Archive for 'Wellness / Prevention'

Hoarse Voice?

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For the most part, the causes of hoarseness—a raspy or strained voice—are not serious and usually resolve within a few weeks. The Cleveland Clinic offers these probable causes of hoarseness: a common cold or an upper respiratory infection, using your voice too much or too loudly, gastroesophageal reflux, smoking, allergies, thyroid problems, and trauma to the voice box. If symptoms fail to resolve within two weeks, consult with your family doctor.

Cleveland Clinic, January 2020

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How to Deal with a Flea Infestation.

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To prevent, reduce, or eliminate a flea infestation, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following: check carpets, cushioned furniture, and cracks and crevices daily; steam clean carpets regularly and pay extra attention to areas where pets sleep; wash all pet bedding and family bedding every two weeks; use a flea comb on your pet to expose adult fleas; and keep your pets indoors as much as possible.

Environmental Protection Agency, January 2020

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Play It Safe with Household Chemicals

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Common household items such as paint and cleaning supplies can contain toxic chemicals. The Cleveland Clinic recommends the following safety tips: wear an apron, gloves, and goggles when working with oven cleaners; ensure that the area you’re using chemicals in is well ventilated; wear latex dishwashing gloves when using antibacterial cleaners; wash your hands immediately if you get chemicals on your skin; and opt for non-toxic cleaners, if possible.

Cleveland Clinic, January 2020

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Brush Hair with Care.

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National Women’s Health Resource Center notes that incorrectly brushing your hair can result in strand damage, which can lead to splits and tangles. The organization recommends the following tips to properly brush your hair: find a brush that is right for your hair type, brush your hair gently each day, brush your hair down from the scalp, use different brushes for wet and dry hair, and detangle your hair when wet before brushing.

National Women’s Health Resource Center, January 2020

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Help Your Child Lose Weight.

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Obesity during childhood has been linked with several negative health outcomes that can persist and worsen in adulthood. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles notes that minor changes can help a child maintain a healthy weight: reduce or eliminate sweetened beverages, including soda; add more vegetables to family meals; make sure your family is eating a high-fiber diet; make sure your child is getting enough sleep; eat together as a family as often as possible; be a good role model by ...

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