Public Health Emerging Issues – June 28, 2018

MAKE SURE YOUR ARTIST IS CERTIFIED BEFORE YOU MICROBLADE

  • Recently, microblading has become popular among Mesa County residents. The semi-permanent makeup is used to fill in eyebrows, so that you don’t have to do them every day.
    • Microblading is a process that uses a hand tool with tiny needles that implant ink under the first layer of skin.
      • The ink isn’t as deep as regular tattoos, so it’s considered semi-permanent.
      • The ink will fade, but not disappear completely and often requires touch-ups for maintenance.
    • Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) inspects any facility that performs tattooing, body piercing, branding, sculpting and permanent and semi-permanent cosmetics – including microblading, eyeliner and lip liner.
    • If you’re going to get any body art, make sure the establishment you choose has been inspected and has a current certificate posted before your procedure.
    • Body art of any kind, including microblading, can have health effects that can last a lifetime if the equipment used is not properly sanitized or the artist doesn’t use proper precautions like hand washing. You’re putting yourself at risk of infections, skin allergies and bloodborne diseases like hepatitis B and C, so make sure you’ve picked a certified and inspected artist and facility.
    • If you’re aware of an artist operating without certification, contact Mesa County Public Health at (970) 248-6900 with an address or phone number for the artist.

 

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS WHILE SWIMMING

  • Summer is officially here and with temps reaching the triple digits, many families are hitting the pool, lake or river to beat the heat.
  • Swimmers share the water and the germs in it!
    • Swallowing even just a little bit of water that has been contaminated with feces containing germs can cause diarrheal diseases.
    • Not properly maintained pools and hot tubs may cause skin, ear or respiratory infections among others.
    • Natural bodies of water like lakes and rivers can be contaminated with animal waste, fecal incidents or germs that live naturally in the environment (soil/water).
  • Contrary to popular belief, chlorine doesn’t kill all germs instantly.
    • Peeing in the pool dilutes chlorine, making it harder to kill germs.
    • Some germs are very tolerant to chlorine and can survive for days even in properly disinfected pools or hot tubs.
  • Residents should take precautions to avoid spreading illness while swimming.
    • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea or an open wound.
      • You can still shed a virus or parasitic cyst for two weeks after your diarrhea stops, so stay out of the water for a couple of weeks after feeling better.
    • Shower before you get in the water. Rinsing off in the shower for about one minute will remove most of the dirt or anything else on your body.
    • Don’t pee or poop in the water – make sure your baby has a proper swim diaper.
    • Don’t swallow the water.
    • Follow the “every hour – everyone out” rule.
      • Take kids on bathroom breaks.
      • Check diapers and change them in a bathroom or diaper changing area – not poolside.
    • Visit health.mesacounty.us for resources on safe swimming in our Document Library.

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