What do I need to do to get rid of lice in the household?

Fortunately, lice survive without a human host for only a day or two. The nits take a week to ten days to hatch, though, so to play it safe, follow these guidelines: 1. Machine wash in hot water all the clothing and bed linens your baby came in contact with during the two days before treatment began. Put these items in the dryer on a high setting for at least 20 minutes. 2. Put all stuffed animals, comforters, and clothing that can't be washed in a sealed plastic bag for two weeks. An alternative suggested ...

What are the major contributing factors for head and neck cancers?

The major causes (etiologic factors) for head and neck cancers are tobacco and alcohol use, including cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, betel leaf, lime, catchu and areca nut, and marijuana. Combining tobacco and alcohol use poses an even greater risk. Learn how to kick the tobacco habit. Other causes include: Viruses (herpes simplex virus and the human papilloma viruses) Genetic predisposition (further study on this issue is being conducted) Occupation (workers in nickel refining and wood- and le...

Can I drink alcohol?

Alcohol very commonly causes worsening of sinusitis, often not so much because of an allergy, but because alcohol functions as a diuretic. It often causes patients to become dehydrated, leading to drying and thickening of the mucus which may, in turn, cause a blockage of the opening of the sinuses and a worsening of the infection. In addition, when patients come home after having several drinks, they often may forget to take their medications and don't turn on their vaporizer leading to worsening of the sin...

How to remove attached ticks ?

Prompt removal of ticks decreases the chances of getting Lyme disease. The proper and easiest method is to grasp the tick with fine tweezers, as near the skin as you can, and gently pull it straight out. Be careful not to squeeze the tick when removing it which could result in more bacteria being injected. Do not try to remove the tick with your fingers or attempt to remove with lighted cigarettes, matches, nail polish, or vaseline. Once removed save the tick for identification. Accurate identification beco...