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How to Make a Sore Throat Feel Minor with a Few Helpful Tips

A sore throat is, oftentimes, the first sign you notice that sickness is approaching. To some, this could be the worst part of being sick due to your throat hurting and being so sore that it is hard to eat or drink! With the insight of a few out many helpful remedies, you can avoid a sore throat from ruining or putting a halt to your day.

Sore Throat Remedies 

Humidifiers add moisture to the air, and with a sore throat, you may experience dryness which contributes to the pain and irritation when you swallow or talk. Adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil can help enhance your benefits. If a humidifier isn’t at your convenience, you can prepare a hot shower; close the bathroom door and meditate in the steamy air.

Honey used for healing! Honey is one of many traditional methods of naturally treating sore throats. In the NCBI research article, results verify that honey is an exponential source to healing wounds; therefore the process of healing your sore throat can be increased as well. Honey can be added to your favorite tea, in hot water or even consumed by itself.

Peppermint Tea has many antiviral benefits to help treat and restore a healthful throat. Peppermint is great for adding a cooling effect to soothe inflamed throat tissue and reduce pain caused by swelling. You can either purchase packets off peppermint tea or boil peppermints in hot water.

Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated is key when experiencing a sore throat. Medicine Net notes that “staying hydrated can help ease congestion, thin mucus secretions, and keep the throat moist.” By consistently drinking water, you are preventing the feeling of itchiness and preventing your throat from drying and cracking.

Try to stray away from caffeinated and sugary drinks or foods until your symptoms are cured as these can promote dehydration.

Sleep till you can’t sleep anymore! According to the Chicago Tribune, sleep is when “your body can make more white blood cells that can attack viruses and bacteria that can hinder the healing process.” Sleeping is the time your body restores itself and works over-time to repair its health levels.

And with a sore throat, the less talking, the better!

Popsicles! Ice-cream! Having a sore throat doesn’t have to be the worst thing as you have the excuse to eat as much ice cream or popsicles as you want. This a great option to remaining hydrated and the super coldness helps numb the throat to soothe the pain.

If your sore throat does not improve after a few days, seek out to a doctor to suggest any different over-the-counter or prescribed medication to help target treat your symptoms. I hope everyone stays happy and healthy this fall!!

A Bug Proof Guide Before the Winter

With fall here and the cool weather is coming! That may mean no more worries about outside bugs, but make sure they are not getting warm and cozy in your home.

Insects tend to migrate to temporary shelters, where they can sustain life. Often times, this can be in spaces in your home. Terminex informs us that bugs such as cockroaches, ants, spiders, and mosquitoes cannot withstand extremely cold temperatures given that their bodies are unable to produce heat. This could be the answer to why your pest control calls are more frequent during the fall/winter season. To avoid a new roomie, there are effective approaches to prevent or illuminate this issue.

  1. Bug proof your home before they invade. Go around your home and seal any cracks in the walls, doors, and windows. Get rid of old boxes, clothes, or food that might attract a cozy home for pests. It might be a good idea to spray outside your home and trim nearby trees or bushes.
  2. Research the bugs you notice, so you can have a good idea of why they are coming and how to wipe them out quickly. Not all bugs come for the same reason. According to U.S. News, most bugs intrude for shelter, food, or simply by accident. Once indoors, some may stay for a different reason. U.S. News gives the examples of the brown recluse spider; these critters prefer the dark and stay in closed spaces such as boxes or under papers. The solution to limit the time spent with these spiders would be to practice picking up things off the floor and putting them away.
  3. You should clean frequently. Bugs love mess for their ideal home. Try to sweep, wipe down surfaces regularly, and keep trash thrown out or sealed in bins. Avoid boxes in your home and clothes on the floor or pest may consider the darkness and warmth as shelter.
  4. Keep food put up and stored in sealed areas. Pest USA describes food “as an open invitation” for bugs in your home, so avoid providing a buffet-style feast. As stated in the ThoughCo. Article,” Scientists believe that insects use chemical smell and taste cues…” These cues are sensed by their antennas as a way to reach food or other insects. By eliminating food odors, you are able to limit a source to a possible infestation.
  5. Keep areas in your home dry. Water is one of the three essential elements bugs need to survive.  Pestworld.org suggests that a kitchen or even a bathroom is the “ideal nesting sites for rodents.” As the air outside becomes cooler and dryer, bugs are attracted to pleasant moisture areas such as faucets, showers, kitchen cabinets or near cooking appliances.
  6. Inform your landlord or local pest control of the unbearable problem in your home. Even after all the research and adjustments, some bugs just require a little more push from a professional exterminator. According to peststrategies.com, like mice, bugs such as cockroaches are known to carry unknown diseases. Even if you notice just one, it is best to take the necessary precautions to protect you and your family’s health.

You are the bigger person in this situation, literally. So, don’t let a few bugs ruin your winter plans. Everything and one has their own place in the world and your home for bugs should not be one of them. It is common for bugs to appear in your home, but whether they decide to stay and reproduce is up to you. The key is identifying and removing the source of the problem in the most efficient and quickest way possible.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In October, we wear pink! Each year, October is presented as breast cancer awareness month; an annual campaign to spread awareness of the disease. During this time, you might see a lot of companies, schools, sports games, flyers, events wearing pink or advertising breast cancer. The goal is to educate, celebrate, emphasize, and give support to all individuals who may or may not be affected by this particular cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?

With there being so many forms of breast cancer, in general, it is a disease caused by the overproduction of cell growth in the breast tissues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Each year in the United States, about 245,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,200 in men.” Though survival rates have increased over time, CDC still remains confident being that breast cancer is second-in-line a leading cause in death for women.

Common signs to beware of

Breast cancer is officially diagnosed by a medical professional after a breast screening. Symptoms can vary from each individual, though; sometimes they may or may not be detectable. The National Breast Cancer Foundation adds there are some signs you may still be able to recognize.

  • New lump(s) or tenderness around or in the breast
  • Enlarged pores on the breast skin
  • Change in breast size or shape without an explanation such as swelling or shrinkage
  • Change in breast or nipple color or texture
  • Skin dimpling
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Breast Cancer is one of the many diseases and sicknesses that have taken the lives of many people. This month sympathizes to the passing of those victims or grieving families from breast cancer, along with celebrating those still fighting or recovering from this disease. If you notice you or a loved one may have potential signs of breast cancer or any known history, please seek out to a doctor for a proper physical exam and screening

Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!