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Bed bugs: Identification and Removal

The holiday season is nearly upon us! November through January is also the busiest travel time of the year. Whether you plan to or not, you may find yourself staying in a hotel over the next few months. Hotels are very careful about bed bug infestations, but sometimes they still happen. Here's how to identify [...]

By |November 4th, 2017|Hygiene|Comments Off on Bed bugs: Identification and Removal

How to Avoid Infection after an Ear Piercing

Cosmetic ear piercing is popular in many different regions and cultures. Some parents opt to have a child's ears pierced when he or she is very young, putting the burden of cleanliness and piercing health on the parents. A better way may be to wait until the child is old enough to take on piercing [...]

By |August 17th, 2014|Ears, Hygiene, Pediatrics|Comments Off on How to Avoid Infection after an Ear Piercing

Itchy Ears: Causes and Solutions

The skin covering the outer ear is susceptible to a number of conditions that can cause them to itch, for example, bacterial infection, fungal infection, eczema, and psoriasis. The most common bacterial infection is otitis externa, or swimmer's ear, which can be caused by swimming, or any exposure to water, such as showering or bathing. Using [...]

By |June 24th, 2014|Allergies, Ears, Head and Neck, Hygiene|Comments Off on Itchy Ears: Causes and Solutions

Throat and Mouth Hygiene Tips to Reduce Halitosis

Halitosis, or bad breath, is most often caused by a certain type of bacteria that produces volatile sulfur compounds. These bacteria can live on the tonsils, adenoids, teeth, gums, and tongue. For people with good oral hygiene, bad breath is most often the result of bacteria growth on the back of the tongue and/or adenoids. [...]

By |June 11th, 2014|Hygiene, Sinus, Throat|Comments Off on Throat and Mouth Hygiene Tips to Reduce Halitosis

Study Shows Cavities Help Prevent Head and Neck Cancer

A new study published in the September 12th online edition of JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery suggests that oral cavities may help to prevent some types of head and neck cancer. Cavities are caused by an excess of lactic acid, which decays the tooth slowly over time. Lactic acid is produced by the bacteria streptococci, lactobacilli, [...]

By |October 8th, 2013|Head and Neck, Hygiene, Medical News, Throat|Comments Off on Study Shows Cavities Help Prevent Head and Neck Cancer

4 Common Mouth Problems

Mouth problems aren't always contained to your mouth. They can manifest on your lips and the top of your throat. Here are the top 4 most common mouth problems, what they look like, causes, and how to treat them.  Cold sores: Small, often painful, fluid-filled mouth blisters that appear on the lips or around the [...]

By |January 8th, 2013|Hygiene, Infectious Diseases, Throat|Comments Off on 4 Common Mouth Problems

How to Treat Chronic Nose Bleeds

Young children, especially, maybe very prone to nosebleeds and it can be difficult to tell if the nosebleed is serious or not. Some common causes of nosebleeds include Cold or allergies, which can irritate the inside of the nose Low air humidity, especially in the home, which can dry out the lining of the nose [...]

By |August 29th, 2012|Hygiene, Injury, Nose, Pediatrics|Comments Off on How to Treat Chronic Nose Bleeds

How to Care for Recently Pierced Ears

Ear piercings are common today for both men and women and can be performed on children as who are only a few months old. There's no medical reason not to get your ears or those of your children pierced, but there are some considerations because it's very important to keep new piercings clean as infection [...]

By |August 15th, 2012|Ears, Hygiene|Comments Off on How to Care for Recently Pierced Ears

Bad Breath Causes and Solutions

Everyone experiences occasional halitosis, or, bad breath. But when you find that more often than not opening your mouth is cause for concern, it may be time to change your habits. Here are a few common causes of bad breath and what you can do to alleviate it. Dehydration: When you don't drink enough water, your body automatically [...]

By |August 1st, 2012|Hygiene, Throat|Comments Off on Bad Breath Causes and Solutions

Neti Pots: Helpful or Hurtful?

Some people rely on nasal irrigation to help clear nasal passages and sinuses and ease congestion pressure. Neti pots use water and gravity to flush excess mucus, irritants, and foreign contaminates from the nose and sinus cavity. There are pros and cons to this practice, though. Pros Neti pots and other nasal irrigation [...]

By |June 6th, 2012|Hygiene, Nose|Comments Off on Neti Pots: Helpful or Hurtful?