Believe it or not winter is right around the corner, and it’s not just the cold and flu we need to be weary of this season. Stress and lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your body, especially in places you might not even think of. Renowned physician and Women’s Health magazine contributor Dr. Keri Peterson joined me this week to discuss simple measures we can take to not only prevent and treat the flu, but other ailments this season as well.
Candace Rose: With winter right around the corner, what can we do to stay healthy this season?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “Well, one of the most important things you can do is wash your hands frequently. Using soap and water, rub your hands long enough to sing the whole Happy Birthday twice and that should do the trick. Be careful about touching your eyes, your nose and your mouth because that’s how we spread germs. And if you don’t have access to soap and water, I do recommend carrying a hand sanitizer and keeping it your purse so you can squirt it in your hands as needed, rub them together and disinfect them that way.
Now one of the things that I can’t emphasize enough is how important it is to get enough sleep, and to keep your stress down, because one of the common ailments that I do see in the wintertime when people aren’t well rested, is believe it or not Candace – cold sores. And there is a new treatment available for cold sores, a new and revolutionary product by Orajel. It’s called the Single Dose Cold Sore Treatment. It’s in a single dose vial. It helps healing begin with just one dose. It’s a patented formula that numbs the affected area. It’s really convenient, it has a touch-free applicator that you put on the skin, it penetrates it and it gives you instant relief.”
Candace Rose: It’s funny you should mention that, I actually have one developing right now. Is this for the cold sores in your mouth or on the outside of your lip?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “It’s for the outside of the mouth that look like little blisters, and can burn and can tingle.”
Candace Rose: There are a lot of little annoyances that can bring us down in the winter. What can we do to help treat them?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “Well, one of the big annoyances that can bother people in the winter is the flu. I do recommend you treat it as soon as symptoms begin. And for that I recommend Oscillococcinum. This is a homeopathic medicine, it temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms like the body aches, headaches, and the fever. Studies have shown that it reduces the duration and the severity of your symptoms, and it is safe for anyone in your family over the age of two, and it has no side effects.”
Candace Rose: A lot of people have ongoing problems, and the winter seems to make things like heartburn worse. What can we do about that?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “Winter makes heartburn worse because we tend not to watch our diets as well, and especially around the holidays eat more heavily. So if you’re experiencing frequent heartburn which is two days or more per week, I recommend Prilosec OTC. If you take just one 20.6 milligram pill once a day for 14 days you will stop heartburn at the source and you will have 24 hours of zero heartburn. And please discuss this with your doctor before initiating treatment.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “I sure do! We mentioned getting enough rest, I also would like you to exercise regularly, eat a healthy and balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables; as we mentioned, wash your hands, and those should be extra steps you take to have a happy and healthy cold and flu season.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Dr. Keri Peterson: “Well, for more information on everything we discussed here today, you can go to VideoPump.tv.”