HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - HELOISE

DEAR READ­ERS: To­day’s Sound Off is about the de­cep­tive pho­to­graphs on food pack­ag­ing/driv­ethroughs:

DEAR HELOISE: I’m so tired of see­ing pho­to­graphs on frozen-food pack­ages and drive-throughs that show a de­li­cious-look­ing item, but when you get it home, the item looks noth­ing like the pic­ture. I re­cently bought frozen lasagna in the “fam­ily pack” for a quick din­ner for my two chil­dren and my­self. The por­tions were small, and the lasagna in­side was noth­ing like the pho­to­graph on the box. To me, that’s de­cep­tive ad­ver­tis­ing!

— Belinda M., Nevada DEAR READER: Belinda, I’ve no­ticed the same thing. Man­u­fac­tur­ers, are you lis­ten­ing?

DEAR READ­ERS: Here are some items you might con­sider tak­ing to some­one who is in the hos­pi­tal (but al­ways check with the nurses to see what is al­lowed in a pa­tient’s room):

A small room fresh­ener (no can­dles) to freshen the room.

A packet of mints or breath fresh­en­ers is nice.

Var­i­ous mag­a­zines/books on sub­jects that in­ter­est the pa­tient.

Hand/body lo­tion — un­scented is best — or moist tow­elettes.

DEAR HELOISE: My 16-year-old son is bug­ging me about get­ting a tat­too. I don’t care for tat­toos, but I don’t know what to say ex­cept “No.” Are there any dan­gers to tat­too­ing? How do I get him to re­con­sider a mark like that, which will be with him for many years?

— Linda K., Up­land, Calif. DEAR READER: Linda, tell your son to think be­fore he inks. Tat­toos can and have killed job op­por­tu­ni­ties for many peo­ple. There are some se­ri­ous is­sues to con­sider:

In­fec­tions: Dirty nee­dles can pass in­fec­tions from one per­son to an­other.

Al­ler­gies: Al­ler­gies to var­i­ous inks can oc­cur.

Scar­ring: Un­wanted scar tis­sue may cause scar­ring when get­ting or re­mov­ing a tat­too.

Gran­u­lo­mas: These are small knots or lumps that form around ma­te­rial that the body per­ceives as for­eign, such as tat­too pig­ment.

You may not like the re­sults: There are tat­too artists whose work is not pro­fes­sional. Skill varies from one artist to an­other. There is no way to be certain that the ink used is safe.

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