Runny nose; Postnasal drip; Rhinorrhea
Keep the mucous thin rather than thick and sticky. This helps prevent complications, such as ear and sinus infections, and plugging of your nasal passages. To thin the mucous:
Drink extra fluids.
Increase the humidity in the air with a vaporizer or humidifier.
Use saline nasal sprays.
Antihistamines may reduce the amount of mucous. Be careful, because some antihistamines may make you drowsy. Don't use over-the-counter nasal sprays more often than 3 days on and 3 days off, unless told to by your doctor.
OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS
Many people think that a green or yellow nasal discharge means a bacterial infection, which requires antibiotics. This is NOT true. Colds will often begin with a clear nasal discharge, but after several days it usually turns creamy yellow or green. Colds are caused by viruses, and antibiotics will not help. A green or yellow nasal discharge is not a...
There has been a lot of herpes talk in the media lately (and by “media” I mean gossip blogs and trashy online magazines) due to the recent allegations that R&B singer Chris Brown beat up his former girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna. The incident reportedly took place after a pre-Grammy party, and while people speculate on what sparked the fight, many believe it was over herpes. Rumors are flying that Rihanna not only gave genital herpes to Chris Brown, but that she got it from hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. Why is this important? It’s not. At least not unless you’re one of those involved. But the comments I’ve heard from people regarding this controversy tells me there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about herpes out there in the general population.
No one knows for sure what caused the fight between the two celebrities. My guess is that it had more to do with jealousy than an STD. I would imagine th...
Previous research suggests that "color" can impact how much you eat. One past study seemed to indicate that the color of the walls in a dining room or kitchen and how well lit these areas are, could affect your appetite or simply how you visualize your meal which in turn, might lead you to eat more. We also know that the size of your plate can impact how much food you eat. The larger the dish along with a bigger portion that you may take, then displayed on the plate, and you will tend to eat beyond the full point.
Now a new study suggests that if the color of the food is similar to the color of the plate you are using - for example, cream colored pasta on a beige or white color plate - you may tend to serve yourself more than you might, if the color contrast between the food and the plate under it was more significant. Serving tomato sauce-laden spaghetti on a white plate? Your portion size may tend to be smaller, because of the color contrast. However, some other strong contra...
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