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allergies

Ears, Nose & Throat
January 26, 2019

Sore throat? Here’s what to do

A sore throat is any painful, scratchy or dry feeling in the throat. Sore throats have many different causes. Some are brought on by viral or bacterial infections; others are caused allergies, dry air or environmental irritants. Common signs and symptoms of a sore throat: Burning Dryness Trouble swallowing. Tenderness A raw feeling. Irritation Scratchiness Why is your throat sore? Colds, the flu and other viral infections Viruses are responsible for approximately 90% of sore throats. Common viral infections that could lead to a sore throat include: The common cold. The flu. Chickenpox (an infection that leaves you with a…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 22, 2018

What to do when you get bitten or stung

Outdoor fun during summer comes with a high risk of insect bites and stings. In most cases, these aren’t serious and get better in no time. In some cases, however, insect bites can cause an allergic reaction. This can either be a mild reaction causing the affected part to swell and become painful, or a severe reaction that could become life-threatening. With a more severe allergic reaction, you could become dizzy, nauseous, have breathing difficulties, find yourself wheezing, have chest pain, cramps, a swollen face or mouth and a blotchy rash that spreads to other parts of the body. If…
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Gut & digestion
September 18, 2018

Is milk bad for you?

We have bee told "Milk is good for you!" since we were children. Our mothers, and advertising ingrained this nugget into our minds for years. But should milk really be part of your diet? Milk is a whole food which provides 18 out of 22 essential nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and protein.  Unfortunately, though, about 75% of the world’s population isn’t able to break down lactose; a core ingredient in milk. Despite its benefits, milk may put you at risk for some conditions. For example, research shows that countries with the lowest rates of dairy and calcium intake also…
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Men's Health
June 19, 2018

Why is my penis itchy?

Genital itching happens for many reasons and is usually harmless, but even if it's harmless - it can be extremely irritating! (Not to mention embarrassing). Here are some common causes why your member may be driving you mad, and what you can do about it. Jock itch One of the most common reasons for feeling itchy around the crotch area, is jock itch. The area around the penis is often warm and moist, which makes it attractive to bacteria. Jock itch can also come from tight underwear, skin rubbing and allergies. Besides itching, symptoms of jock itch include a pink…
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Gut & digestion
May 11, 2018

Heal your body by healing your gut

Millions of neurons line the gut and release important chemical messengers that allow the gut to keep in close contact with the brain, and influence our moods and emotions. This is one reason whey the digestive system is also known as the second brain. Digestion is critical as it breaks food into nutrients that the body uses for energy, growth, and cell repair. Mind and body connection There’s more to your digestive system than occasional aches and pains that come with heartburn, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. Your gut is central to your overall health. It’s connected to everything that happens…
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Child HealthParenting
April 20, 2018

Is your child too clean? He may need a helping of germs!

Our children these days are too clean, say researchers. Rather than it keeping them healthy, over-sterilising them and their environments leave them more vulnerable to illnesses. Sounds strange – but it’s true. Author of the book, Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System, Professor Gilbert explains, “Parents are over-sterilising the environments of their children because they don't understand why dirt is good for us. Most parents think all germs are bad, that is not true. Most will just stimulate your immune system and make you stronger.” And so, ironically, when we ensure that our children…
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Skin
April 20, 2018

Treat your dry and scaly skin

Does your skin feel dry and scaly? Are you ashy all over even after you’ve rubbed on body lotion? Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition, leading to itchiness, scaliness and cracked parts on your body. This can happen for many reasons. Dry skin can start on any part of the body too. Even if your skin tends to be oily, you can develop dry skin from time to time. Why is your skin scaly? The outer layer of your skin is a mixture of dead skin cells and natural oils, which help it hold on to water. If this layer…
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Eye Health
March 7, 2018

Why are your eyes watering?

Your eyes are watering again! Is it the wind, allergies, or something else? Here’s what you need to know. Tears have different functions in your body: they keep your eyes lubricated, wash away dust and help with emotional release when you cry. They are an important part of your immune system and help protect against infection. There are glands under the skin of your upper eyelids called lacrimal glands, which produce tears made of salt and water. When you blink, tears spread to keep your eyes moist. Some of the glands produce oils that keep your tears from evaporating too…
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Child HealthParenting
March 7, 2018

How to raise allergy-free kids

Convincing your child to eat their broccoli is hard enough, and it’s only worse if they have food-allergies! A food allergy occurs when the immune system falsely communicates that a certain protein in a food is harmful. Once you have an allergy, an allergic reaction happens every time you eat that specific food. A baby’s chance of developing an allergy is increased if his siblings have also been diagnosed with an allergic condition like eczema, asthma, hay fever or a food allergy. How does it work? Food allergies are developed when a protein called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and a mast…
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Skin
January 5, 2018

Why do I have dark rings under my eyes?

Eek! You have a date tonight and there are dark circles under your eyes… again. You’ve tried sleeping for eight hours every night, but this doesn’t seem to make any difference. What now? A lot of people suffer from these dark rings. The dark rings are basically just the blood vessels underneath the eyes that are visible through the skin. The skin around the eyes are naturally very thin, so depending on hydration, blood flow and the colour and thickness of the skin, these dark rings may be more or less visible. Lack sleep and too much alcohol are the…
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