Why I Stopped Using Kleenex

Why I Stopped Using Kleenex

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Awhile back, I was at a grocery store and decided to pick up a box of Kleenex to put into my cart. As I was about to toss it in with the rest of my groceries, I noticed something peculiar on the box of Kleenex; a list of ingredients. Seriously? Ingredients? On a Kleenex box? Isn’t it just… um… paper? As a consumer who pays pretty close attention to the ingredients that go into my food, I decided that I should look further into what ingredients were going on my face. Here is a list of the ingredients in the "anti-viral" Kleenex Brand tissues. Citric acid (derived from corn) - This probably comes from a nice harvest of GMO corn. Even though it isn't going to hurt you (unless you…
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Pharmacists Warn About Medicines that Provide Cold and Flu Relief

Pharmacists Warn About Medicines that Provide Cold and Flu Relief

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Cold and flu season is officially here. With it, pharmacists are warning about casually taking over-the-counter drugs for cold and flu relief. For a lot of people over-the-counter medications are safe. However if symptoms are bad, the possibility of overuse exists. Overuse of these medications can cause serious health problems. Pharmacists say that too often people don't pay attention to the recommended doses and daily limits written on each package. In addition, most over-the-counter products marketed for cold and flu relief contain drugs that aren’t directly related to the symptoms you are experiencing. Taking More Drugs Than You Need Steve Yeager, supervising pharmacist at Wegmans DeWitt in Fayetteville, NY says, "When you're really not feeling well it's easy to grab a cold and flu relief product, which claims to treat…
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Neti Pots Can Be Dangerous, According to the FDA

Neti Pots Can Be Dangerous, According to the FDA

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You’re probably familiar with neti pots -- little teapot-like devices that people are using to rinse out their sinuses. However, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that if they are not used properly, the user runs a risk of developing serious infections -- even potentially fatal ones. Over the last ten years, neti pots have become quite popular for people who have chronic sinus problems. Neti pots can also be effective in relieving symptoms of a cold and various allergies. When using a neti pot, the user fills a the pot with a saline solution, tilts their head back and pours the solution into one nostril. The liquid goes up the user’s nose and comes out of the other nostril. This process can be very uncomfortable for many users, and…
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Cold Medicines and the Dangers they Present to Infants and Children

Cold Medicines and the Dangers they Present to Infants and Children

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Source fda.gov In January 2008, manufacturers voluntarily removed over-the-counter (OTC) infant (less than 2 years of age) cough and cold medicines from the market due to safety concerns. Later in fall of 2008, manufactures also voluntarily re-labeled these cough and cold medicines to state: “do not use in children under 4 years of age.” However, there are concerns that many parents may still be giving cough and cold medicines to their infants. FDA reminds all caregivers never to give a child under two years of age any kind of cough and cold medicine containing decongestants or antihistamines, without seeking the advice of a healthcare provider. These cough and cold products include those that contain the decongestants: Ephedrine Pseudoephedrine Phenylephrine And the antihistamines: Diphenhydramine Brompheniramine Chlorpheniramine Research Shows Risks to Children in…
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The Best Cold and Flu Relief Options for Kids Under 4

The Best Cold and Flu Relief Options for Kids Under 4

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Source: healthline.com When seeking the best cold and flu relief options, remember that colds and flus are viral infections. Antibiotics won’t help when it comes to clearing up an infection. However, there are steps you can take to help your child feel better while battling these viruses. Know What to Give Adults can obviously take over-the-counter cold and cough medications for cold and flu relief. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends children under age four to not take them for cold and flu relief. If your child has a fever, or symptoms of a cold, and is under age four, call your pediatrician to determine if you need to give any medication and how much you need to administer. Remember that a fever is the body’s way…
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