If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and saw a pimple-looking dot on your mouth that hurts a lot, you’re not alone — but it’s not always something as simple as a blemish. The inflamed bump may be a cold sore, which is super familiar. (Right now, about 50 to 80 percent of Americans have been exposed to the virus.) And because there is currently no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1), once you are infected the virus remains in your system for life, says Sonia Batra, a board-certified dermatologist and co-host of the show The Doctors. We tapped the experts to find out how to soothe, treat, and prevent cold sore flare-ups.
How to Spot Them
Cold sores might get confused with pimples, ingrown hairs, and canker sores, but they’re easy to spot once you realize what the symptoms are and how they differ. A cold sore will often appear outside the mouth on the skin of the lip, rather than inside (like a canker sore), and it’ll resemble a small cluster of white blisters, rather than a singular dot, says Batra. And pimples tend to have a central white plug whereas cold sores do not, Agrawal adds.
How to Treat Them
Realize that cold sores are contagious until they are entirely gone. “It is thought that cold sores are less contagious once they scab over, but you are still contagious until they go away completely, which typically takes about two weeks,” says Batra.
How to Prevent Them
Cold sores tend to recur when the immune system is relatively weak, like when you have a terrible cold. “To reduce their frequency, support the immune system with healthy habits including adequate sleep, exercise, and stress minimization,” says Batra.
HOUSTON – Women are more at risk than men, with one in eight women developing thyroid problems in her lifetime, especially after pregnancy and menopause. If you notice symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, constipation or depression, seek treatment from your doctor, but you can also bring treatment into your home with how you live.
It’s only a few centimeters long, but the thyroid plays a significant role.
An estimated 27 million Americans, half undiagnosed, suffer from thyroid disease. Natural remedies are not a cure, but they can lower stress, prevent disease, and make you feel better. A healthy diet, focusing on citrus fruits, leafy greens, coconut oil, ginger, and whole grains like quinoa and buckwheat can offer antioxidants and vitamin B12. Studies show that apple cider vinegar boosts metabolism and weight loss; a significant issue with hypothyroidism.
Women’s Health Network states that your stress response can directly influence thyroid function because the stress hormone cortisol can inhibit high thyroid stimulating hormones. Getting adequate sleep, meditating, practicing breathing exercises, and taking time to relax can counter unnecessary stress.
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TEMECULA – Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a painful condition in which stomach acid flows up the esophagus and into the mouth. Sometimes called dyspepsia, acid reflux or heartburn, GERD can generate a fiery sensation in the chest and throat that can range from mild to severe.
GERD can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity. In the United States, approximately 20 percent of the population has GERD, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Five million Canadians experience heartburn or acid regurgitation at least once each week, according to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.
In many mild to moderate cases of reflux, individuals can rely on lifestyle changes and natural remedies to prevent symptoms.
First, avoid food triggers. Certain foods and beverages, such as greasy or spicy recipes and alcoholic beverages, can make GERD symptoms strike. Acidic foods, chocolate, onions, carbonated beverages, and caffeinated beverages also may trigger GERD.
Fasting before bedtime can help. Avoid eating food and consuming beverages two to three hours before bedtime.
Lose weight. According to the Center for Esophageal Motility Disorders at Vanderbilt University, obesity is the leading cause of GERD. Extra stomach fat puts pressure on the abdomen, pushing gastric acids into the esophagus. Losing weight can reduce this pressure.
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More than a million pensioners risk worsening their chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke by taking herbal remedies alongside statins and warfarin, researchers have warned.
A new study found older people on the life-saving drugs are often also taking three or more herbal supplements, such as St John’s Wort or ginseng, which can reduce their effect.
Published in the British Journal of General Practice, the study surveyed patients at two surgeries and found that one-third of those over 65 were taking both prescribed drugs and herbal remedies.
According to the survey, women were around twice as likely to use prescribed medicine alongside a dietary supplement to men, 43.4 percent compared to 22.5.
The most commonly used dietary supplements were cod liver oil, glucosamine, multivitamins, and vitamin D.
While common herbal medicinal products were evening primrose oil, valerian, and a branded herbal product that includes hops, gentian, and passion flower.
The study suggested that doctors print warnings about the risks of herb interactions on prescriptions and that pharmacists should be trained to ask customers what herbal supplements they are taking.
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If you found a live frog in your mouth in 19th or 20th century Ireland, it probably wasn’t a kiss attempt gone awry. You were just probably trying to draw out its healing powers to cure a toothache.
If that didn’t work, you could try sucking on cloves. Or drinking water from the Holy Well. There was also the option of taking a tooth from a corpse.
These cures are among the many found in new research by Dr. Carol Barron of DCU’s school of nursing and human sciences and her research assistant, Tiziana Soverino, published in the Journal of the History of Dentistry.
Over 400 of the cures addressed in the folklore were for treatment of an aching tooth. They were categorized into plant and mineral, quasi-medical and magico-religious cures.
Other cures were slightly more quotidian than the frog method. Salt and water were two of the most widely used curative substances. Potatoes were kept in pockets acting as an amulet to ward off a toothache, and infected teeth were often packed with tobacco.
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Due to the change in weather, seasonal allergies or excessive use of air conditioners, a common problem that most people face from time to time is a sore throat. Just like a cold, a sore throat can be frustrating as you deal with the annoying itch and pain in your throat.
While there are many medications that one can take to get rid of a sore throat, you can also resort to natural home remedies to ease the condition and build your immunity.
1. Pepper water
The fact that black pepper is an incredible ingredient when it comes to fighting cold, cough and flu is not unknown. Thanks to the presence of the essential oil called piperine, which helps in fighting viruses and bacterial infection, and in relieving chest congestion.
2. Ginger, honey and lemon
This has got to be one of the most common remedies you will come across in most Indian households. Gingerol in ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Honey is known as a natural healer and an antibiotic. And lemon with its high Vitamin C content can help boost the immune system and fight off infection.
3. Haldi doodh
Haldi doodh or turmeric latte may be getting a lot of attention in the recent years, but since the ancient times, it has been a part of Indian traditional diet. Turmeric is known for its miraculous properties because of its rich bio active compounds called curcumin. As such it is a great antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunity boosting agent. It also helps in breaking up mucus and provide pain relief.
Bach flower remedies, which you may know as “rescue remedy”, were created in the 1930s by the English physician Edward Bach. He produced 38 remedies for a variety of emotional states such as “for those who have fear”, “for insufficient interest in present circumstances” and “for despondency or despair”.
Bach’s therapeutic claims were supposedly based on his personal connection to flowers. He is said to have determined the therapeutic benefit of a particular remedy by the emotion he experienced while holding different flowers.
The remedies were prepared by floating the cut flower heads in pure spring water and leaving them in the sun, or boiling them, for a few hours. The resulting dilute stock was kept as a 50:50 solution of brandy and water for decanting to his patients as required.
A review of studies evaluating the evidence for claims made by Bach flower remedies was published in 2010. All six placebo-controlled trials failed to demonstrate any differences between flower remedies and placebos.
The Bach rescue remedy is listed as a medicine on the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (although many other Bach flower remedies are not). The listing states it contains “homeopathic ingredients” that have been “traditionally used to relieve feelings of anxiety, nervous tension, stress, agitation or despair and provide a sense of focus and calm”.
Listed medicines are allowed to make “low level” health claims and, although they are meant to hold information to substantiate their claims, unlike registered medicines, they’re not required to produce the evidence prior to marketing. Listed medicines are assessed by the TGA for quality and safety, but not efficacy.
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Many of us rely on pain relievers to help us work through pains and aches in our bodies.
However, drugs, whether prescription or over the counter, can come with unpleasant side effects, which is why some recommend using natural remedies you may have never heard of.
Instead of taking medicines like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, Perlstein says she’s found complete relief from natural remedies, like arnica, which is derived from a plant in the daisy family.
Internal medicine physician Ken Redcross says he’s seen many of his patients make the switch from western medicine to eastern remedies.
Help for pain that’s considered chronic and for anyone already taking a handful of prescription medications, they should talk with their doctor before trying a natural remedy.
It is not difficult to understand why the government has been pressing so hard for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. This because, measles is a highly contagious disease that can be spread by simply breathing in the infected air.
While vaccination is the only way to prevent measles, here are some natural ways of curing it, once the virus hits you.
Tamarind seeds and turmeric: A mix of equal amount of powdered tamarind seeds and turmeric is an efficient healer of measles.
Liquorice: Half a teaspoon of liquorice root ground into powder along with a little drop of honey can cure you effectively from measles.
Margosa leaves: With its antiviral and antiseptic properties that adequately beat measles, margosa leaves do wonder in giving you relief from itching due to the rash. It can be added to hot bathing water.
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Suffering from a dry, achy throat? You’re not alone. Sore throat is one of the most common ailments Americans experience each year, especially when the seasons are changing. In fact, shifts in barometric pressure and an uptick in seasonal allergens can irritate the throat and weaken the immune system, causing sore throats.
No matter the cause, if you are on a mission to soothe a sore throat and get back on the mend, try these natural remedies and tips:
1. Harness the superpowers of honey.
Honey is a sore throat go-to for a reason. The sweet stuff feels (and tastes) great on a scratchy throat, plus it has major inflammation-fighting power. If your sore throat is coupled with a cough, you might want to try a little honey before bed. One study found that honey was able to relieve nighttime cough and cold symptoms as effectively as an over-the-counter cough suppressant.
2. Gargle salt water.
A salt-water gargle might seem simple, but science says it can do wonders for your sore throat. Studies have found that gargling a mix of warm water and salt can help thin and loosen mucus buildup, clearing the way for a pain-free throat.
3. Sip on bone broth.
Bone broth offers a boost to your immune system, which can help you combat a cold. Some believe that inhaling the water vapors from warm liquids and soups are to credit for their throat-soothing capabilities, but one study found that sipping chicken soup through the straw of a covered container still provided significant nasal-mucus-clearing improvements.
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