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 Stick to the basics and buy generic
Everyone has a home pharmacy or medicine cabinet: a drawer or cupboard or box where they stash all their over-the-counter (OTC) products and prescription medications.
Bathrooms are the worst place to store medicine. The above-average temperatures and moisture cause drugs to break down faster.
My home pharmacy is a small basin in a kitchen cupboard. I purposefully chose a small container so I …
read on But only if it’s necessary
I’m one of those people whose ears make a lot of earwax, and it builds up and causes problems if I don’t remove it two or three times a year.
I’ve had it done by nurses and doctors and medical assistants in the past. Now I have a simple, inexpensive and safe routine to remove earwax at home.
HOWEVER, it’s important to say that
most … read on Protect your lips
Did you ever stop to wonder how the skin of our lips differs from the skin on the rest of the face?
The skin over our lips is very thin and highly vascular, hence their typical “vermilion” or red color. Our lips also have more nerve endings, making them very tactile and sensitive.
These anatomical differences make our lips attractive and nice for kissing, but they also …
read on What do topical pain relievers do?
A few weeks ago I posted about
how to save money on oral over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Then I decided to look into topical pain relievers. This post provides an overview of what’s available, and how to choose the right one and save money.
I was totally surprised at the scope of products available online and at the drugstore! …
read on Oh, my aching head!
Headaches must be one of the most common health complaints. They affect all age groups, and have any number of underlying causes. Still, most headaches are a minor annoyance at most, and go away with minimal treatment.
But judging by the amount of money spent on over-the-counter pain relievers and headache medications (about half a billion dollars a year), we must be a country in a …
read on A common summer ailment
Few summer ailments are as common as sunburns.
If you or your kids get a sunburn, here are some simple steps you can take to stop the burning and promote healing.
You don’t need to buy a bunch of special or expensive products. The important steps are to stop the burning, treat the pain, and stay hydrated.
Sunscreen—Prevention is key
Use sunscreen! The
… American Academy of read on Allergy vs severe reaction
Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants all belong to the same order of insects,
, so their venoms cause similar reactions if you are stung or bitten. Hymenoptera
People’s bodies react in one of three ways:
85-90% experience a small local reaction—pain, redness and some swelling just around the sting site. 10% experience what is called a “large local reaction”—pain, itching, redness and swelling
read on Spring is mosquito season
Mosquitoes love warm, wet weather. Spring is their favorite season!
Research has shown that
over others. Blame your genes. 😕 mosquitoes prefer certain people
But you won’t always be able to hide behind a tastier friend.
And even though mosquito bites are mostly a seasonal annoyance, in some parts of the country/world mosquitoes carry serious diseases like Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, chikungunya, yellow fever …