Home Remedy for and Upset Tummy

The Chinese have used ginger to treat nausea and digestive issues for over 2,000 years.  While research has debated the extent of its effectiveness as a natural remedy, it’s thought that active components, such as gingerol, directly affect the digestive and central nervous systems.

Most doctors and herbal medicine practitioners agree that using fresh ginger in teas and water or natural ginger candies will help relieve nausea, especially during pregnancy.  Some studies suggest it is an effective treatment for post-operative and chemotherapy-related nausea, as well.

Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties that may help boost immunity. Bottom line, there are no disadvantages to ingesting a little ginger to help ease nausea and digestive issues.

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Treating a Sore Throat

One of the most common causes of a sore throat is a viral infection, such as from a cold. A sore throat can also be due to a bacterial infection such as strep throat, or irritation from pollutants including smoke, allergies, and dryness.

Once a diagnosis is made, the symptoms of a sore throat can be treated. Over the counter medication can be used to relieve some of the symptoms. When the cause of the sore throat is bacterial, an antibiotic may have to be prescribed by a physician. If the sore throat is being caused by exposure to an irritant it is a good idea to stay away from the substance that is causing the problem.

Home remedies for the symptoms of a sore throat include:

  • Rest
  • Drinking fluids
  • Warm liquids
  • Gargling with warm salt water
  • Lozenges

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a physician at Jamaica Hospital, please call 718-206-7001

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What’s Bugging You?

Summer usually means picnics and family reunions, but it also means a reunion with insects that can wreak havoc on outdoor activities. Follow these tips to minimize the potential for bug bites and bee stings.

When outdoors – especially in wooded areas – wear long sleeves, pants, and socks to help protect your skin from insect bites. Be aware that insects may be drawn to scented soaps and perfumes. Also, cover food and drain or dump standing water, which attracts most insects.

Mosquito bites can be more than just annoying and itchy, they can also make you really sick. Using insect repellent is the best way to protect yourself and your family, especially when traveling overseas. Repellent is the best way to prevent diseases like Zika that are primarily spread by mosquitoes.

Treating Bites and Bee Stings

If a sting occurs, remove the stinger as soon as possible by scraping the area with your fingernail or something with a flat surface, such as a credit card. For bee and wasp stings and non-poisonous spider bites, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and apply ice to reduce swelling. Continue to wash two or three times daily until the skin has healed.

Severe Reactions

If you are stung in the mouth, seek medical attention immediately. Severe swelling occurs quickly in oral mucous membranes and can block airways, making breathing difficult or impossible.

If you have a severe reaction to a bug bite, go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room or call 911. Otherwise Jamaica Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center is available to help, to schedule an appointment, please call 718-206-7001.

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A Remedy For Heartburn

Remedy for heartburnBelieve it or not, chewing gum may be used as an alternative remedy for alleviating the symptoms of heartburn. Studies have shown that chewing on a piece of gum helps to produce saliva which is alkaline in composition and forces fluids back into the stomach.  These fluids aid in neutralizing the acids that cause the burning sensation that is associated with heartburn.

Dentists recommend chewing sugar-free gum, as sugary gums can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities.  It is suggested that peppermint flavored-gums be avoided as the ingredient may cause the lower esophageal sphincter to open and relax. This can allow gastric acids to get into the esophagus and trigger heartburn symptoms.

Chewing gum is only a temporary solution, if you suffer from chronic heartburn; please monitor your diet and lifestyle. Avoiding foods that commonly trigger heartburn such as citrus, coffee or alcohol can be beneficial. Additionally, if you are a smoker, it is best to quit. Smoking can affect the efficiency of the muscles of the esophageal sphincter, increasing the risk of symptoms to develop.  If your heartburn persists, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with your doctor.

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Home Remedies for Dandruff

dandruff-124694187Dandruff, the tiny white or yellow flakes of skin that are shed by the scalp is a major source of concern for many people.  It can be caused by having dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema or an inflammatory skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis.

Dandruff can be treated with several over the counter and prescription products.  However if you choose to try a natural approach, there are a few items that can be found in your home that may help in providing relief. Here are a few:

  • Aspirin – take two crushed aspirins and mix it with your shampoo. Leave the mixture on the hair for two minutes then rinse.
  • Baking soda – apply a handful to your wet hair and after a few minutes rinse with water.
  • Apple cider vinegar – mix a quarter cup of it with a quarter cup of water and apply to your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes to an hour then rinse thoroughly. Apply twice a week.
  • Coconut oil – apply three to five teaspoons of coconut oil to your scalp and let it sit for an hour. Shampoo normally after each treatment.
  • Lemon juice – massage two teaspoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse thoroughly. Then apply one teaspoon of lemon juice mixed with one cup of water. Repeat daily.
  • Aloe vera – massage this into your scalp prior to washing your hair. It helps to prevent the itchiness of dry skin.
  • Olive oil – massages about ten drops into your scalp and cover your head with a shower cap overnight. In the morning you can shampoo your hair normally.

It is believed that most of these remedies work because of their moisturizing, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

It is advised that you consult your doctor before applying these products and if your dandruff still persists after application.

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Natural Ways to Revive Your Skin This Spring

skin -78634418Now that winter is over and the days are getting warmer, you are probably going to wear clothing that shows more of your skin.   Unfortunately for many of us the cold and dry winter months has taken a toll, leaving our skin dry, cracked and dull- just simply not at its best.   The good news is you can help revive your skin and bring back its beauty by doing the following:

  1. Exfoliate –Exfoliating helps remove dry and dead skin cells from the surface. The benefits of exfoliation include an increase in cell turnover, healthier skin cells, improved texture, softer and brighter skin. It is recommended that you exfoliate once or twice a week but each individual is different and should consult a dermatologist about frequency. Using a home-made body scrub is one of the ways you can exfoliate.  The most popular scrubs that can be made at home are salt or brown sugar scrubs combined with oils such as coconut, olive or grapeseed.
  2. Moisturize-It is likely that winter has depleted moisture from your skin. Replace moisture by using honey; which is loaded with antioxidants, oils such as olive oil or believe it or not yogurt. It is suggested that you apply yogurt to skin, leave it on for 10 minutes then wash it off to reveal skin that looks refreshed. Applying hydrating masks to the face can help with suppleness. You can include natural moisturizing ingredients such as avocado or bananas in your mask.
  3. More water- Water is good for skin because it combats dehydration, which can make your skin appear drier. Keeping hydrated helps your organs to work better, this includes your biggest organ- your skin. Eating foods with high water content such apples or melons can also help with hydration.

Following these after-winter skin care tips can help you in putting your best spring skin forward; however, it is strongly recommended that you speak with a physician before trying them; especially if you have food allergies or chronic illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension.

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Home Remedy to Rid Blackheads

Blackheads are most common on your face, specifically on your nose and the sides of your nose. Common and annoying, blackheads occur when your pores become clogged with excess sebum (an oil created by the sebaceous glands that keeps skin supple) and dead skin cells. The difference between a black head and a white head is simply whether or not the pore is open or closed. Blackheads aren’t as unpleasant as pimples but they are still a nuisance to have. Here are some home remedies to curing pesky blackheads using items you might already have in your kitchen.

A little baking soda goes a long way for blackheads, but don’t overdo it, as it can seriously dry out your skin thanks to its saltiness. While pH may or may not have a role to play in blackheads, the biggest reason baking soda helps is because of it’s small, fine, granules that can work as a natural and inexpensive way to occasionally exfoliate and remove anything clogging your pores (and therefore causing blackheads.)

You will need baking soda and fresh water.

Mix the water with enough baking soda to form a thick, but spreadable, paste. Using a gentle circular motion, massage the paste into your skin. Rinse thoroughly with plain water, pat your face dry, and then make sure you moisturize.

Since blackheads are caused by open, clogged, pores reacting to oxygen, it only makes sense that “shrinking” your pores down will help. Lemon juice is just the astringent substance needed to get the job done, however, it can lighten skin temporarily and it does make you sensitive to the sun, so load up on sunscreen if you plan on using this method in the summertime. If you have sensitive skin, try diluting the lemon juice with water first.

You will need a lemon, cotton balls and a small bottle.

Rinse your face and pat dry. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bottle and then use just enough to dampen a cotton ball. Apply to affected areas 3-4 times a week, at bedtime. When you wake up, rinse your face with luke-warm water and apply moisturizer as usual. Store the rest of the juice in the refrigerator for up to a week. Be aware-the juice can sting sometimes!

Green tea can also be used to treat blackheads. Mix one teaspoon of dry green tea leaves with a little water to make a paste. Then, gently scrub the paste over the affected area for two to three minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply a little bit of moisturizer once your face is dry. This scrub deep cleans oily skin and helps unclog pores.

There are many prescription medicines for the treatment of blackheads if trying natural treatments isn’t your thing. To make an appointment at Jamaica Hospital’s Dermatology Department please call, 718-206-6742.

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