Ever wondered just how effective those tablets your Doctor prescribed for a common cold really are?

October 23, 2012

That’s exactly what I ended up wondering after returning home with a shopping bag full of antibiotics, pain medications, mucus relievers and other smarty-like tablets. Wow, I’m starting to sound like one of those neurotic people that goes to the Doctor for the faintest of sniffles but in reality, I only really get a cold every winter season and most do go away on their own; but my latest one seems to have become super resilient to what I term my “inner fighting abilities” because I just couldn’t seem to rid myself of the cold symptoms well into the second week.

So what did my research uncover? Overall findings show that my common cold is a result of viruses and not bacteria however antibiotics are used to treat bacterial invasions and not viruses… interesting… so why all the antibiotics especially considering using antibiotics when there is no infection, can be both harmful and can lead to possible allergic reactions when overused?

One of the main reasons behind the recommendation of antibiotics for colds is that they have been found to help in treating cough symptoms with a recent study being performed on children with colds and accompanying cold symptoms. The main benefit found here was that antibiotics and anti-tussive medications (Capable of relieving or suppressing coughing) or a combination of both helps alleviate coughing which can be quite intense in children and infants so there may be a high possibility that giving antibiotics to alleviate coughing allows the child’s “inner fighting abilities” to kick-into-gear, assisting it in treating the actual cold.

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So if your “inner fighting ability” has taken an early Christmas vacation or just down-tooled on you, don’t fret… perhaps take treatment measures from the onset the natural way and if this doesn’t work, you can always make that appointment with your GP for the inevitable recommendation of antibiotics; if only to treat your coughing.

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The Dreaded Sneeze

October 17, 2012
Allergies/Hayfever, grass, allegen, homeopathy

Allergen

Sneezing is regarded as a forceful, sudden, uncontrolled burst of air through the mouth and nose.

What causes Sneezing?

Sneezing is usually caused by an irritation to the mucus membranes of the throat and nose and not usual a sign of a serious problem. Sneezing is a response from the sinus passages attempting to clear its passages of foreign objects.

Sneezing can be triggered by:

  • Flu and cold.
  • Allergens such as pollen, dust, mold and dander that you may be allergic too.
  • Inhalation of drugs.
  • Triggers such as air pollution, certain medicines, powders, spicy food and strong emotions.
  • Breathing in corticosteroids.

The nose acts as a filtration device, and it removes the allergens by expelling them in a sneeze. The allergens that enter the nose are made up of tiny particles and it can take multiple sneezes to remove the irritants.


Homecare for Sneezing

The best way to control sneezing is to avoid exposure to allergens. Preventions or Ways to reduce the exposure:

  • Minimize animal dander by removing pets from home.
  • Go places with low pollen counts.
  • Air filters may be used to reduce pollen in the air.
  • Change furnace filters.
  • Kill dust mites by washing linens in hot water.
  • Remove carpets – if carpets can’t be replaced by a solid, then it must be cleaned thoroughly and frequently.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture, draperies, and other fabric items that cannot be washed, removed, or replaced regularly.
  • Remove as much clutter as possible to make cleaning easier.
  • Damp dusting using a dampened cloth or an oiled mop will minimize the distribution of dust through the air.

Baby’s Room – Special Tips

  • Wood or plastic chairs are best for baby’s room.
  • Use dust-proof casings for all bedding.
  • Stuffed animals should never be placed in the crib and should be washable.
  • Animal fur and dander is a potential allergen so best to keep pets out of the baby’s room.
  • Overhead mobiles and wall hangings collect dust.

In most cases, moving out of the house where there is a mold spore problem can be helpful. Sneezing that is not caused by an allergy will disappear when illness causing it, is treated or cured.

 

Natural Treatment for Sneezing

SinusWars1 is a natural remedy that helps your body to build up a resistance against allergens, which cause your body to react violently resulting in unpleasant symptoms such as sneezing, running nose, headaches etc.

SinusWars1- Allergy Force (Comprehensive Allergy Treatment) treats the following symptoms:

  • ALL TYPES OF ALLERGIES
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Itchy and irritated eyes
  • Allergies caused by pets, dust, pollen, dairy products, colorants and grasses
  • HayfeverSinusWars Products
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Skin Allergies
  • Sinus Allergies
  • Fungal Allergies
  • Headaches and pain caused by allergies
  • Snoring
  • A runny nose
  • Congested sinuses

 

When to contact a Doctor

An individual must contact his/her health care provider if sneezing is affecting his/her life and when home remedies do not work.

 

Websites
USA: http://www.sinuswars.com/index.asp
Canada: http://www.sinuswars.ca/
United Kingdom: http://www.sinuswars.co.uk/


Why do people say “God bless U” when someone sneezes?

October 11, 2012

The expression of saying “God bless you” after sneezing may have originated from a superstition, and every culture has different superstitions…

In Europe around the  Middle Ages, it was believed that one’s life was tied to one’s breath, the word expire originally meaning “to exhale” and then later on gaining the additional meaning of “to come to an end” or “to die”.  Therefore when one sneezed, a significant amount of breath was expelled from the body which led people to believe that sneezing could easily be fatal.

In certain parts of Eastern Asia a sneeze without an obvious cause was perceived as a sign that someone was talking about the sneezer at that very moment (ohhh… scary!).

Polish Culture believed that sneezes may be an ill-fated sign that one’s mother-in-law is speaking ill of their son-in-law at that moment. The same phenomenon is thought to correspond to a daughter-in-law and their respective mother-in-law.

In other parts of the world it was believed that a human’s soul is centrally located in the head, in the form of air. They believed that the soul may be expelled through sneezing, so they needed God’s blessing to prevent this form from happening.

Some ancient cultures believed that sneezing forced evil spirits out of the body and as such could endanger other people nearby. A blessing was believed to protect the person sneezing as well as the people around him/her.

Interesting facts about sneezing include

  • A sneeze can travel at the speed of 100 mph;
  • People do not sneeze when they are sleeping since the nerves are also resting;
  • 18% and 35% of the population sneeze when they are exposed to bright light;
  • People may sneeze due to plucking of eyebrows, since the nerve endings in the face are irritated and then fire a certain impulse that reaches the nasal nerve.