Naturally at this time of year most of us keep our feet covered. Shoes or boots on when outside (even frequent use of wellies with the current weather conditions) and maybe slipper socks or slippers on inside. When our feet are enclosed for long periods, moisture builds up and this creates a warm moist environment where fungi can thrive. With the mild wet weather we have had this winter and the almost constant high humidity, it would be no surprise if the incidence of fungal infections is higher this year. Three years ago I got a fungal infection in several toe nails. Faced with some limited options here’s what I did… Continue reading
That could be the start of a kid’s playground joke. If it is I cannot find the punchline. Actually, it’s not a joke, it’s something that can have quite serious consequences. Continue reading
Wild, wild weather!
Heinz alphabet spaghetti, a distant memory from my youth and something that just popped into mind when watching yesterday’s wild, wild weather.
Strange connection to make between these two you may think? Not in my brain!
To give you a clue, what’s the connection between Desmond, Abigail, Clodagh, Frank, Eva and Barney? Continue reading
A visit to the Edinburgh Christmas Market
Walking through Edinburgh’s city centre on a Friday evening in December, it sprung into life as the Christmas Market opened. Incredibly busy with people moving from stall to stall and especially busy around my favorite stall selling mulled wine. I took the photo whilst drinking a lovely warm mulled wine and standing at the steps of the top tier of stalls just beside the Scott Monument. So what’s this got to do with moisture, the theme of my blog? Not a lot actually but being back in Edinburgh brings lots of memories of when I used to live there but also reminds me of a comment made by Professor John Sweeney of Maynooth University, Ireland, who was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and kind enough to review my eBook. John liked my “folksie” style which I really appreciated because that was exactly my intention in hoping to explain the technical aspects of humidity and its implications in an easy to read way. Coming back to John’s comments and the link to Edinburgh you have to first appreciate that there is good humoured rivalry and banter that goes on between Edinburgh and Glasgow people. In a section of my book I wrote about the cold and damp that Edinburgh can experience in winter. I mention that maybe this was in part responsible for me getting sinusitis quite a lot when I was young and so implying that there could be links with humidity and human health. John’s comment on this was that as a Glaswegian he had no sympathy at all for a man from Edinburgh with sinusitis! Thanks for that John.
I wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year
Welcome to my world of moisture.
Moisture loving viruses
Picture this. You are on a bus and a man immediately behind you sneezes, a big wet one. His moisture fills the air. Then he sneezes another big wet one. What do you do next?
There is nothing much you can do. It’s too late. Two plumes of virus laden moisture have dispersed themselves around you like an unpleasant fragrance from a room vaporizer. An option is to turn around and say something to the man but that will only bring you into closer contact with the man’s unwanted moisture and “germs”.
Coughs, sneezes and diseases
“Coughs and sneezes spread diseases”. People of my generation will remember this slogan very well. We had it at school and there Continue reading