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Acne Cures?

If you were anything like me growing up then you would suffer occassional (and prolonged) flare ups of acne.  As a teenager it is dreadful, and gets no better for adult acne.  It can effect your confidence, how people see you and your entire personality.

Which is why so many people are hunting for ‘acne cures’, ways of getting rid of acne.  Medical science has increased dramatically over the last few decades, so it comes as no surprise that there has been a number of breakthroughs in this area.  No complete solution exists as yet, but it does lead us to believe we are looking in the right areas.

Vitamins

One of the main areas that are being looked at is how various forms of vitamins can effect our skin, including with regards acne.  There have been a number of promising studies that suggest a couple of different vitamins have an important role to play in helping to keep our skin healthy.

The main 2 areas being researched are

Vitamin B – aka pantothenic acid.  This works by effecting coenzyme-A – aka CoA.  This is known to have a role to play in regulating hormones.  Importantly if you don’t have enough vitamin B to interact with CoA you are then left with developing Androgens.  Andgrogens are far from ideal – they cause the secretion of fatty acids into glands, which in turn cause spots.

But research has shown that if we were to ‘supercharge’ out vitamin B intake the amount of pantothenic acid that interacts with the CoA reduces the fatty acids in the skin, causing us to reduce the amount of acne breakouts that we have.  This ‘pantothenic acne cure‘ can really boost our efforts in helping beat acne.

Vitamin D – A vitamin D acne cure has also been mooted in a number of places.  We know that we tend to have less acne breakouts in the summer, and it is believed that this is because the vitamin D that develops because of our interaction with sunlight helps to reduce the acne severity.

Those that undertook a trial to see if increased vitamin D intake could help beat acne would pleased with the results – 47% were cured in the first 3 months, whilst another 27% saw an improvement.

Neither of these is exactly an ‘acne cue’…but it gives hope for the future and both point to the fact that increasing your vitamin b5 and D intakes can lead to healthier, acne free skin.  I wish I knew that as a teenager!

How to Cure a Hangover

If you are anything like me then you suffer from dreadful hangovers.  I like a good drink (or 20, curse of being a rugby player) – but I really do suffer for it the next morning.

So I have hunted around for the best hangover cures…and found all sorts of daft ideas that are meant to ‘cure’ the hangover.  the problem is they never seem to work.

Which is why I was not surprised to read the latest research on how to cure a hangover.  It seems scientists have discovered that the best hangover cure is, wait for it, aspirin and coffee.

Hands up who is shocked?  No, me either.

Interestingly though it seems they are more powerful than first thought.  As well as giving anti-inflammatory powers in the aspirin, and energy in the coffee, it seems they combine to help us deal with the ethanol – a byproduct of the amount of alcohol we drank the night before, and which is present in large amounts in those with a hangover.

The problem is that these deal with energy and pain, and cure is quicker, but often we don’t “feel” better.  So how do we solve that?

Some more research has shown that the problem lays in alcohol being a diuretic – put simply it causes us to urinate a lot.  What does this mean?

Simply put – we pass out a lot of minerals and salts as we pee – minerals and salts that we need in our body to feel well.  Interestingly enough these are the same salts that are lost when athletes perspire.

Which is why we can turn to the same solutions.  We need to replace liquid and salts in the same way as athletes do…which means that using what they do, the isotonic drinks, can really help us.

These drinks are carefully formulated to replace what we have lost from our bodies, helping our body to recover quicker and have us feeling healthier quicker.

Spot on for what we need really…so the answer to curing a hangover?  Coffee, asprin and sports drinks.  And lots of rest!

Is Whooping Cough Contagious?

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Is Whooping Cough Contagious?

The short answer is yes, whooping cough is contagious, very contagious in fact. That is the easy answer, but most people prefer some details (and rightly so), so a better question would be ‘why is whooping cough contagious’?

There is again a short answer for that – it is a bacteria and as such it is easily spread between people. This means that a whooping cough outbreak can spread quickly through any populous area such as a city or town.

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Is whooping cough contagious?

The reason it does so rarely is that these days many people are vaccinated against it (though the vaccination isn’t life long, but even after it the infection usually presents as a mild case). It tends to be more children who are yet to be vaccinated that get it, symptoms of whooping cough in adults are rare.

In children the symptoms of whooping cough are, as you might expected, a cough. But what makes it so distinctive (and where it gets it’s interesting name from) is the unique ‘whoop’ sound that tends to be made at the end of the cough.

Catching and Spreading Whooping Cough

So now we know whether whooping cough is contagious we should look at how you catch it, and how you can avoid catching it (or your children from doing so).

Once you have caught it incubation time is usually between 7 and 14 days. It presents at first with symptoms similar to a mild cold, such as a runny nose, temperatures, sneezing and the like. But it gets worse and after a week or so uncontrollable coughing takes place, often violent outbursts of coughing. The distinctive whoop comes as the person suffering tries to breathe in.

In young children and especially babies there can be a dangerous side effect of them choking on the mucus. With this in mind it is important to ALWAYS seek the advice of your Doctor as soon as you suspect you or a family member may have whooping cough.

How how to you avoid the very contagious whooping cough?

The best defence is to ensure that you don’t get it in the first place, so general hygiene is a good idea. But that will only minimise the risk by so much. Better then to build your immune system up so if the bacteria does get into your system you are able to fight it off.

There are a number of natural ways of building the immune system available. For example exercise is important, as is ensuring we have a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. If you are looking for supplements to buy to improve the immune system you have options there too.  Again it is important to see your Doctor if you are unwell or starting a new regime – especially with Whooping Cough as you may need antibiotics.

The most common (and usually thought of as the best) ‘alternative medicine’ options include:

  • Tart Cherry Juice.  Tart berry juice benefits include a dramatic increase in the power of antioxidants and immune system boosters for our body
  •  The Mullein Herb.  The Mullein herb has a huge number of health benefits associated with it, which is why it is known as one of the most powerful ‘healing herbs’ in existence.
  • Hyssop Herb.  The Hyssop Herb works wonders for airway complaints, and could well be a useful addition to anyone who is looking to fight off whooping cough.
But whatever you do, ensure your first port of call is the family doctor.  You don’t want to be taking risks with the health of you, or your family, over something as contagious as the whooping cough.
And one more time, the answer to ‘is the whooping cough contagious’ is a resounding – YES!