by Steve D White

What Is a “Look and See Trip” – And How to Prepare For It

A “look and see trip” (or look-see trip) is a service that is some times provided by companies to singles or families that are moving abroad on an expatriate contract. The purpose of this trip is for the individual or family to see, feel and experience the country and region that they may be moving to in near future. Companies will provide this service only to those who have already agreed beforehand to being flexible and open to such a move. Before flying out to your new destination, you will be contacted by the relocation company working together with your firm to discuss your personal needs and wishes in regards to your future life in the host country. Your particular needs may, for example, include an apartment close to the office or close to the airport, as you will be a frequent traveller in your new position, or it may include a house with three bedrooms and close proximity to an international school of high standards. Your personal wishes may include an ocean view and an apartment close to shops and nightlife, or maybe a swimming pool in the yard and a mall with a supermarket close by. Whatever your needs and wishes consists of, it is important that you do your research beforehand, so that the relocation agency can assist you in the best way possible. Don’t hold back when it comes to expressing your wishes. The more details you can give, the better chance the agency can help with pinpointing your ideal home in the future.

If you are a single person, it will likely be relatively easy for you to find a convenient time to fly out to your future destination and visit your potential future office and explore housing options. If you are part of a family moving abroad, you will need to find a time for travel that is not only convenient for all members of the family, but that will also allow you to visit all the necessary facilities, such as, for example, daycare or schools at the right time. A trip planned during school holidays may not portray an accurate picture of an area, as the amount of traffic can be quite different from it’s usual daily buzz, construction work may be halted temporarily, and daycare and schools may be closed down, or the premises will be running on half-empty.

A typical look and see trip lasts a week. Upon your arrival at your destination, or soon thereafter, an agent from the relocation agency will meet with you at the hotel, or the place where you are staying, to discuss the program of the week. This program is naturally based on the needs and wishes that you have expressed previously. However, if misunderstanding have occurred, then now is the time to correct these before wasting any time seeing things you are not really interested in seeing. The agent will be eager to show you as many things as possible in as little time as possible. If you feel that the program is too overwhelming, do not hesitate to cut down on the programmed activities. Just keep in mind that there will only be one look and see trip!

A standard look and see trip program may look like this:

Welcome package (including brochures of attractions, list of helpful websites, etc.)

Country presentation, cost of living, cross-cultural tips, historical information about your host country.

Home sampling (min. 4-5 housing options)

Visit to daycare or schools (if applicable)

Visit to car dealers and information about car ownership (if applicable)

Familiarization tour, including supermarkets, malls, restaurants, banks, sport centers, etc.

The look and see program usually operates on a half day basis, giving you some free time to do some exploration of your own. You can use this time to visit tourist attractions and shops, or to simply stroll around your preferred area to get a proper sense of the place. For those who are tormented by jet-lag, a well-earned rest after a hectic day may be the top priority!

If you don’t have the option or time available for visiting your future host country, then you can make your own look and see trip by surfing the internet, reading relevant books, looking at films and images from your future destination, and talking to people who have lived there. Thanks to the vast information available to us these days through the internet, chatrooms and satellite images, etc., it is indeed possible to acquire a very good feeling and idea of a country or place that we have not yet visited in real life.

Source by Camilla Dessing

Beware of These Common Betta Fish Illnesses

Betta fish make fun and beautiful pets, but more than likely your betta fish is going to get sick at some point in time. It is important that you are prepared to treat your betta when he is sick and this includes being aware of various diseases that affect betta fish, their symptoms, and how you can treat them. Once you know the basics of betta fish diseases you will be better prepared to recognize and treat your betta to prevent the disease becoming too serious or even fatal. The following are five of the most common diseases that affect betta fish.

Tail or Fin Rot

Tail rot and fin rot are common betta diseases that are caused by water that becomes too dirty. You can actually prevent this disease from ever affecting your fish if you are careful to always keep their water clean. As a general rule this is an easy condition to treat and it does not seem to be contagious either. If you treat your fish as soon as possible you will be able to stop the progression of the disease and their tails and fins will grow back.

Some of the symptoms to look for include the betta’s tail and fins getting shorter and shorter. Their fins may also start to have a darker color and they may appear as if they are dissolving or actually falling apart. While some betta’s may not even act sick, others may stop eating, get clumped fins, and start looking pale.

Thankfully treating tail and fin rot is fairly easy and will provide results in a few weeks. For treatment you will need to do a full jar water change and use Fungus Eliminator, as well as either tetracycline or Triple Sulfa. After the initial change you will need to be sure to change the water every three days and when you do you should add more medication to the water as well. It is important that you continue the treatment until you fish improves and you seen new fin and tail growth occurring. This may take a few weeks, so continue the treatment until your fish improve.

Ick

Another very common disease in betta fish is ick. Ick is actually a type of parasite and many times it is present in frozen food that is live. Although ick is one of the most contagious betta diseases, it can be treated. You can prevent your fish from getting ick by adding Aquarisol and salt to your fish’s water.

If you start to see white dots appearing on your betta’s body, including the head and even his eyes, this is a sign that your fish has ick. More than likely your beta will also become much less active than before and may appear sick and have clumped fins as well. They may feel itchy, so you may see them darting and rubbing against rocks in their tanks.

Since ick is such a contagious disease it is best to go ahead and treat the entire tank of fish for disease. Ick is very sensitive to temperature, so you should raise the temperature in your tank to about 85 degrees F. For every gallon in your tank, add one drop of Aquarisol every single day until your fish are better. Usually it will only take a few days to get rid of this disease.

Dropsy

Dropsy is actually the most common disease among bettas and it is also the most likely to be fatal to your fish as well. While not a great deal is known about this disease many feel that it is linked to live foods, and it especially seems linked to feeding them the black worms. Many people have found that they can prevent dropsy all together by not allowing their fish to eat black worms.

The symptoms of dropsy are quite easy to recognize and they include a bloated belly and scales that appear as if they are raised. The raised scales may actually appear very similar to a pine cone.

Unfortunately there is not a known cure for this betta fish disease. It is, however, very important that you isolate the betta that appears to have dropsy as soon as possible so the other fish will not contract the disease.

Swim Bladder Disorder

Another very common disease that betta’s may get is swim bladder disorder. This actually comes as a result from feeding them too much. This disease is not contagious, and as a general rule it affects the younger bettas if they have eaten to much or have become very stressed.

If you see a betta that is having a hard time swimming, seems off balance, or prefers to just lay near the bottom, there is a good chance they are suffering from swim bladder disorder. Many times you will see them just sliding along on the bottom of the tank as well.

Many times you will find that your betta will recover by himself, but it is probably a good idea to not feed them as much for a few days. It is also helpful to eliminate brine shrimp from their diet as well, as this can actually cause part of the problem. In the future, try to be sure that you feed your fish a balanced diet to prevent this from happening again.

These are just a few of the common betta fish diseases that you my deal with in your bettas. Other diseases that bettas may have to deal with include external parasites, bacterial infection, fungal infection, depression, and velvet. Having medications on hand such as tetracyclin, Ampicillin, jungle fungus eliminator, and maracin 1 and 2. Just taking some simple preventive measures can help keep your fish from developing many of these diseases, but it important to know what to do if these diseases occur in your fish.

Source by Sarah Munn