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Sand fleas are a scourge that you should take seriously. Only at millimeter in size before attaching to a host, the sand flea is a parasite that feeds on humans and animals. While many sand flea bites are simply inconveniences, they can become serious problems.

A little red spot where the flea has bitten you is the initial sign of a sand flea bite. The sand flea bites’ reaction seems like that of a normal mosquito. Like the mosquito, they can transmit diseases. If you have been bitten by sand fleas, you may need to see a doctor, especially if symptoms of fever, swelling, hives and welts stay for more than a week. This may be a sign of a more serious problem.

There are some situations where a sand flea may turn parasitic. This is when they attach to a host by digging into the deeper layers of the skin and feeding on blood. The male and female sand fleas feed on blood, however the female is the biggest threat. Females don’t die immediately after mating and nest in the skin of its host which is unlike males. While they only start at one millimeter in size, sand fleas can grow up to one centimeter. This causes a lump to form under the skin. This is normally when people notice that there is a problem.

Unlike other types of fleas, sand fleas cannot be removed without the assistance of a physician. Stern infection can be caused by attempting to dig out a sand flea. If you have developed a lump under your skin, you should see your doctor immediately, as sand fleas will continue to grow and feed until you run danger of blood clots where you have been bitten. This sort of infection also increments the chance that you will have a disease transmitted to you from the sand fleas.

There are many ways that you can prevent sand fleas from biting you. Wearing long pants, socks and shoes when you visit the beach is the initial thing to do. If the fleas cannot permeate your clothing, they cannot bite you. There are many insect repellents that will target sand fleas as well. You run a lesser risk of exposure if you visit the beach during the day.

Many flea medications for animals will assist prevent your pet from suffering from sand flea bites.

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For years, scientists theorize that dogs might not have descended from wolves at all.  Then there are many who believe they did.  Many people also believe wolves are scavengers living amongst human societies.   Perhaps it was the animals who were able to get closer to humans, who  had better access to their food supply and that is why they were the ones to survive the best.   Dogs, centuries ago, were not hybrids, mixed breeds or purebred.  They were simply wild canid that probably descended from some original proto-canid that is an ancestor to every dog we know of, today.

Sometimes a mixed breed dog will resemble a wolf and sometimes your dog may remind you of a wolf with the way they behave or act.  It has been largely debunked, the notion that humans plucked wolf cubs out of a den and domesticated them.  It is much more likely that the first dog types decided to start living around humans because their food supply was easier to obtain.   It is also doubtful that our ancestors took the time to socialize wolves and put so much effort into raising dogs as we do in today’s society.  More than likely dogs of yesterday were tolerated and played with.  Some may have even run away after they grew up.  People back in the day did not put so much emphasis on their canine pets as they do today.

In the 1950s,  a Russian geneticist by the name of Dmitri Belyaev,  proved that within 20 generations, Russian silver foxes that were kept in captivity on a fox farm, developed traits that very closely resembled dogs.  They had floppy ears; Piebald coats and had a tendency to bark entirely more than wild canine.

The history of dogs is a hotly debated topic.  So much so that there are literally forums where people do nothing but argue in circles.   Sort of like which came first?  The chicken or the egg?    Although your Goldendoodle may not realize what all the commotion is about,  he or she has come quite a long way since the early 1990s.   “Designer mutt” isn’t really the correct way to think about the Goldendoodle.  They aren’t designer dogs.   They certainly are not a mixed breed dog.   They are hybrid dogs that come from two different purebred dogs even if both parents are a Goldendoodle.  All Goldendoodles originate from the Poodle and the Golden Retriever,  when all is said and done.

The Goldendoodle dog has been evolving since early 1997.   With the first known mixes coming out of Australia,  it is hotly debated whether the first known Goldendoodle mix came from Canada or Australia.  But there is no need for argument.   I am very positive Golden Retrievers have bred to Poodles since both purebred dogs have been in existence.  They just didn’t have a cutesy “doodle” name attached to them.  Dogs themselves have been evolving for thousands of years.  Why purebred fanatics become so angry over the idea of the Goldendoodle dog,   is beyond me.  Every purebred dog known today began as a mixed breed dog.

They had  been perpetuating themselves based on survival,  but dogs of mixed heritage are actually closer to the original dog than purebreds.   In the wild,  dogs and wolves do not chose to breed to each other on their own.  They are, after all, a different species.  While I am not sure why many people believe the wolf came first,  I am sure all dogs can eventually be found to come from a common ancestor.  Whom that ancestor isa€¦well,  that’s a big question isn’t it?  We will never know for sure which came first.  We will never know for sure who that original common ancestor is.

Over 10,000 years ago,  small wolf like canine ranged far and wide.  Some scientists have named these small wolf like creatures “Canis Lupus”.   According to Janice Koler-Matznick,  she says the only reason they were named “Canis Lupus” is because no one thought the dog  could be that old.   Fossils from early canine are approx. 25,000 to 100,000 years old and they are entirely smaller than wolves.  Koler-Matznick believes one or some of these fossils may even belong to a domestic dog.  She believes that there are a lot of ancestor candidates out there that we have yet to investigate.


**About the author:  Dee Gerrish has been writing about the Goldendoodle dog since 1999.  She is one of the founding breeders for the Goldendoodle in the southern region of the United States.  This article is copyright protected March 30, 2010.  It may not be copied, redistributed or changed for commercial or private purposes without the written expressed permission of its author,  Dee Gerrish.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Author: Richie Lindsay

As mentioned in previous works Osteomyelitis can cause back pain, yet back pain is also caused from SLE, or Systemic lupus Erythematosus.

Osteomyelitis causes back pain, since the disease merges a bacterial infection that spreads to the soft tissues and bones. Infections, open trauma, staphylococcus aureus, and hemolytic streptococcus are linking causes of Osteomyelitis. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that occurs in clusters that resemble grapes. The bacteria typically inhabit the skin and the mucous membrane, which causes the disease Osteomyelitis. Hemolytic is the ruin or damage of blood cells, such as the red cells. The condition causes the cells to release hemoglobin. Streptococcus is a round-shape bacterium that causes Osteomyelitis, since it sets up scarlet fever, pneumonia, etc. The disease or bacteria are linked as a chain or in pairs. Combine Streptococcus with hemolytic and you have the destruction that sets in pain.

According to the physical aspects of Osteomyelitis, organisms spread to the bones via open wounds, or the bloodstream. The infection sets in, causing destruction, which leads to Sequestra, or fragment bone necroses. Necroses are dying tissues and cells that merge from the disease and/or injury.

Like osteoporosis, Osteomyelitis has similar traits. The disease causes muscle spasms, rises in body temperature, tachycardia, and bone pain, increasing movement and pain, and so on.

Doctors often use blood cultures, hematology tests, would cultures, bone scans, and bone biopsy to discover Osteomyelitis.

Yet, to discover SLE doctors often use ANA tests, blood chemistry, urine tests, LE Preps, Rheumatoid factors, and hematology. If the tests show decreases in WBC, HCT, Hgb, and increases in ESR, thus additional tests are conducted. Doctors will search for rheumatoid symptoms, proteinuria and hematuria, as well as decreases in fixations and positive results of ANA.

Once positive results make itself available, management, intervention, and continued assessment takes place.

SLE symptoms include ulcers at the mouth or nasopharyngeal. Additional symptoms include alopecia, anorexia, photosensitivity, lymphadenopathy, muscle pain, low-scale fevers, weight loss, abnormal pain, erythema of the palms, weakness, malaise, and so on. Diagnostic tests are conducted when the symptoms merge, which if the results show present symptoms the patient is setup with a management plan.

The plan often includes diet. The diet is high in protein, iron, vitamins, etc, which Vitamin C is the top supplement doctors recommend. The patient continues testing, which include lab tests, studies, etc. Vitamins and minerals are increased as well. Rest cycles are important if you are diagnosed with SLE.

SLE can lead to degeneration of the basal layers in the skin, necrosis (Tissue Death) of the lymph node and glomerular capillaries. Ocular blood vessels merge from the infection as well as inflamed cerebral, and so on. The disease causes muscle pain, seizures, congested heart failure, infections, depression of muscles, and peripheral neuropathy as well.

How to maintain your condition:
Doctors recommend that patients diagnosed with SLE stops smoking. In addition, intervals of bed rest are recommended. Of course, you should visit your doctor frequently and learn more about your condition. Your doctor will study your condition, as well as monitor its symptoms. You want to keep an eye out for infections. If you notice swelling, pain, or related symptoms you should notify your doctor immediately.

SLE is a bone condition that causes back pain. Since pain starts in one area of the body, it may travel to other locations. Try to take notes at each area where you experience pain and let your doctor know. Keeping informed is essential in treating your condition, as well when your doctor is informed he/she can also learn new steps to minimize your pain.

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