If you have a sore throat, it’s quite likely you have a viral infection. Since only time can cure the virus, our self-help approaches focus on easing the pain.
Kidney stones are common, and 4 to 8 per cent of adults will suffer from kidney disease at some stage in their life. The incidence is two to three times higher in men, possibly because of their failure to drink enough water to ensure adequate rehydration after sweating. About 30 to 50 per cent of those who suffer one attack will have another.
They are the single most common skin complaint-and sooner or later, one in every ten people develops at least one. Though many warts disappear on their own, a variety of natural treatments can hasten healing for the millions of Americans who suffer from these unsightly blemishes.
Medically known as otitis media, middle ear infection mainly affects young children. The infection causes inflammation of the cavity between the eardrum and the inner ear. It tends to follow a common cold, as poor mucus drainage from the upper respiratory tract may provide an environment that is hospitable to microbes and allows them to thrive.
Modern science has proved what folk healers have long claimed: These bothersome and potentially serious infections, one of the most common health problems for women, can often be relieved with some of nature’s own remedies.
Like a little bullet that dams up your urinary tract, a kidney stone can stop you in your tracks and leave you writhing in agony. Stones can exist silently for years, but when a stone starts to move through one of the narrow tubes from the kidneys, the pain is so intense that women who’ve had attacks say it’s worse than the pain of labor.
Every time a part of your body meets a hard object, the impact smashes tiny blood vessels under your skin. Blood leaks out, pooling under your skin and leaving a black-and-blue mark.
Whatever the cause, a sore throat can make life unpleasant, particularly if you need to use your voice a lot. Fortunately, this ailment responds exceptionally well to natural treatments: Not only do they alleviate the pain and discomfort, but they also reduce throat inflammation.
This probably won’t soothe your frayed nerves after you’ve been up all night with a screaming child, but we’ll tell you anyway: Ear infections are extremely common, striking three out of four children at least once before age three.
There’s nothing worse than a painful fever blister, which always seems to appear just when you least want one. Fever blisters are caused by a herpes simplex virus similar to the virus that causes genital herpes.
In many cases, this digestive problem can be prevented with some simple lifestyle changes. But when heartburn hits-as it does daily for more than 25 million Americans-natural remedies can provide quick relief from the disorder’s fiery sensations.
Kidney stones can form anywhere along the urinary tract, generally for two reasons: because your urine becomes too saturated with salts (primarily calcium salts) that result in stones, or because your kidneys don’t make enough of substances like citrate that prevent stones.
Many people eventually become infected with the virus that causes the unsightly and painful lip blisters called cold sores. Using antioxidants, immune boosters, and especially the amino acid lysine, you’ll have the tools to inhibit the virus and help heal the inflamed skin.
Life’s already an emotional roller coaster without the added burden of diabetes, so you don’t always need to hold your disease responsible for your ups and downs.
Compared with type 1, type 2 is far more common, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of all cases of diabetes. It’s also far more complex.
This may sound odd, but there’s never been a better time to have diabetes. One reason: There have never been more tools to help you monitor and manage your condition.
Knowing what your ideal diet should be is one thing. Putting it into practice-especially if you’re trying to cut calories-is quite another.
You can combine different types of insulin, just as you can mix other drugs to take advantage of their different effects.
Cardiovascular disease and diabetes often appear together. It isn’t entirely clear how the two diseases affect each other, but the most pertinent facts are clear enough.
You’re in charge of managing your game plan from day to day (and hour to hour) because you’re the one who’s always there-to lace up your walking shoes, pour a bowl of bran cereal, take your medication, or prick your finger. But you’re hardly in this alone.