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Do you know the right way to treat a bloody nose?

CUTS / WOUNDS.

Old way: Put iodine/rubbing alcohol/hydrogen peroxide on it.  Let it air dry for a scab to form faster.

Disinfectants are too strong and more likely to damage tissue than to help heal it.   

What to do: Flush with water instead.  Apply pressure to stop bleeding, apply an antibiotic ointment & cover with a clean gauze/bandage.  Moist, covered wounds actually heal faster than when exposed to air.  Remember to change the dressing!  

BEE STINGS

Old way: If you get a bee sting, you must squeeze out the stinger.

Squeezing the stinger actually pushes more venom inside you! 

What to do:  Remove stinger as soon as possible by scraping with a credit card or something similar.  Clean and ice the area.  Take pain relief or antihistamine medication if needed.  If there are any signs of an anaphylactic reaction call 911 immediately.  

SPRAINS / FRACTURES

Old way: Put heat on a sprain or fracture.

Heat can be soothing for aches and pains, but you shouldn't apply heat to a sprain or fracture. Heat will only increase the swelling.

What to do: Apply ice, an ice pack or even frozen veggies for about 20 minutes. Make sure to wrap the ice in a towel to protect your skin. Use the RICE treatment of Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.   

NOSEBLEEDS

Old way: Throw your head back to stop a nosebleed. What to do:  Tilt your head forward to prevent blood from going down the back of your throat. Press firmly (between the cartilage and soft part of your nostrils) for a complete 10 minutes by the clock.   

SEIZURES

Old way: People may swallow their tongue during a seizure – put an object in their mouth like a spoon.  What to do:  It’s impossible for us to swallow our tongue.  Let the seizure take its course (don’t hold the person down).  Just remove sharp objects -- glasses, furniture etc. -- from around the person to prevent injury and protect their head.  Place them on their side so their airway is open & clear to take a breath when they come out of it.  If in water, roll them over.

 

Dr. Oz’s Chocolate Avocado Smoothie from DrOz.com

Yes, a healthy chocolate smoothie is possible. This recipe has both avocado and Greek yogurt, a fat/protein combination that will hold you over until next week. This is an ideal liquid snack to satisfy those chocolate cravings and keep yourself going. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 4 oz 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 squirt honey
  • 1/4 cup oats

Directions

1. Take all the ingredients and put them in a blender. Blend until well mixed.