Any condition that keeps you from smiling and kissing is inherently dislikable. Cold sores (also called fever blisters) are generally a harmless condition I’d classify as a medical “annoyance,” like dandruff or hemorrhoids–not a danger to life or limb. Nevertheless, no one wants to go through the day with a large, unsightly sore on the lip, especially since they seem to appear on days you’re set for an interview or an important photograph. Actually, good news is here. At WholeHealth Chicago, we’ve found some safe and effective natural therapies that can either prevent the eruption of a cold sore or inhibit the virus that causes it, heal the inflamed skin, and shorten its unsightly life. (One such remedy is an herb with the lovely name of melissa.)
Category: Ear, Nose, & Throat
You usually get your first one as a kid and you can’t believe it. How can anything so small hurt so much? As an occasional sufferer myself, I’m convinced there’s a canker sore demon haunting our lives, maybe sitting at a computer somewhere, waiting to catch us off guard. Press the “Enter” button and, Oh!…Ouch! Then, depending where it’s landed, and unable to kiss (or eat or smile), I mutter pearls of wisdom like, “Doctors can transplant a liver, but they can’t cure a canker sore.” This is all the more exasperating when you’re a doctor yourself. Well, actually, the integrative approach we use at WholeHealth Chicago has helped me quite a bit. And although I can neither transplant your liver nor fully cure your canker sore, let me share with you what has worked for us.
It’s Allergy Season…
…and this year is a bad one. Patients have been contacting me with all sorts of the usual hay fever type symptoms: watery eyes, runny noses, sneezing, coughing. My own allergies progressed to asthma and I was compelled to rummage around for an inhaler to use for a few days this month. (It’s probably not the smartest move to use an old dust-covered asthma inhaler, but that old saying that doctors make terrible patients is often true.)