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  • Allergy-proofing your home | Healthy Essentials from Johnson & Johnson Inc.
    with your health care provider to find out if that would cause any risk for the affected family member If you re allergic to latex or to metals such as nickel dyes cosmetics fragrances or perfumes the simplest way to avoid an allergic reaction is to not purchase or use any of these products Try one of the following Buy fragrance free versions of the products you would normally purchase Choose products that are for sensitive skin these tend to contain milder irritants Wear jewellery that s not nickel based nickel is a very common compound of jewellery such as gold or silver Also look for jewellery that is specifically labelled nickel free Try rubber and latex free alternatives Instead of latex gloves try nylon or vinyl People allergic to airborne substances e g dust pollen mould pet dander need to find ways to stop these substances from floating in the air Here are some tips Keep doors and windows shut at all times Use air conditioning when the weather is hot Use a HEPA filter Check for cracks in windows and doorways and seal them this can also save on your energy bills Change your clothes and take a shower when you have been outdoors for any extended period of time Vacuum and dust regularly at least once a week Keep pets outdoors If that s not possible keep them in one room of the house only and not in your bedroom Try getting a hypoallergenic pet which produces less dander and bathe your pet once a week Source s McNeil Consumer Healthcare division of Johnson Johnson Inc 2010 RELATED COUPONS RELATED ARTICLES Spring the season of sneezin RATING 4 6 5 Related Products BENADRYL Caplets RATING 4 7 5 BENADRYL LIQUI GELS RATING 4 6 5 Please select

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  • Dandruff: Dump the myths along with the flakes | Healthy Essentials from Johnson & Johnson Inc.
    regular shampoo Medicated dandruff shampoos help you control the symptoms and anti fungal shampoos eliminate the fungus that causes dandruff You should always treat dandruff because among other things your scalp will get itchy and will become almost impossible not to scratch MYTH Medicated anti dandruff shampoos will give me dry lifeless hair TRUTH There are anti dandruff shampoos on the market that help you eliminate your dandruff without drying out your hair Read the labels Look for an anti dandruff shampoo that is gentle but kills the fungus while leaving your hair healthy shiny and manageable Ask your pharmacist about the dandruff shampoo that has a regime that includes using it just once a week which lets you use your favourite shampoo the rest of the week MYTH Hair conditioners and styling products will make my dandruff worse TRUTH You should be able to deep condition your hair without concern and use any of your favourite styling products to help build shine body or style if you have killed the fungus that causes dandruff Read the labels to find out which shampoo lets you use your favourite hair care products to style and manage your hair without the fear of triggering another dandruff attack There are a number of different anti dandruff shampoos available What you want is one that leaves your hair dandruff free and looking good Many anti dandruff shampoos have anti inflammatory and exfoliant properties They also aid in the reduction of cell turnover Most anti dandruff shampoos require daily use Be sure to read the package instructions or ask your pharmacist Anti fungal shampoos like NIZORAL Anti Dandruff Shampoo contain ketoconazole Ketoconazole is clinically proven to kill the fungus that causes dandruff This particular brand of shampoo does not require daily use to prevent dandruff

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  • Dandruff: Shaking the flakes | Healthy Essentials from Johnson & Johnson Inc.
    scratch Since excessive scratching may wound the scalp and leave it open to infection washing your hair often even daily with a mild non medicated shampoo helps control dandruff build up If that doesn t work there are also a number of antidandruff shampoos with different active ingredients that either slow down scalp turnover or loosen flakes so that they can be more easily washed away These shampoos can be effective but some doctors recommend that you lather twice and leave the first lather on for a few minutes before lathering a second time to maximize effectiveness While shampooing gently massage the scalp with your fingertips to loosen scales and flakes Once hair is clean and damp a brew consisting of 4 tablespoons of dried thyme boiled in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes is also reported to have a mild antiseptic effect Once cooled pour half of it over your hair massage gently do not rinse and save the rest for the next day CURING YOUR DANDRUFF VERSUS TREATING YOUR DANDRUFF As an alternative to other antidandruff shampoos there is NIZORAL Anti Dandruff Shampoo with a unique active ingredient ketoconozole 2 clinically proven to kill the fungus that causes dandruff This shampoo is effective against even more severe dandruff buildups and does not require daily use because if used as directed you will have cured your dandruff rather than just treated it Lastly a little sun exposure is also good for dandruff because sunlight has an anti inflammatory effect on scaly skin conditions Try to give you hair some sunlight but don t forget the sunscreen for the rest of your skin And if nothing seems to be working well you should consult your doctor It could be that you have seborrheic dermatitis and that requires a prescription

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  • Find the right acne solution | Healthy Essentials from Johnson & Johnson Inc.
    cleansers can also dry your skin especially if you use them too much You may have to try a few products before you find one that works well Step 2 Moisturize After cleansing the skin use a light oil free moisturizer If your skin is very oily you might want to skip this step If using a moisturizer ensure that the label reads non acnegenic or non comedogenic Step 3 Treat Most of the over the counter topical skin applied treatments for acne contain benzoyl peroxide salicylic acid zinc or sulfur Treatments are available in gels solutions creams lotions or pads Before you use a new product on your face always test the product on a small patch of skin on your arm or behind the ear to see if you are sensitive to the product If the product causes too much irritation e g redness stinging or peeling look for a lower strength product or use it less frequently Apply topical solutions all over the acne prone areas not just on the visible blemish to prevent formation of additional acne If your acne is not improving after 6 to 8 weeks of use contact your doctor or dermatologist for a more effective treatment Quick tips Remember to use clean towels and wash your pillowcase and sheets regularly If you must use hair products keep your hair out of your face as the product could irritate skin and cause breakouts When choosing cosmetics or any other type of face product test behind the ear for at least one week to see if it is tolerated Use medicated oil free cosmetics Concealers are available in many shades that will cover up the pimples and treat them at the same time Do not wash your face excessively Make sure to cleanse your

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  • 5 steps to help you manage your next bout of diarrhea | Healthy Essentials from Johnson & Johnson Inc.
    diarrhea worse Examples include excessive caffeine or alcohol intake artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol and mannitol unpasteurized dairy products foods that are greasy or high in fibre lactose a sugar naturally found in milk and fructose a sugar naturally found in fruits Avoid any foods that you think might trigger or worsen your diarrhea Watch out for and prevent dehydration An acute episode of diarrhea can lead to loss of a substantial amount of body fluids and electrolytes This is important because it can affect muscle activity and other important body functions including the immune system Dehydration can be especially dangerous in infants and young children older persons and those with other chronic medical conditions Signs of dehydration include dry mouth thirst less frequent or no urination light headedness nausea and muscle cramps Drinking plenty of clear fluids can help you avoid or treat dehydration A good rule of thumb is to drink 2 cups of fluid every hour for adults Be gentle on your digestive system During an episode of diarrhea your digestive system is on fast forward and things are moving through faster than normal Until your system gets back to a more natural rhythm be gentle Eat bland foods that are easy to digest but provide energy and nutrients such as bananas rice potatoes applesauce and bread Avoid intense exercise such as jogging or playing contact sports for a few days after your diarrhea has resolved Keep stress under control since emotional or mental stress can speed up bowel movements and make diarrhea worse Consider taking an over the counter anti diarrheal medication Over the counter medicines such as IMODIUM can help stop diarrhea in adults IMODIUM Advanced Multi symptom can also help with discomfort caused by associated gas cramps and bloating IMODIUM works with your body

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  • Tips for feeling better when you're sick | Healthy Essentials from Johnson & Johnson Inc.
    your symptoms There is no cure for the cold or the flu but there are medications to help with the symptoms and make you feel better Try something that can help you with a variety of your symptoms such as BENYLIN 1 ALL IN ONE Practice healthy hygiene Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue and throw it out immediately or cough and sneeze into your sleeve You ll feel better knowing that you re helping to prevent the spread of infection to other people in your home Entertain yourself with some relaxing activities When you re not resting or sleeping try the following Watch TV Remember when you were a child and staying home meant you got to watch all that daytime TV that you could never watch because you were at school Now s your chance to do that again Read a book Pick up a new one you ve wanted to read since last year or reread your favourite one Surf the internet It s something you do anyway but now you can indulge spend more time on that home decorating page or your favourite food show chef s blog You may be home sick but doing what you enjoy will help you feel better Resist the temptation to check your work email Catch up with people Take a few minutes out of the day to write your beloved Aunt Betty email your college roommate or call one of your girlfriends Have a warm bath and spoil yourself But whatever you do don t use this time off work to catch up on housework There s no need for self pity when you re sick at home Allow yourself to rest so that you

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  • Kids, colds and the flu | Healthy Essentials from Johnson & Johnson Inc.
    if the child is in school The highest incidence of the cold and flu is in children ages 5 to 14 since they spend much of their time at school in close contact with their classmates TREATING YOUR CHILD S COLD AND FLU SYMPTOMS Although there is no cure for colds or flu there are things you can do to help with your child s recovery and reduce the chances of passing on the infection For a heavy cold and for flu keep your child home from school and ensure that he or she gets plenty of rest Explain that lots of rest during a cold or flu helps his or her body recover more quickly Give plenty of fluids especially water Keep your child s room well humidified to make breathing easier Teach your child to cover his or her mouth when sneezing or coughing so that they don t spread the virus If someone is sick in your household encourage the use of separate towels and separate drinking cups and make sure that dishes are washed well and in hot water WHICH MEDICINE CAN I GIVE TO HELP MY CHILD RECOVER Doctors will recommend common over the counter medicines to bring down the fever and help relieve the aches and pains that may accompany the cold or flu Children s TYLENOL COLD can be used to relieve cold symptoms including nasal congestion runny nose sneezing fever and aches and pains Ibuprofen based medicines such as Children s MOTRIN and Junior Strength MOTRIN brand will also relieve your child s cold related aches and pains Do not give ASA containing medicines e g Aspirin to children under 15 due to the risk of a disorder called Reye s syndrome To soothe the sore throat in older children try Junior Strength MOTRIN or gargling with warm salt water Talk to your doctor if you are unsure about what is best for your child And remember always follow your doctor s advice and carefully read and follow package directions for the recommended dosage for your child TREAT AT HOME OR CALL THE DOCTOR Whether it s the cold or the flu in most cases it will run its course and most children handle a cold without any serious problems However there are times when it s best to contact your doctor If your child is 6 months old or younger consult your doctor at the first sign of illness Complications from colds sometimes develop which can include sinus and ear infections and more rarely laryngitis bronchitis or pneumonia A visit to the doctor is recommended if cold symptoms linger longer than a week to ten days sooner for infants and always in the case of high fever difficulty breathing or ear pain The common cold can also lead to bacterial infections in children Signs of an infection after a cold include a high fever swollen glands and a mucus producing cough Congestion in children may lead to a sinus or ear

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  • Healthy summer skin | Healthy Essentials from Johnson & Johnson Inc.
    year long whenever there s a chance of sun exposure This is especially important in the summer when there is more sunlight and when people tend to spend more time outdoors Sunscreens protect against sunburns and premature aging of skin and they reduce the risk of skin cancer Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 Apply it liberally at least half hour before going outside Don t forget to apply it on the face tips of ears and back of the neck Moisturize Moisturizers are important for winter and summer skin Most people do not have dry skin problems in the summer but keeping skin moist isn t moisturizers only role Moisturizers also improve skin tone protect sensitive skin and hide tiny imperfections Some moisturizers also contain other ingredients such as sunscreens to reduce your risk of sunburns and skin cancer To read about moisturizers read Your guide to moisturizers Keep hydrated Drink plenty of fluids especially water throughout the day to keep your skin looking healthy The summer can be an especially dangerous time for dehydration because of the increased heat the time spent outdoors and the increased sweating Avoid excessive air conditioning Seems like a hard thing to do when it s over 30ºC outside But too much air conditioning can cause low humidity which can lead to dry skin Avoid excessive air conditioning and keep skin moisturized see above for tips Source s McNeil Consumer Healthcare division of Johnson Johnson Inc 2010summer skin healthy skin skincare skin care RELATED COUPONS RELATED ARTICLES Skin care for winter sports RATING 4 4 5 The basics Rashes RATING 4 5 5 Related Products AVEENO Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion RATING 4 7 5 AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion RATING 4 7 5 Please select your Province This

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