AROUND 13 million people in the UK are affected by hay fever, and while the allergic reaction doesn’t pose a serious threat to health, symptoms can be annoying to deal with. But can hay fever cause a sore throat, and can you treat it? Can hay fever cause a sore throat? A reaction can usually happen within minutes of someone being exposed to an allergen. You should keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but avoid hot drinks as this may aggravate the symptoms. Treatment can include taking antihistamines to prevent an allergic reaction, or corticosteroids (steroids) to help reduce swelling and inflammation. You can usually get over-the-counter medication from your pharmacist, but if symptoms are persistent, it could be worth speaking to your GP for a prescription. What are other hay fever symptoms? A reaction can usually happen within minutes of someone being exposed to an allergen. Symptoms include: Sneezing A runny or blocked nose Red, itchy or watery eyes Wheezing and … [Read more...] about Can hay fever cause a sore throat? The most common symptoms from swollen eyes to headaches and runny noses
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SORE throats can be painful and affect almost everyone - in fact, at any given time, 7.5% of people have it in any three-month period. They usually last two to seven days, and vary according to infection, but there are ways to help cure it faster and help prevent them. What causes sore throats? Sore throats are commonly caused by viral infections, and are often accompanied by other cold symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, and fever. Viruses that cause them include laryngitis, tonsillitis, strep throat, and glandular fever. Smoking can also trigger them, so it may be worth kicking the habit if you’re a smoker who suffers them frequently. However, city dwellers have some bad news – they can also be caused by pollution and irritants in the air. What are the symptoms? Laryngitis symptoms include a croaky voice (or even losing your voice) and a persistent cough. Tonsillitis often also gives a hoarse voice, and also feels like bad cold - with flu-like symptoms such as … [Read more...] about What helps sore throats, how to cure it fast and the signs of bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis and swollen thyroid glands
If you suffer from banging headaches you find yourself reaching for the painkillers again and again. But next time head pain strikes why not try some of Michelle O'Connor's more fun solutions, including heaving sex, eating cherries and trying massage oil. HAVE SEX: It can lead to “partial or complete relief” of head pain, according to neurologists from Germany. It is thought that sex triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, which can reduce, or even eliminate, a headache. USE A BOOK AS A PILLOW: Tension headaches often originate in the small muscles connecting the neck and the back of the head. Positioning the knobbly part of the back of your head against the edge of a book and tucking your chin down towards your chest can stretch these small tight muscles and ease head pain. GET YOUR EAR PIERCED: There is anecdotal evidence that “daith” piercing – piercing of the innermost cartilage fold of the ear – can be effective … [Read more...] about How having sex, eating cherries and acupressure can cure your headaches
IF you're worried you're not drinking enough water during the heatwave then there's a simple solution - check the colour of your wee. The Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell admits the method isn't very pleasant, but it is effective. What does the colour of my pee mean? "If it's pale and clear that's good. "If it's dark orange and whiffy, you need to drink more," she explains. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches and nausea and can have more serious health consequences for the very young and elderly. The affects can be both physical, resulting in lethargy, and mental, causing lack of concentration. Not only will drinking plenty water prevent this, there are numerous other benefits to staying hydrated - from clearer skin to a better night's sleep. But you can also have too much of a good thing, as Amanda warns overindulging can stress the kidneys.How much water should I drink? According to the Mayo Clinic, it's all about how much you weigh, and how much activity you are doing when the … [Read more...] about How much water should you drink in a heatwave and what does the colour of your pee mean?
President Obama has declared a federal state of emergency for the city of Flint, Michigan due to high levels of lead contamination in the drinking water, and American pop icon Cher is contributing to the cause by sending 180,000 liters (47,550 gallons) of Icelandic water to the people of Flint. This disaster began back in April 2014, when, in an attempt to cut costs, the city switched from sourcing its water from Detroit to getting it from the Flint River. According to the Washington Post, the water contained such large amounts of lead as to be classified toxic waste. Citizens complained of the strange taste, smell, and color of the water and doctor’s visits went up, with people reporting rashes and headaches. However, the problem was not acknowledged by the city government until October 2015, and not deemed an emergency situation until this month.Cher made a statement about the emergency and expressed her intentions to help: “This is a tragedy of staggering proportion and … [Read more...] about Cher Sends Icelandic Water to Citizens of Flint