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Remedies for Seasonal Flu

Influenza or flu is a highly contagious acute viral infection caused by the influenza virus that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally , the lungs. The World Health Organization said that there are 3 types of seasonal influenza: type A, B, and C. Type A and B are the most common flu that is why they are included in seasonal influenza vaccines. Here are some helpful tips on how to prevent flu:

Increase fluid intake. Drinks lots of water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration. This way, you are also increasing your intake of Vitamin C which is very good to prevent flu.

Vaccination. This is the safest and best way to prevent flu and may be given as early as 6 months of age.

Wash hands frequently. This will help lessen the chance of transmitting any virus from hand to mouth, nose, or eyes.

Add caloric intake by switching from a soft diet to regular diet.

Cover mouth when coughing and sneezing to prevent the spread of viruses.

Get enough rest of 7 to 8 hours to strengthen your immune system.

 Take in antipyretics like paracetamol every 4 hours for fever. If children experience fever for more than 3 days, it is best to seek your doctor.

The Clean Air Project

The air we breath is becoming more and more contaminated making people’s goal of staying healthy more and more difficult too. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is the ‘contamination of the indoor and outdoor environment by any chemical, physical, or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.’  These substances can impair health that can cause discomfort to humans, animals, and the environment.

As the new year begins, let us take our part in reducing air pollution. These acts could be low profile, but if done by every single person could contribute to massive enforcing of a clean and healthy air. Here are some simple tips that we could observe in cleaning up the air: (now that’s a new year’s resolution for the environment this time.)

Reduce what you throw. Remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Use fuel efficiently. Avoid using wood, charcoal or kerosene for cooking. Instead, use LPG or electricity.

Avoid burning waste like dried leavesYou could instead compost dead leaves which is good as fertilizer for your garden.

Use your engine responsibly. Use less energy by making sure that your vehicles comply with emission standards. Try also joining a carpool or commute when possible.

Conserve electricity. Turn off appliances or lights that are not being used.

Do not smoke in public places, or don’t smoke at all. :)

 

The Lazy Eye

Lazy eye or amblyopia is the eye condition marked by reduced vision wherein one eye is strong and the other is weak, hence the term ‘lazy’. Amblyopia almost always affects only one eye but may sometimes affect both and an approximate 3% of children under 6 years old have some form of this disease. Trauma to the eye at any age can cause this disease, as well as a strong uncorrected refractive error (nearsightedness or farsightedness) or strabismus (cross-eyed or wall-eyed), in which both eyes are not aligned under normal conditions. 

Amblyopia should be corrected as early as possible before the brain learns to entirely ignore vision in the affected area. There are lazy eye treatment options that parents can consider to have their child’s vision corrected. These options include:

Corrective eyewear. This is prescribed to children with lazy eyes developed as a result of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.

Eye patches. Disposable non-stick eye patches are available in children’s sizes to stimulate the weaker eye by patching the stronger eye for atleast 2 or more hours a day depending on the severity of the lazy eye.

Eyedrops. Atropine eyedrops that temporarily blur vision in the stronger eye are an alternative to eye patches.

Surgery. This is recommended if a child has severely crossed or deviating eyes. The eye muscles my benefit from surgical repair.

 

Dealing with Insect Bites

It is usual for a kid to often come home to mom and complain about an itch. Chances are, he was bitten by an insect while playing in the schoolyard. There’s a whole battalion of bugs out there to sting, bite, chomp and clamp your kids tender skin. When going outdoors, let your child wear white or khaki-colored clothing, use insect repellant and avoid putting sweet-scented fragrances on them.

For minor insect bites
Symptoms:
Skin iritations
Tiny prick marks on skin
Mild to intense itch
Small red bumps on the skin which may be painless or with a burning sensation
First Aid Tips:
If the area is itchy, do not scratch it for the skin may break and get infected. Use finger pads instead of nails to stroke the bitten part.
Wash the infected area thoroughly with soap and cold water.
Apply calamine lotion to soothe the itchy area.
Most insect bites are minor annoyances but some may need medical help. For dangerous insect bites from mosquitoes infected with dengue or malarial parasites, immediate medical attention is advised.

Better Posture Equals Fewer Headache

Subjecting your head and neck muscles to prolonged strain can cause them to stiffen, leading to a tension headache. Maintaning good posture and avoiding repetitive motions can help avoid such problems. The following suggestions may also reduce muscle tension:

  1. Avoid excessive gum-chewing that can tighten jaw muscles.
  2. Avoiding cupping the telephone between your shoulder and ear. If you use the telephone often, you may want to invest in a headset.
  3. Try not to clench your jaw or grind your teeth.
  4. Don’t rest your chin on your chest while reading.
  5. Keep your computer monitor at eye level.

Allergic to Cats Than Dogs?

Allergic reactions are set off by proteins released by animals. These proteins can be from dander or dried skin flecks. Both cats and dogs produce these, but cats have an additional allergenic element. As a cat licks itself, proteins in saliva dry on the fur, and then flake off into the air. Allergy-prone people may be particularly susceptible to these airborne proteins.

Does a cat make you sneeze? Most people aren’t really allergic to cats, just to the allergens that collect in a cat’s fur.

Spending three minutes in a bath tub can remove 79 percent of the allergens on most cats. But the effect doesn’t last. The bath has to be repeated every week to be effective.

Summer Skin Care Tips

Glowing and clear skin requires a healthy diet, lots of water, exercise and plenty of rest. Skin crises on the other hand, are caused by a number of things. First, stress triggers skin breakouts and rashes. Exposure to excessive dirt can cause blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. It is important to wash your face with a mild cleanser at least twice a day. Alcohol and smoking also cause wrinkles, lines, and discoloration so avoid them if you can.

For facial care, avoid using regular soaps as they can leave considerable amounts of residue that aggravate clogging and infection. Rinse thoroughly and refresh your face further after cleansing using a toner to remove any excess cleanser and to help the skin return to a normal ph balance. Exfoliate dead skin cells using a product with alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA), then moisturize (optional if you have oily skin) and finish off with a sunscreen.

Take care of the skin on the neck and chest as well as they are the first to show the telltale signs of aging. Use a facial cleansing cream to hydrate these areas and finish with a facial moisture cream.

Apply a moisturizer for the rest of your body especially the hands, and put on sun block with a high sun protection factor (SPF) when going outdoors or before hitting the beach.

Another great tip to achieve great skin is to load up with fresh tomatoes. The fruit is especially beneficial when cooked as more of the carotenoid lycopene makes it into the skin, where it can limit UV damage to lower skin-cancer risk. Proper care and tomatoes are indeed a great combination to great skin this summer.

How to Stay Young and Great Looking

Youthfulness and beauty seem to go hand in hand together. As you get older, some beauty spoilers start appearing so it is best to take preventive measures early on to preserve your young and glowing look. Here are wonderful tips that work:

  • Get defensive on your skin with a daily SPF. This helps prevent wrinkles, blotches, and protects skin from cancer and other diseases.
  • Avoid foods that have anything with a dark pigment like wine, soy sauce and coffee as these may cause yellowish teeth. You may chop on apples, carrots and cucumbers instead that naturally cleanse the teeth.
  • Drink green tea to boost the skin’s elastic tissue.
  • Do a 20-minute cardiovascular exercise 4 or 5 times a week to beat the bulges.
  • Add saltwater fish in your diet that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which help regulate skin’s glow and luster.
  • Maintain your healthy hair by using a hot oil treatment weekly and massage a deep conditioner unto your scalp.

Fuel for Exercise

Your body needs fuel for exercise, but eating a large meal right before working out can cause discomfort. Exercising muscles draws blood away from the stomach, slowing digestion and causing stomach upset. To avoid this, wait 1 hour to 4 hours after a meal before exercising. The larger the meal, the longer you should wait.

If you haven’t eaten in several hours, however, your fuel tank will be on empty. A small snack (such as yogurt , half a bagel, or a piece of fruit) eaten 30 minutes to 60 minutes exercise will boost flagging blood sugar levels without causing you nausea or indigestion.

Carbohydrate is your body’s preferred fuel, so include whole grains starchy vegetables, fruit, or non-fat or low-fat dairy products in meals and snacks eaten before workout. Liquid meals, such as milk and fruit smoothies, are also an option. Avoid high-fat foods, because they slow digestion. It’s important to drink enough water during exercise.

The Fight Against Hyperpigmentation

Women with darker skin may not show too many blemishes and flaws, but they are not really free of them. In fact, they are more prone to hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, that can last months or years.

Skin experts said there are treatments for hyperpigmentation, whether the dark areas are confined to the surface of the skin or have penetrated to the deeper layers. To fade skin discoloration, applying topical medications containing hydroquinone, retinoic acid, and hydrocortisone is prescribed. Dermabrasion or chemical peels work better for dark areas deep in the skin. For both treatments, using sunscreen with high skin protection factor is needed for long-term maintenance.