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WITH COLD SORES
At this time of year many of us suffer with recurrent cold
sores. Though not directly caused by weather conditions, cold
sores can occur at this time of year if you are generally
in low health and can be doubly painful in the cold or outside,
although it is almost impossible to avoid getting cold sores,
there are several things which you can do in order to ensure
you minimise the discomfort.
Dab Tea Tree Oil on the cold sore it helps to heal
quicker and takes away the discomfort.
Do not touch your eyes when you have a cold sore
infection and take extra care when applying or removing
Do not kiss people, especially children, when you
have a cold sore.
Do not have oral sex when either you or your partner
are suffering from a cold sore - this may lead to genital
Do not break the blister or pick the scab which appears
on your cold sore. Not only are you likely to infect your
fingers with the virus but you may infect the sore with
Do not share your eating or drinking utensils.
Do not share towels or face cloths with other people
in your household.
Do wash your hands thoroughly if you accidentally
touch a cold sore or when applying any medication you may
be using on it.
Often treated as a joke, constipation can be a real problem
for some. With all the calories and extra food we consume
over the festive period people who suffer from constipation
can find the condition worsens at this time of year.
Constipation is the term used to describe irregular bowel
actions, hard motions or difficulty in passing faeces. It
is twice as common in women as it is in men and increases
with age. A recent study revealed that 10 per cent of adults
believed they had suffered from constipation during the previous
fortnight. Those results may have stemmed from the widespread
belief that the bowels should be opened daily and that failure
to do so will cause any number of complaints ranging from
headaches to depression. In fact, one medical study has shown
that the average person may pass faeces as little as twice
a week or as often as three times every day.
There is no doubt that as far as the treatment is concerned,
the natural way is the best by far. The standard western diet
of far too few foods which provide fibre. An apple a day, an
orange or a meal consisting of some lightly cooked vegetables
will certainly keep the doctor away. Only rarely will laxatives
be required to help ease your bowel movements and in such cases
your doctor's advise should be sought. Constant use of laxatives
will cause as many dangers as regular constipation can.
Make it one of your New Year's resolutions to have an adequate
first aid kit in your home. A few tatty bandages and odd
paracetamol tablets will not do. Every home should have
a designated box containing a few essential items, kept
clean and up to date and always out of the reach of children.
Use an easily cleaned plastic tub, preferably with a lid
and always keep items in their original packaging to avoid
confusion. A good kit should contain:-
sting relief cream
selection of gauze and crepe bandages
self adhesive strip
wide selection of self adhesive plaster