Two deadly diseases
Measles and the flu have been two popular topics in our local news.
Oddly enough, my husband has a connection to both these viral epidemics!
Since January, our state (Washington) has been dealing with
a measles outbreak. It began when an unvaccinated adult returned from overseas, unknowingly infected with the measles. This person went to many public places and exposed countless individuals to the virus.
read on Over-the-counter medicines can be costly (and unnecessary)
There are two ways to save money at the drugstore:
Know what you need and find the cheapest price. Know what you don’t need and avoid buying anything at all.
I’ve written a lot of posts on this topic because I think it’s one of the easiest ways to save money on health care, and certainly the one we have the most control …
read on What is sinusitis?
Following my recent post about
nasal sprays, I thought it a good time to talk about sinusitis and some simple home treatments.
Sinusitis is the inflammation of sinus tissue. The swelling blocks normal drainage, which can lead to a viral or bacterial infection.
Sinusitis can be caused by colds, allergies, the
overuse of decongestant nasal sprays, or a physical blockage, such as a deviated septum … read on Over-the-counter nasal sprays
It’s cold season, and I see so many ads in the media for nasal sprays.
The best tip for saving money on OTC nasal sprays is to know the ingredients used in the different products. Read the labels!
When you understand which ingredient is best for which nasal problem, you can shop for the best price.
Nasal sprays fall roughly into three categories:
Allergy sprays Decongestant sprays
read on Not really.
It’s cold season and products that claim to prevent or significantly shorten colds are flying off the drugstore shelves.
The best strategy to prevent a cold is to
wash your hands frequently.
Still, the advertisements for such products are both pervasive and persuasive. But are they worth buying?
Vitamin C and zinc are the supplements used in most of these products. You can buy them in capsules, lozenges, …
read on Wash your nose?
I wrote in a previous post that
is your best defense against a cold virus. frequent hand washing
But what about washing your nose? The inside of your nose, to be exact.
You just need a neti pot.
The neti pot is an inexpensive device for saline nasal irrigation, which is a fancy term for nose washing.
A neti pot is easy to use
How do I …
read on Get ready for flu season
Last year’s flu season was nasty.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) labeled it a
“high severity season” because the circulating strains of influenza virus were especially virulent and the season lasted longer than usual.
It’s impossible to predict when flu season will start, but it could be as early as October. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October, but …
read on Cold season is still with us
The calendar says spring, but you wouldn’t know it looking out my kitchen window.
Not only is it still cold, it’s still cold season.
Did you know that Americans spend about $3.5
billion every year on over-the-counter cold and cough remedies?
But despite spending such a huge amount of money, has anyone ever bought a magic bullet to prevent or cure the common cold?…
read on Home remedies for a persistent cough
Flu season hit hard this year, and the normal, if unwelcome, after effect of many viral upper respiratory infections is a lingering cough.
found that, on average, a cough will last 17.8 days! Fortunately, most coughs are self limiting; that is, they will get better without special treatment, such as antibiotics. recent review of the medical literature
If you have a question about …
read on Flu rages on
I thought it was safe to go back to the gym.
I’ve skipped the month of January because flu has been at epidemic levels for several weeks now, and just isn’t slowing down like it normally does after a week or two.
at the gym, I’m being more cautious. last year I’m sure I caught the flu
But when I arrived at the gym early …