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3 Rules To Stay Safe When Using Alternative Medicine

If you have a chronic health condition and you cannot find a way to manage it, no matter what you do, you might be exploring the possibility of alternative medicine. There are some great alternative medicines out there that have been shown to have great results for a lot of people. However, there is also a lot of pseudoscience and bad health remedies that can, in some cases, be very dangerous.

Unfortunately, a lot of people hear horror stories about the bad treatments so they write off all alternative medicines. If you are going to use alternative medicines, you just need to know how to use them safely. These simple tips will help you make the right decisions about your health. 

Stay Safe When Using Alternative Medicine

See A Qualified Professional

You wouldn’t go to a standard doctor if they weren’t qualified (and they wouldn’t be called a doctor in the first place) so why would you go to an unqualified person for alternative medicine? People often think that holistic medicine practitioners have a qualification that they bought online but that isn’t the case. If you see a qualified Naturopathic Practitioner they will have been through the same training that a standard doctor has before then going to a Naturopathic college to learn about different approaches to health. That means they can provide a mixture of traditional methods and alternative medicines and they have a full understanding of your health needs. Before getting any treatment, you should always make sure that the practitioner is qualified. 

Know How To Spot Clever Marketing

There are so many health products out there that do nothing for you, but they are popular because of clever marketing. It’s so easy for companies to put the word ‘natural’ all over the packaging and use a lot of complicated science terms to make it seem as though a lot of research has gone into developing this product and they know what they’re talking about. But that could all just be clever marketing and the product itself might be a placebo or, in worse cases, it could be damaging to your health. So, look past the marketing and start checking what the ingredients are and where they come from. 

Inform Your Doctor About Alternative Treatments

If you are seeing a traditional doctor for any reason, you need to tell them about any alternative medicine treatments you are using, especially if you are being treated by them or recovering from a surgery. If you are taking herbal remedies, for example, these could impact medication that you are taking, sometimes with dangerous results. A lot of people worry that their doctor will try to warn them against alternative medicine or judge them but that isn’t the case. As long as you are using alternative medicines safely, your doctor will work with you to make sure that you are safe and all of your treatments are working as effectively as they can. But they can’t do that if you are not upfront with them. 

Alternative medicines can be very effective, but you need to follow these rules to make sure you are using them safely.

How To Treat Cold Sores In Children

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus. It will interest you to know that cold sore has nothing to do with cold despite the name. Small blisters typically form around the mouth and lip but can also appear on the cheeks, chin, and nose. The cold sore will ooze, form a crust and later heal within two weeks.

In some cases, the infection can occur many times in a child’s life and at the same spot. The virus becomes dormant and settles in the nervous system of the body, and when triggered, is reactivated on the body surface.

 Treat Cold Sores In Children

Common Symptoms Of Cold Sores In Children

The symptoms will manifest differently in children. During the first infection, symptoms may not appear in some children, while others may experience ulcers in and around the mouth and severe flu-like symptoms.

Here are some symptoms of a cold sore:

  • Burning, itching sensation around the mouth, nose, and lips.
  • Small blisters in the mouth and lips that release fluids and later crust over in 2 to 3 days.
  • Soreness in the lip and mouth that clears entirely after 4 to 10 days without leaving any scar.

Since its symptoms are like other health conditions, it is important to visit a healthcare practitioner for your child’s diagnosis.

How Parents Can Help Treat Cold Sores

After your child’s diagnosis, the cold sore treatment will depend on the age, symptoms, how severe the child’s condition is, and their health.

Though some cold sores may take longer than others to heal, the good news is that as a parent, you can always take these measures to ease discomfort:

  • Apply ice to ease your child’s fever and blister pain.
  • Chilled smoothies help soothe the lips and make them tender to avoid dehydration.
  • Do not give your child acidic food during the outbreak. This can irritate the cold sore.
  • If the pain is severe that the kid cannot eat or drink, the paediatrician can prescribe pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen and some antiviral creams to reduce the pain.
  • Avoid triggers such as skin irritation that can cause cold sore by applying lotion or lip bum with zinc oxide or sunscreen before going out.
  • Ensure your child eats a balanced diet, exercises, and gets enough rest.
  • Manage your kid’s stress, which can lead to a cold sore.

How To Prevent Cold Sores From Spreading

Cold sores can be very contagious. They can spread through skin contact, saliva, touching objects that have been in contact with an infected person. To prevent the spread of this infectious condition, observe the following:

  • Ensure your child does not pick or scratch the cold sore. That can lead to the spread of the fever blister to other parts of the body like eyes and fingers.
  • Make sure you wash their toys and other objects they use to play to avoid spreading the disease to other children in the house or around them.
  • As your child gets treatment, do not allow him/her to share utensils, toothpaste, towels, or other objects to avoid spreading through saliva.
  • Avoid sharing clothes and towels during this period.
  • Make sure you wash towels and linens using hot water after use.
  • Clean mats and other household equipment thoroughly after use.
  • If your child actively participates in outdoor activities such as sports, they should avoid these activities during the infection’s active period.

Conclusion

Though there is no cure for cold sore, with the above guidelines, you will be able to safeguard your child’s health and the people around them during the virus infection period.

Easy Steps to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

If you have been considering reducing your carbon footprint or looking into ways you can live more eco-friendly, then it is worth bearing in mind that even the smallest swaps can be beneficial. It is all about making sustainable changes that you can follow through with the day after and to be consistent in your efforts and not be allured by the throwaway culture that the West has become renowned for.

Steps to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

When looking at what your carbon footprint is made up of, it is a collection of activities you do in your life and are created to fulfil a need that causes greenhouse gases to be expelled into the environment. Or simply put your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air by your actions. In many cases, a lot of this carbon dioxide can be counterbalanced or reduced by making small changes to your lifestyle.

While there are no best ways to become eco-friendly, all changes matter, there are some suggestions that can help you get started on the right track to reducing your carbon footprint at home and in life when out and about.

Reuse and Recycle

Reallocating things you don’t need as opposed to simply throwing them away will help you reduce your waste and have a huge impact on your local environment. Head to Pinterest to see how everyday household objects can be reutilised into different things around the home or garden.

If you have to buy new, consider opting for recycled furniture such as recycled plastic garden furniture that is made from other items that have been previously discarded or become unfit for purchase. If you have no use for an item be it furniture or clothing at all then donating to local charity shops or organisations will be able to find a use for items instead just throwing them away.

Utilities

Using less energy around the home such as gas, electricity and water will not only save on your bills but also benefit the environment too. Add layers to your home to reduce heat escaping through doors and windows but adding rugs to hard flooring, curtains over windows and doors and adding blankets and cushions to rooms where people like to sit and relax.

Collect water in water butts or tanks to use for tasks such as watering plants, washing the car etc. Taking showers over bath can help you to conserve water as will avoiding washing dishes under running water and as dishes become finished with. Lower the temperature on your thermostat to reduce heating bills and try to set a timer so as not to waste heat on an empty home or when it isn’t needed.

Shop Local

By swapping your shopping habits to more local stores and sellers, you can reduce the impact your purchase has thanks to reducing the travel time of products to you. Another benefit of shopping local is that you are supporting smaller businesses and putting back into the economy and your local area too. From shopping at local greengrocers and butchers to local creators and coffee shops.

How You Travel

Not everyone can afford to swap their car for a more eco-friendly model but reducing how often you travel by car or even car sharing can cut your carbon footprint dramatically over the course of a year. Going on foot for shorter journeys is more economical for the environment and your finances. If you still need to take car journeys look closely at how you drive and lay off the gas a little bit. Drive slower, ease into your speeds and cut down on how much you use your car’s heating and air conditioning system too.

Change Your Diet

Food can travel many miles before it reaches our plates. While thoughts are still changing on what constitutes a more eco-friendly diet, it is still widely considered that a vegan diet is the best diet to follow. Failing this, vegetarian and pescatarian diets are better for the environment than a carnivorous diet.

Reducing your meat intake, especially red meat is also a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. This is partly due to the processes involved in getting red meat to your plate and due to the grazing habits of cows and the amount of methane gas they produce.

Shopping at local farms for your potatoes, fruits, vegetables and eggs will also help reduce your food mileage and impact how much of a mark you leave on the world due to your lifestyle.