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Herpes Simplex – A Simple Solution

Herpes Simplex – A Simple Solution

Cold Sores or Herpes Simplex generate symptoms that are both unsightly and which afflicts a significant part of the world’s population. It is more prevalent in countries with European origins but that is not is a contagious virus at certain points in its life cycle and there are chances that if you were infected, it would be as a result of contact with people who were also suffering from it. Mostly, people of European and North American origins have this type of virus infection. For example, it is hard to believe that nearly 70% of the Australian population suffer from this virus thereby suggesting that there is still much to learn about its origins and triggers

Despite significant advances in medicine during the past 100 years which have successfully addressed a wide range of human conditions, there is still no cure for this virus.

Cold sores typically targets the face including the lips and eyelids but very rarely can also affect the fingers. Research continues to be conducted however it is not a high priority when compared to other more serious (and fatal) diseases. Despite this there are a number of treatments on the market demonstrating at least partial success.

Event hough the virus is not fatal, scientists continue to research its orgins and have discovered a few links between the Herpes Simplex Virus and other diseases. For example, Herpes Simplex was recognised as being associated with the degradation of certain lipo-proteins used in the transmission of signals between the brain and the nervous system. Deterioration of these proteins have been shown to lead to a number of brain conditions.

In the second example, a partial and sometimes temporary paralysis of the face (known as Bell`s palsy) has also been linked to the presence of the Herpes Simplex virus. Both of these examples demonstrate that there are cause and effect links between the virus and other diseases. It is therefore important that people affected with this virus take necessary precautions and see their doctor if these symptoms arise.

As is the case in most diseases, they are symptomatic of lifestyle factors such as diet and stress. Many people take the first option and in particular due to the unsightly effect, choose costly medications and ointments which may or may not provide temporary relief from the symptoms.

However, not everything that comes from a Chemist is necessarily the right treatment for that individual and therefore people should consider other cheaper and effective everyday household ingredients which may provide real alternative help in treating the disease. Toothpaste is one such item which if applied will give a cooling and numbing effect to the person.

The application of toothpaste to the affected area needs to follow these simple guidelines:

Firstly, wash the affected area with anti bacterial solution. You need to disinfect and then apply the toothpaste to the affected area. In case you have difficulty in finding an effective cleaning agent, use those ointments which have alcohol content.

The final step is to apply toothpaste onto the affected area. Apply a generous amount of toothpaste on the cold sore and surrounding area. Softly press the area where you have applied toothpaste so that cold sore comes in contact with the toothpaste. Leave the paste for approximately three days and then wash away. For children it is best to contact a doctor. After the three days, clean the affected area and the blistered area should have disappeared. Eventually the affected area will form new skin and blisters will become crusts.

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Does Toothpaste Help Get Rid of Spots?

Does Toothpaste Help Get Rid of Spots?

Spots affect a lot of people, especially teenagers. Am I right in that you have at least once, found a big, red spot suddenly appear on your face the day before an important event? Whether it’s a party or a date, it can be an embarrassing situation.

Many people suggest that toothpaste will help get rid of sudden spots that appear overnight. The quick answer to this is yes and no.

If you find yourself with a sudden arising of a spot the day before you are going out on a date or on a night out and have no idea what to do, applying a small amount of toothpaste onto the spot and leaving it overnight can help reduce the size and redness of the spot very quickly. The toothpaste will remove the bad bacteria in your skin. When you do this, be sure to put a towel on your pillow to stop the toothpaste getting onto the pillow case.

Even thought applying toothpaste overnight can reduce the appearance of spots, it should only be used as an “emergency” application. Toothpaste contains strong anti-bacterial chemicals with which regular contact with the skin will cause irritation and will damage the skin.

Applying toothpaste to a bigger area than needed will cause irritation. Therefore, if you only suffer with the odd spot now and then, this method would be acceptable. however, if you are a person who constantly has small outbreaks of spots and/or suffers from bad acne, then toothpaste is not an acceptable method. It only affects the areas to where it is applied.

Until you are able to figure out the possible reasons why you get these spots, you will not be able to keep your face clean of them. Spots need to be tackled before they become visible.

Some suggestions on how to do this are:

Drink plenty of water every day

Eat healthily (plenty of fruit and veg)

Exercise regularly

Wash your face at least twice a day

Remember, toothpaste should only be used as a temporary or emergency solution. Never use whitening toothpaste, as the bleach it contains will irritate your skin. Toothpaste is designed to help clean your teeth, and your skin is very sensitive. Long term use of cleaning agents will only damage your skin. So apply small amounts and only on affected areas.

Everybody’s skin is different. If you find that toothpaste does not help you with curing your spots, or you want a method that you can use regularly, there are many creams available to buy that should do the trick.

I hope you found this very useful, remember to be careful when applying anything to your skin, and if regular irritation occurs, stop using immediately.…

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What Is The Single Most Important Factor In Losing Weight?

Turn on the television, browse through a magazine, look at the shelves of your local pharmacy, and you’re inundated with quick fixes to any potential weight problem. It doesn’t matter what the approach is, or who the experts sponsoring it are, the claims are the same: stick to this approach for a short time and you will see results.
Some diets aim to strike all carbohydrates from your diet, filling you up on only protein. Others provide simple instructions to drink some of your calories, and you’ll stop feeling hungry through the majority of the day. Other people swear by eating cabbage soup (or some other specific food) as a way to shed the pounds.
Regardless of the fad, all such approaches share the same inherent flaw – the fact that they’re all diets. The idea of a diet is straight forward: eat specific “good” foods and restrict yourself from “bad” foods. The problem is that at some point (whether it’s in a week, a month, or a few hours) “bad” foods will fall back on your plate. Any progress made will be quickly reversed.
Think back to every diet you’ve ever tried. Early on, the going is relatively smooth. The weight starts to drop off as you remove forbidden foods from your diet. Then you start to plateau. Or you’re constantly faced with those same foods that your body once used to rely on and are tortured by the temptation.
Gradually, you sneak in one of the forbidden foods, claiming that you’ll start dieting again tomorrow. But tomorrow never comes as one forbidden food becomes two – and the initially promising attempt to lose weight becomes a miserable failure.
And yet, whatever reason for stopping, months after one fad diet has failed you, you’re on the hunt for the next. Before you know it, you’re filling your grocery cart with cabbage (or whatever), hoping that the answer lies in never-ending meals of soup or Tabasco sauce or the latest grapefruit concoction.
That’s the diet side of the health industry. The other side of the equations is the fitness industry. For every quick-fix diet, there’s an equally compelling exercise program promising that in only a few minutes, hours, or routines later, you can have the body you’ve always dreamed of.
Exercise fanatics believe the gym is the real means to long-term weight success. Less dependent on what you’re eating, the true change in health, in their view, comes from how many calories are being burnt out of your system. These claims are just as straight forward as those of the diet gurus: put a small amount of work in, and see the amazing results.
The typical exercise-to-lose-weight program takes a similar course to that of the fad diets. The initial interest carries results, but a plateau eventually occurs. Or because you’re now burning more calories, you also eat more food – and the net result is zero.
For every one of us who’s tried a fad diet, we’ve also tried the quick fix exercise route. The end result is the reason that the health industry is one of the fastest-growing in our nation. Quick fix exercises don’t work, forcing you to go out and try another. Upon plateau, the exerciser or dieter starts to doubt that those washboard abs or slim thighs are going to come before the next millennium, let alone summer. Dwindling motivation, fading dedication and a busy life start to intervene, and the best-laid plans become only that. Action takes a back seat until next January.
I’ve always believed that exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. While exercise is important, the real key to losing weight and keeping it off lies in what you eat. I’m not talking here about a fad diet. I’m talking about a complete nutritional lifestyle change – a holistic approach to weight loss that takes into account that you will most likely fall off the wagon, eat out at restaurants, and plateau in your journey to lose weight and get healthy. Exercise helps, but it doesn’t get you all the way. What you eat is the single most important factor in losing weight.…