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Cold sores - Causes, symptoms and more

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The fluid-filled blisters which usually appear at the edge of the lips, nostrils or chin are called cold sores. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus.

Causes 

  1. High Fever
  2. Having another infection like an infection of respiratory tract
  3. Emotional and psychological stress
  4. Menstruation or hormonal imbalances
  5. Consistent tiredness or fatigue
  6. Exposure to strong sunlight
  7. Any changes in the immune system

 

Symptoms 

  1. Pain in and around the mouth, depending on the area where the blister is formed. 
  2. Mouth ulcers
  3. Swelling of lips
  4. Chewing and Swallowing difficulties due to pain
  5. Sore throat
  6. Swollen glands
  7. Elevated body temperature
  8. Dehydration 
  9. Nausea
  10. Headaches

Home Remedies

Hydrogen peroxide 

Hydrogen peroxide helps to disinfect and heal up the surfaced sore to spread or worsen.

  • Take 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. 
  • You will also need some cotton balls, cotton pads, or facial tissue
  • Soak the cotton balls in hydrogen peroxide
  • Place it directly on the store. Hold for a few seconds.
  • Then dab it again and re-apply. Let the ball stay on the area for about five minutes
  • You can then rinse it off using the same ball.

 

Vitamin E and C foods

The next step here would be eating more of Vitamin E and C foods that fight cold sores. Foods that you can eat here include

  • Red berries, Kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes, red and green peppers, spinach, etc.
  • You can also consume nuts, leafy greens, avocado and whole grains
  • Vitamin enriched oil can be applied on the sore.
  • Almond oil too is rich in vitamin E and can be used.

 

Cornstarch

Cornstarch aids in drying up the cold sores thus hastening the recuperation process.

  • 1 spoon of fresh cornstarch or corn flour. Mix it with same quantity of water.
  • Apply on the cold sores. Let it dry completely. 
  • Rinse off.
  • To the same mixture add 1-2 drops of either tea tree, peppermint or even eucalyptus oil.
  • Mix well and apply. Wash off when dry.

 

Lemon balm

The use of lemon balm is a quick remedy for dealing with cold stores

  • Take any organic lemon balm for lips. Apply on lips and cold sore.
  • Make sure the balm is free of harmful preservatives
  • You can also use tea tree based lemon balm.
  • Take leaves of lemon balm. Crush and puree them. Apply on cold sore.
  • Use lemon balm oil mixed with cornstarch.
posted Sep 13, 2016 by anonymous

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common cold

The common cold is a minor illness, which happens because of the virus. With more than 200 types of  virus around, the common cold keeps adding to the misery. Due to the common cold, many people are forced to stay back home. It is also quite contagious. On the whole, research shows that Americans have 1 billion colds a year.

 

Symptoms

Common cold symptoms include-

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nose block
  • Headaches
  • Light fever
  • Body ache
  • Feeling of being unwell
  • Irritability
  • Rashes in some cases

 

Causes 

As mentioned above, common cold is caused because of viruses. One of the most common types around has to be the rhinovirus, which is responsible for about 10% to 40% of colds. Besides this, coronavirus is the major cause of about 20% of cases. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and parainfluenza virus lead to about 10% of colds each. 

 

Home Remedies

 

The common cold is not really serious but it does create havoc. You feel symptoms of being tired and fatigued along with nose block, constant sneezing, etc. Here are some simple remedies for dealing with this-

 

Inhale steam

mustard oil

For this remedy, you can either use a professional steamer or even heat water over a big pot or pan on the gas. Just make sure that the water is boiling hot. You would also need a big towel to cover your face and prevent steam from escaping.

    •    Take a steamer or pan of hot water. Cover head with the towel. Inhale this steam and exhale deeply.

    •    To this steam add a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil. You can also add any other essential oil. These oils sooth the inflated nasal passage and clear mucus.

    •    You can also run a hot shower in the bathroom. Then inhale the steam.

    •    Right after inhaling steam, blow your nose. This will get rid of mucus.

 

Mustard Oil

nasal spray

A common and yet easily available home remedy for common cold is mustard oil.

    •    Heat mustard oil. When bearable temperature apply on nose, neck and back.

    •    Apply this oil on feet and massage. Cover with socks. This improves breathability.

    •    Burn some garlic cloves in mustard oil. Strain and use this oil for massaging.

    •    You can also inhale the steam of the burning mustard oil.

 

Nasal Spray

nasal spray

You can easily buy a salt or saline water nasal spray in the market. You can make it at home using-

    •    Mixing 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt with 1 teaspoon baking soda.

    •    Place this liquid in an airtight container.

    •    Now add one teaspoon of this mixture to 8 ounces of lukewarm boiled or distilled water.

    •    Use a few drops of this water inside the nasal passage

    •    Put head back in an upward tilt. This allows the nasal drop to reach the back of your nasal passage.

 

Vitamin C

orange

Having a lot of vitamin C is recommended as home remedy for common cold.

    •    Eat more of oranges, sweet lime and even grapefruit. 

    •    Take out a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Drink twice a day.

    •    Avoid the packaged ones.

    •    You can also mix honey, lemon juice with warm water. Drink this 2-3 times.

 

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Athlete's foot

A common fungal infection between the toes in which the skin becomes itchy and sore, followed by cracking and peeling away.

Causes

  1. Contact with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, floors, and shoes.
  2. When feet are exposed to damp and warm conditions, they multiply rapidly.
  3. Thick, tight shoes are more likely to trigger athlete's foot because they squeeze the toes together, creating ideal conditions for the fungus to thrive. 
  4. Athlete's foot commonly spreads around swimming pools and communal showers 

Symptoms

  1. Dry skin,
  2. Itching,
  3. Burning,
  4. Redness of the feet.
  5. Blistering, peeling,
  6. Cracking of the skin,
  7. Bleeding may occur.
  8. Wet and white appearance of affected area

Home Remedies

 
Tea 
 
  • The tannic acid in tea is natural astringent which helps to keep the moisture away. 
  • Steep 5 tea bads in 1 litre of water and allow it to boil. 
  • Let it warm and soak your feet in this concoction.
  • It is suggested you repeat it twice day for best results.

Cinnamon

  • Add 8-10 sticks of Cinnamon in 4 cups of water and boil it for 5 minutes. 
  • Let it steep for 45 minutes more, while it cools.
  • Dip your feet for 15-20 minutes.
Organic Neem oil
 
  • This is enriched with natural pesticides. 
  • Apply the oil using a cotton ball to affected areas everyday before going to bed
 
Yogurt
 
  • The acidophilic bacteria in yogurt act as a natural fighter of fungus. 
  • Apply on affected area and leave for 25-30 minutes and rinse off.

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What is it?

An infectious disease caused by virus - Herpes Varicella Zoster virus resulting in mild fever and a rash of itchy inflamed pimples which turn to blisters and then loose scabs. It mainly affects children but can also be rarely found in adults.

  • This is the most contagious disease and spread by droplets from a sneeze or cough, or by contact with the clothing, bed linens.
  • The blisters formed might ooze which can infect a healthy person.
  • The onset of symptoms is 10 to 21 days after the virus has entered the body.

Symptoms

The symptoms are usually divided into two stages, one before the rashes appear, second after the rashes appear. Below are the details:

Before the rashes appear

  1. Malaise - A general feeling of being unwell (malaise)
  2. Fever
  3. Aching muscles
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Occasional nausea


After the rashes appear

  1. Red small spots appear. Spots may be in some parts of the body or all over the body and it differs from person to person.
  2. They form clusters and blisters build up
  3. They can spread to face, hand, chest, limbs, scalp, behind the ears, stomach.
  4. Within 48 hours of blister formation they start drying up and become itchy
  5. Within a span of 8-10 days scabs are formed which fall by themselves.

 

Home Remedies

Epsom Salt

This is not actually a salt but more of a mineral compound. It relieves the itching and contains sulfate and magnesium that help to reduce inflammation too. 

  • Prepare a bathtub with lukewarm water. Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to it.
  • Make sure that it is mixed well. When salt is dissolved completely, soak in it.
  • Stay in the water for about 15-20 minutes. 
  • Pat dry the body lightly.
  • Epsom Salt can be lightly mixed with water and applied too. Rinse with plain water.

 

Drink herbal tea

You can make a homemade herbal tea that is known for boosting immunity and fighting chickenpox. 

  • Take mixed herbal tea bags. You can also use leaves of chamomile, holy basil, marigold and lemon balm.
  • Boil 1/12 cup of water. When water is reduced add these herbs.
  • Cover with a lid and let the herbs soak. Add some honey to it.
  • Drink this twice a day.
  • You can also cool this tea and use it for bathing. In this case, don’t add honey. 

 

Lavender oil

Lavender oil soothes itching and helps the marks of the pox go away.

  • Dilute a few drops of lavender essential oil with any carrier oil. Ideally, you can use coconut, olive or even almond oil. Mix the two well.
  • Apply on body. Don’t wash off.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.
  • You can also take 10 drops of lavender and chamomile each. Mix in lukewarm water.
  • Bath in this water every day. 

 

Coconut water

Coconut water has soothing properties, making it ideal for patients who have chickenpox.

  • Take fresh coconut water. Apply it all over the body using a cotton ball.
  • You can also mix half coconut water and regular water. Bathe or soak in the same.
  • Drink 2 glasses of coconut water every day. It will soothe the stomach.
  • You can also eat the jelly of the coconut.
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Baldness

Characterized by having little or no hair on the scalp.

Causes

  1. Physical stress
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Too much vitamin A
  4. Lack of protein
  5. Male pattern baldness
  6. Heredity
  7. Female hormones
  8. Emotional stress
  9. Anemia
  10. Hypothyroidism
  11. Vitamin B deficiency
  12. Autoimmune-related hair loss
  13. Dramatic weight loss
  14. Chemotherapy
  15. Polycystic ovary syndrome
  16. Antidepressants, blood thinners, and more
  17. Over-styling
  18. Aging
  19. Anabolic steroids

Symptoms

  1. The typical pattern of male baldness begins at the hairline.
  2. The hairline gradually moves backward and forms an "M" shape.
  3. Eventually, the hair becomes finer, shorter, and thinner, and creates a U-shaped pattern of hair around the sides of the head.

Home Remedies

Aloe Vera 

  • Aloe vera has various health benefits and hair growth is one of them. The enzymes in it help open the clogged hair follicles and allow growth of hair
  • Extract the gel from aloe vera by cutting the leaf like in the picture above
  • Apply this gel to the scalp and massage gently for 4-5 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water after 15-20 minutes
Beetroot leaves
  • Boil 10-15 beetroot leaves in water and wait until they become soft
  • Grind them to form a smooth paste while adding 1 tbsp of henna to it
  • Apply this mixture and leave it for 20-30 minutes
  • Wash with lukewarm water
Gooseberry
  • Cut few gooseberries and allow them to shade dry.
  • Add these to 2 tbsp of coconut oil and heat the oil such that the gooseberries become dark
  • Let the oil cool and apply it thoroughly to the scalp
  • You can also make a paste by adding 2 tsp of dried gooseberry powder to 1 cup boiled water, followed by adding honey and yogurt, 1 tsp each. Apply this to the scalp.
Almond oil 
  • Mix equal proportions of Almond oil and castor oil and apply it to scalp
  • It not just strengthens the existing hair, but also promotes hair growth
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What is Angina?

Angina is a term used for chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina Pectoris is chest pain, discomfort, or tightness that occurs when an area of the heart muscle is receiving decreased blood oxygen supply.

Causes

  1. Emotional stress
  2. Extreme temperatures
  3. Heavy meals
  4. Cigarette smoking
  5. Alcohol

Symptoms

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Nausea
  3. Fatigue
  4. Dizziness
  5. Profuse sweating
  6. Anxiety

Home Remedies 

 
Onion 
 
 
Onion known for it's various health benefits acts as a blood thinner when used for a long duration. Since cholesterol thickens the blood, consumption of onion every day reduces further risk of heart disease. To make the juice, chop the onion finely or use a blender, squeeze it thoroughly to extract the juice.
 
Garlic 
 
 
CosumiConsumingloves of garlic every day helps prevent the occurrence of angina pectoris.
 
Basil leaves
 
 
5-10 leaves of basil chewed raw in the morning on daily basis helps minimize the effect of angina pectoris
 
Lemon and honey
 
 
Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of warm water and add a tsp of honey to it. Mix it well and drink it empty stomach in the morning. This addresses cholesterol and angina at the same time.
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