If you've been contemplating quitting smoking of late and you live alone, put cigarette realness in your face - so to speak. Save a favorite ashtray full of butts; don't dump this toxic treasure, spiriting it out of sight as though it never happened. It does happen and it's been a very real part of your life for some years now, hasn't it? OK. Keep an accumulating array of butts-in-trays around. That's right. Showcase this growing collection of crap in full view all about your place, safely out of reach of pets. Next, have a non-smoking friend take photos of you - as large as possible - tight shots of fingers-to-face, cigarette-to-lips, full-on facial frontals and profiles as well. Tape these smoky shots onto your refrigerator, your exit doors, on the bathroom mirror, and beside your bed.
Bring the reality of nicotine addiction into focus for yourself. Keep this up for a full week.
During this period - as you're surrounded by the "fruits of y...
It's just one of those days. Really, I'm fortunate that days like today, which used to occur up to five times a week, are now infrequent for me. Today, Migraine is kicking my butt, hard. A cold front was moving in last night, plus I slept longer than I should have. Put those two triggers together, and they can mean trouble. I've taken Axert, Phenergan, and Fiorinal with Codeine. Still, my head is throbbing, I'm nauseous, and photophobia has caused me to turn off the overhead lighting in my office. You may wonder, "So, if these days are so infrequent for you, why are you writing about today?" There are really two answers... I feel like whining a bit , and I wanted to remind everyone that even with an excellent preventive regimen, days like today just happen sometimes. It doesn't mean my treatment isn't working; they just happen. There's no cure for this blasted disease, and I'm as frustrated by that as any Migraineur. I'll keep hoping for a cure. In the...
1. Practice good hygiene. Keep your body clean, wash your hands
frequently and try to avoid touching the sores.
2. Take salt baths. This method can clean, dry and ease the pain
of blisters and sores. Mix a few tablespoons of salt in a shallow
3. Cool the affected area. Applying ice directly to the sores or
drying the area with a blow dryer on the cool setting can offer
4. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing reduces
discomfort and promotes healing of the sores. Wear cotton, rather
than synthetic underwear.
5. Wear sun block. Keeping your skin protected can help prevent
the recurrence of HSV-1.
6. Urinate in a cool bath or shower. If you experience painful
urination, this process dilutes the urine and prevents burning the
7. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water each day.
8. Practice abstinence when you are experiencing symptoms of
herpes. Help prevent the spread of herpes by avoiding sexual
activity when you are experiencing any symptoms, including
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