Chronic hives is another condition that i see quite frequently in the . And it’s something that I feel like I can really make a great positive impact on a patient’s quality of life. Chronic hives are itchy rashes that affect patients for more than six weeks in duration and they can be quite bothersome waking patients up, feeling very itchy, having lots of swelling and causing a lot of concern as to what the potential causes can be, while.
Also dealing with the really bothersome symptoms. Many patients are very concerned that perhaps their laundry detergent, or their soaps or different foods they’re eating may be triggering their hives. For the vast majority of patients where hives have been going on for more than six weeks, this isn’t the case. It’s typically a virus or another underlying condition that may trigger those symptoms.
So we have to talk with each patient, see if there are any other symptoms that have been going on with those hives, but for vast majority of patients we can provide reassurance and actually don’t necessarily have to go through a whole slew of allergy testing in order to determine what’s going on. The good news is that chronic hives typically, for most patients, is something that will go away with time.
But we have to help make patients feel better and deal with these symptoms. For the vast majority of patients, we can greatly improve their quality of life by treating them with some antihistamines at a little bit different dosing schedule than what you would take for your runny nose. But we can help improve their quality of sleep, improve their quality of life, make them less selfconscious about the rashes and swelling and really make a difference as we wait for.
Varroa Mite Counts Bee Vlog 147 Aug 15 2014
Hello, and welcome back to the bee vlog Today I’m going to be doing some mite counts This is not something that I normally do because, as a treatmentfree beekeeper if the hive has a high mite load, I’m not going to do anything about it anyway so, really what’s the point in counting them? This year I’m going to be participating in a local citizen science project.
Where my bee club and some other bee clubs in the area are going to be counting up our mites Some people may be doing treatments, others won’t We’re going to have some control groups, some treated groups, to see how treatment vs nontreatment works Various forms of treatment Various forms of nottreatment, meaning the different equipment that’s being used in the hive and really kind of nail down, in this area, what we can do to help the bees deal with the mites.
Now, if you’re not familiar with mites, what i’m talking about mainly is the varroa mite or in the scientific community known as Varroa Destructor Very appropriately named because these mites, they’re found in every hive but if they get out of control they just destroy the hives, and it’s a major problem for all beekeepers So it’s something that we really focus on a lot in our beekeeping efforts.trying to deal with mites. What I have here to use to count the mites is what’s called a screened bottom board with an inspection tray.
Or a mite counting tray, or sometimes called a sticky board and the way it works. I normally keep these bottom boards on my hives yearround It’s a screened board with a 8 mesh.that means that the opening is an 1/8th inch or there are 8 wires per inch And this board just stays on the hive yearround.
(loud buzzing noise) Okay, the neighbor is digging trench for sprinklers and it doesn’t sound like he’s going to let up anytime soon So I’m going to turn the camera around so the mic is facing away from the noise, hoping we don’t pick up much of it and I’m just going to keep going So, this bottom board is something I keep on yearround It has that wire mesh so the bees can’t go through and it protects them from other pests and predators.
But it allows better air flow as well as putting in an inspection board, or a sticky tray And the way this works is, it just slids in under the mesh, in a little groove, and it looks like that. This board is just corrugated plastic Really light weight, cheap stuff And I put a grid on it. A 1 inch grid, for counting mites It doesn’t have to be exactly 1 inch, the grid is really there just to make it easy to count.
So as you go along you don’t accidentally doublecount mites or skip some You can mark it down on a grid paper and so on Then after putting the grid on, before putting it in the hive, I just smeared it with some petroleum jelly and then slid it into place Now, you can leave this in for 24 hours or 72 hours to get a mite count I’m doing it this time with a 24 hour time period.
I’ll take all the boards out, take them home, take a magnifying glass, and count mites I’m labeling each tray with the name of the hive so I know which one it came from This one came from Louise And here we are, all set up to do some counting I was very careful in bringin the boards in, not to rub them against each other That’s to not wipe off any of the debris and mites and other things that are on the board.