For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms. To prevent overuse of these drugs, it’s important to know when home remedies can be used instead of antibiotics.
“If your child has an ear infection, consider using over-the-counter pain relievers in place of antibiotics,” says Tiffany Casper, D.O., a Mayo Clinic Health System family physician. “Children’s ear infections usually improve within two to three days, especially for kids who are 2 years or older. If your child’s health does not improve within a few days, it would be wise to take them in to see their provider.”
“Instead, Dr. Casper suggests offering your child warm liquids, such as tea or soup. These can have a soothing effect and loosen mucus. Over-the-counter saline nasal drops or saline spray also can loosen nasal mucus. Try running a cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room or using steam from a hot shower for additional relief.
Strep throat is caused by bacteria. However, most children with the symptoms of strep throat have a virus, explains Dr. Casper. “You should ask for a strep throat test before turning to antibiotics to cure your child’s symptoms,” she says.
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For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms.
“Children’s ear infections usually improve within two to three days, especially for kids who are 2 years or older. If your child’s health does not improve within a few days, it would be wise to take them in to see their provider,” says Tiffany Casper, D.O., a Mayo Clinic Health System family physician.
Dr. Casper recommends antibiotics for an ear infection if:
• Your child is 6 months old or younger.
• Your child is between 6 months and 2 years old and has moderate to severe pain.
• Your child is 2 years old or older and experiencing severe symptoms.
Ice cream, frozen fruit pops or cold beverages may soothe a sore throat. Older children can try gargling salt water or sucking on throat lozenges. Always encourage your child to get enough rest, so his or her body has a chance to recover.
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During cold or humid months, our skin doesn’t get the amount of hydration and moisturization it needs to stay healthy and supple.
They say your lips give away the hydration levels of your body. Dry, damaged and chapped lips usually mean that the body needs more fluids.
Warm water, soups, and green tea are your best friends for healthy hydration in cold months. In addition, here are some natural fixes to get smooth lips in winters.
1. Almond Oil
5. Beetroot Juice
6. Tomato Juice
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New Delhi: As expected, the national capital recorded high pollution levels on Friday morning, just a day after Diwali celebration, amid a ban on the sale of firecrackers ordered by the Supreme Court.
According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), by 11 am, the overall PM 2.5 in Delhi hit ‘severe’ levels, with a reading of 574 ug/m3, and PM 10 also touched ‘critical levels’ of 517 ug/m3, posing health risks to residents, especially those living with chronic conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, etc.
Asthma cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be managed. Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell and produce extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe. Here are some home remedies that may help prevent an asthma attack and provide relief from symptoms:
Ginger can be taken in various forms – just cut one inch of ginger, peel and grate it. Add grated ginger to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool and drink it.
Garlic is packed with a number of compounds that provide relief from the asthma symptoms.
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Dry, brittle, and damaged nails can be not only unsightly – even if you’re the only one who notices them – but they can indicate low levels or deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals.
Give these remedies a try for strong and shiny nails that your friends will envy!
1. Make sure you’re getting enough essential vitamins
2. Drink lots of water
3. But avoid water on your nails
4. Get plenty of protein in your diet
5. Keep your nails cut short and moisturize
Read the full article at New Idea
More than 2,000 years ago, “Hippocrates described gout as a disease of kings primarily because it was the wealthy who could afford the ‘rich’ foods, which seemed to precipitate gouty attacks.” Today, however, we can all eat like kings and acquire some diseases of royalty ourselves.
Gout is caused by needle-sharp crystals of uric acid in our joints. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, which are the breakdown product of genetic material—DNA, the foundation of all life. So, “there is no such thing as a purine-free diet, but foods do vary in their purine content.”
The Harvard Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which followed about 50,000 men for a dozen years, found that alcohol intake was “strongly associated with an increased risk of gout.” In terms of food, they found “an increased risk of gout with higher meat consumption or seafood consumption,” but not with higher consumption of purine-rich plant foods.
Lack of association between purine-rich vegetables and the rate could be due to the co-packaging of these “beneficial plant components (such as vitamin C, dietary fiber or some phytochemicals), which may have masked an effect of purine on [uric acid].
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This goes without saying that tobacco consumption in any form can have adverse effects on your health. Many recent studies have linked tobacco consumption to infertility in men and women. Some of them indicate that as compared to the non-smokers, active smokers are 14 percent more likely to be infertile and 26 percent women more likely to have early menopause.
Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of pregnancy complications, low birth weight, and birth defects. Risk of miscarriages may increase with regular smoking. Similarly, men may also face an of health problems such as hormonal issues, erectile dysfunction, and reduced libido. Since prevention is always better than cure, here are some natural ways to kick the butt and quit tobacco.
1. Drink lots of fluids
Drinking plenty of water can help curb the habit of chewing or smoking tobacco as it will flush out nicotine faster. Other fluids like green tea, black tea and coffee may be very effective during the withdrawal period.
2. Dried ginger and lemon
Ginger is known to contain sulfur compounds that help in reducing symptoms of tobacco addiction. All you need to do is to soak small pieces of ginger in lemon juice and mix it with pepper and store it in a container. Suck a piece whenever you feel the urge to smoke or chew tobacco.
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Be honest. Do you know you keep your partner awake at night with snores that could only be described as akin to those a farm animal makes? Or are they the ones who get an elbow to the ribs when they let out an echoing snore around the bedroom?
It would be helpful to get some tips on how to stop it, right? Here are the best tips to stop snoring with some simple lifestyle changes.
1. Maintain a healthy weight and diet
2. Try to sleep on your side
3. Avoid alcohol before going to bed
4. Quit or cut down on smoking
5. Keep your nasal passages clear
6. Try an over-the-counter remedy
7. Visit your GP
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A doctor’s prescription for antibiotics to treat a relatively minor but nagging affliction often triggers a sense of gratitude. “Where would I be without modern medicine?” we might ask. The answer may make us shudder: we might not be at all. Even with all of the problems of today, we console ourselves, it’s good to live in the 21st century.
Nonetheless, pre-modern doctors were not completely without resources. Here are five that have stood the test of time, according to a BBC report:
Medicines made from willow bark were prescribed by ancient Egyptians and Greeks as an antidote for pain. Salicylic acid is also used in preparations to clear acne and other skin conditions.
Considered “a good treatment for warts,” according to Nicolas Culpeper’s Complete Herbalist (1826), the sap from the milkweed plant was found to contain ingenol mebutate, which inhibits human tissue from replicating.
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The world is looking to the Far East for inspiration in skin care routines. Already, the Korean secrets are now being researched by the biggest cosmetic houses in a bid to create new lines. One of the simplest and most effective ones is the use of rice water as a skin beauty aid. This has immense benefits which include:
Reduces acne and open pores
Rice water cleansing helps to control oily skin and will minimize acne and enlarged clogged pores. Simply wash a cupful of rice and allow it to soak in one cup of water for half an hour.
Brightens the skin tone
Rice water is a used to brighten and even out the skin tone naturally. For it to work well, it should be used in a fermented state. Fermented rice water is very rich in antioxidants and nutrients. The combination of the nutrients works to give the skin a translucent effect.
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