I rubbed cut onion on my lip. Since I had two stings there, it hurt more initially.
The lip stings had hardly any swelling and only slight discomfort later in the day, but my hand became quite swollen and was very painful.
The lip stings were totally gone in about two days, but the one on my hand took over a week to resolve. To me, this underscores the value of putting a cut onion on a sting. Thanks for sharing remedies like this.
I am planning to travel internationally this summer and will do a lot of walking. I am having a cortisone shot in my knee next week in preparation; however, I would like to take something with me in case all the walking causes swelling and/or pain.
I have good walking shoes and a trekking stick, but do not want to hold up the group if I have pain. Do you have suggestions of a nondrug remedy for pain/swelling?
Many people like to use Certo or powdered plant pectin dissolved in grape juice. Unless you can purchase grape juice while traveling, this approach could be cumbersome. Cherry juice has the same drawback, but it is possible to buy tart cherry extract in pill form or as a fruit bar.
Now I do not take any allergy medicines. I only have to use the neti pot when I get congested. I am SO glad to cut my ties to allergy medicines. I’ve thought: Why WOULD there be any studies to combat allergies using saline irrigation when drug companies make bank on sales?
A: You are right that few drug companies would underwrite research on saline solution. There have been a few studies on saline irrigation for allergies, though. In one pilot study, 25 youngsters with runny nose year-round (perennial allergic rhinitis) had fewer symptoms after using saline nasal spray for three weeks (Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents, January-March 2016).
A review of several earlier studies notes that nasal irrigation with saline can be helpful in cases of chronic sinus irritation (Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, April 2013).
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