Thursday, May 8, 2014

From the Nurse’s Desk:

Reminders from your Nurse
1.     Please remember in order for your child to receive any medication (over the counter, holistic, and/or prescription) during school hours; the parent needs to supply the medication in the original container (not a plastic bag) and written permission.  If it is a prescription medication, the student needs the medication in a pharmacy bottle labeled, the doctor’s order, and the parent permission in writing.

2.     Sports physicals are only valid for 13 month from the date of exam. A current non sports physicals are required for tenth graders and every three years.  Nurse’s fax number 508-252-5005

3.     Parents who have indicated on the emergency/medical form their child needs epi-pens, inhalers and/or other medications the nurse is available for med drop off 7am-1:30pm. If your child no longer needs these medications please submit so in writing.

It is that time of year again when ticks will be in full force.  Here are some tips to help prevent tick bites. 

Preventing Tick Bites

While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks

  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.

Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin

  • Use repellents that contain 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on the exposed skin for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
  • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and remains protective for up to 70 washings.
  • Other repellents registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be found at Web Site Icon

How to remove a tick

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
Understand before you tan!
Over exposure to the sun and tanning beds may promise you a bronzed body year-round, but the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from these pose serious health risks.
Although most feel that a tan gives them a ‘healthy’ glow, any tan is a sign of skin damage. 
 A tan is actually the skin’s reaction to exposure to UV rays.   Your body recognizes this exposure as bad forcing the skin to act in self-defense by producing more melanin, a pigment that darkens the skin. Over time, this damage will lead to prematurely aged skin and, in some cases, skin cancer.  Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is linked to getting severe sunburns, especially at a young age.
Overexposure to UV rays can also lead to the following conditions;
  • Premature aging. Tanning causes the skin to lose elasticity and wrinkle prematurely. This leathery look may not show up until many years after you’ve had a tan or sunburn.
  • Immune suppression. UV radiation may suppress proper functioning of the body’s immune system and the skin’s natural defenses, leaving you more vulnerable to diseases, including skin cancer.
  • Eye damage. Exposure to UV radiation can cause irreversible damage to the eyes.
  • Allergic reaction. Some people who are especially sensitive to UV radiation may develop an itchy red rash and other adverse effects.
Understand that exposure to these rays is inevitable but decreasing exposure can be as simple as wearing a hat or the application of sunscreen.  Careful consideration of the risks should be considered prior to use of artificial tanning facilities. 
Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions, clarifications, and/or concerns.  I can be reached at 508-252-5025 x500 or via e-mail