Posts for: December, 2020
Colds can make you feel miserable, but there are a few things you can do to increase your comfort. Visiting your Argyle, TX, family practice physicians, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice will help you protect your health if your symptoms worsen or don't improve in about a week. If you have a mild cold, taking a few of these steps may offer some relief.
Relieve sore throat pain and irritation by gargling
A saltwater gargle can reduce throat swelling and soreness. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Stir the solution thoroughly before gargling. Gargling several times per day is a safe, easy way to reduce your sore throat pain.
Turn on the humidifier
Adding moisture to the air can relieve sore throat pain and reduce congestion caused by swollen nasal passages. Cool mist humidifiers are the best option if you have children or pets.
Consuming water and other beverages helps you avoid dehydration and can decrease nasal congestion. Hot tea or other warm beverages soothe your irritated throat and reduce pain. Add a little honey, nature's cough suppressant, to your tea if coughing is one of your cold symptoms.
Visit an Argyle store for over-the-counter cold medication
Try one of these medications if you have a cold:
- Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen Sodium: These medications relieve body aches, headaches, and other painful cold symptoms. Don't exceed dosage recommendations, as liver or kidney damage can occur with high dosages of some pain relievers. Stay away from aspirin. If your symptoms are caused by the flu rather than a cold, taking aspirin increases your risk of developing a potentially fatal disorder called Reye's syndrome.
- Decongestants: Decongestants relieve the stuffiness in your nose by reducing swelling.
- Antihistamines: These medications can stop your nose from running and reduce sneezing.
Get Plenty of Rest
Now is not the time to engage in strenuous workouts or volunteer to take on new projects. Rest and sleep are essential, as they help your body's immune system fight viral infections. In fact, you may need more sleep than usual when you have a cold.
When cold symptoms linger, it's time to pay a visit to Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice. Call their Argyle, TX, office at (940) 226-4850 to make your appointment.
How well do you have your epilepsy under control?
Our Argyle, TX, family doctors Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave understand how much epilepsy can affect a person’s life, especially when seizures arise. We work with our patients to find effective solutions to help them manage their epilepsy while still being able to live a healthy and happy life. Of course, it’s important that you take a vested interest in managing your epilepsy. Here are some self-care tips to improve living with epilepsy,
Take Medication as Prescribed
We know how busy life can get, but if you are living with epilepsy it’s incredibly important that you remember to take your medication exactly as directed. Since missing a dose can increase your risk it’s crucial to make sure that you are taking your medication on time. Set a timer on your phone or an alert to remind yourself it’s time to take your medication.
How do you know your medication is working? Are you not experiencing seizures or noticing a difference in the number of your seizures? While this might seem more obvious for those who deal with seizures frequently it might not be as apparent for those who don’t experience a lot of seizures. If you aren’t sure whether your medication is working, don’t hesitate to discuss this with our Argyle, TX, family doctor.
Lead a Healthier Lifestyle
There are certain lifestyle “hacks” that could improve living with epilepsy. Many of these habits are ones that everyone should follow to lead healthier lives. These include,
- Finding effective ways to manage your stress
- Getting good quality sleep every night
- Making sure you are staying hydrated and drinking enough water every day
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Avoiding alcohol
- Practicing good hygiene to reduce the risk of catching colds and other viruses
- Avoiding settings with strobing or flashing lights
- Turning to family, friends, and the community (having a strong support system is important)
- Getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight
- Monitoring and tracking your seizures
It’s important that you have a doctor here in Argyle, TX, that you can turn to for regular checkups to make sure that you have your epilepsy fully under control.
To schedule a consultation with our team, call Argyle Family Practice at (940) 226-4850.