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The Easiest Ways to Prevent Mumps

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Mump – swollen side og the face

Mumps is generally a viral infection that is characterized by a swelling of one or both salivary glands that commonly occurs in children. Most children who are infected or diagnosed with mumps have a swollen side of the face and some even suffer from a whole face being swollen.

There aren’t a lot of ways to help prevent mumps but there are few proven and effective preventive measures against it.

  • Get a vaccination against mumps. Vaccination can be either of the two types which are the MMR and the MMRV vaccine. The MMR vaccine prevents measles, mumps and rubella while the MMRV vaccine prevents measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (also known as chickenpox). Children are often required to receive two shots of this vaccine which should be given at 12 to 15 months of age and the other one given when the child is 4 to 6 years old.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Regular washing of hands prevents virus and bacteria from spreading. Children should be taught with regards to the proper way of washing hands.
  • Wash utensils, toys and other objects that frequently come into contact with hands with soap and water. It is better to disinfect these objects as they might contain viruses and bacteria as well.
  • Be careful around people who have mumps. If you work in a medical facility or you are exposed to family members and friends who have mumps, it is better to avoid being in contact with them. Do not share utensils with people who have mumps.

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Home Remedies for Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy rash

Poison Ivy rash

Oil from poison ivy can penetrate the skin in a matter of minutes and leave rashes and blisters if not treated properly. In most cases, the blisters and rashes start to appear 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the irritant. It is very important for people who came in contact with poison ivy to seek medical help and even more important to be provided with first aid relief. Here are a few things you can try.

  • Washing with soap and water

Wash the infected area with running water first. Try to get off as much oil as you can from the skin area. After washing with water, wash again with soap and water. Air dry the infected area as using a towel or a cloth will only absorb the unremoved oil and will probably cause problems later on.

  • Vinegar

Wash the infected area with soap and water first as instructed above. After doing so, apply vinegar onto the whole are with a cotton ball. Rinse off.

  • Cold Black Coffee

Simply pour cold black coffee on the infected area. Coffee is said to contain anti inflammatory substances like chlorogenic acid that can help ease inflammation.

  • Baking Soda

Make a paste using baking soda and water and apply it onto the area 3 times a day with a 2 hour interval for each application.

  • Aloe Vera

Simply break an aloe vera leaf and apply the gel onto the infected area. Let dry and rinse off. Aloe vera, like coffee, also has anti inflammatory properties.

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3 Great Natural Ways to Fight Off Depression

Depression

Depression

Having a family member or a friend who is undergoing depression can be troubling and quite depressing too! The bad thing is that depression has become very much common most especially in the busy and complicated lives that people lead today. Although there are psychiatrists, psychologists and medicines, there are also natural remedies that can help fight off depression.

  • St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort has become highly popular among people who constantly undergo depression. It is usually found in subtropical and temperate climates but is also available in most health food stores and boutiques. St. John’s Wort comes in many forms including capsules, tablets, liquid extracts and popularly, tea. It can help promote relaxation and is also a popular remedy to treat some sleeping disorders.

  • Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea is a natural adaptogen which can help the body adapt more effectively to stress and even strengthen the immune system. It grows in cold regions like the alpine regions of the North Hemisphere. Rhodiola Rosea is also known to relieve anxiety, stress and generally make an individual’s mood better.

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are known to help lower depression. In some studies, countries who consume more fish – a good source of omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have depressed individuals. Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained through fish and some supplements that usually come in capsules. Most fish oil capsules are made available in health stores and online stores too.

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4 Simple Tips on How to Prevent Hepatitis

Hepatitis can be prevented

Hepatitis can be prevented

Hepatitis refers to a health condition wherein the liver is inflamed due to viral infection. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C which are what we call the three main types of hepatitis.

Hepatitis A is primarily transmitted through fecal and oral contact. This means that the Hepatitis A virus can be spread by being in contact with people who are diagnosed with Hepatitis A or by consuming drinks and beverages that are feces laden (no matter how small the amount is).

Hepatitis B and C are primarily transmitted through contact with body fluids such as semen and infected blood. This means that the Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viruses can be transmitted through sexual activity, sharing of needles either through medical procedures or drug use and even passed on from mother to child upon giving birth.

There are vaccinations to prevent Hepatitis A and B but not Hepatitis C. Here are a few preventive tips that might help lower the chances of getting hepatitis.

  • Regularly wash your hands.

Hand washing is one great, simple and often overlooked preventive tip for contacting most diseases and illnesses. Hand washing is particularly effective in preventing Hepatitis A as this type of Hepatitis is transmitted through the fecal – oral route. Wash your hands often most especially if you do not know who is handling the food you’re about to consume or how the food is prepared.

  • Observe proper use of needles. Ensure that needles are used for one time only and are not recycled.
  • Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B.
  • Practice safe sex. Always be protected.

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