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Warding Off Fresher’s Flu: Making It Through Your First Weeks Of College

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Warding Off Fresher’s Flu: Making It Through Your First Weeks Of College

Every year, hundreds of thousands of young people head away from home to study at a college of their choice. This is a brilliant opportunity. If you are heading away soon, you will have all sorts of wonderful things to look forward to: meeting new people, settling into new surroundings, and boosting your social life as you search for new friends. However, there’s one less positive thing that most students have to face: fresher’s flu. Here are a few pieces of information and knowledge that will allow you to deal with fresher’s flu in the best way possible:

What Is Fresher’s Flu?

So, what actually is fresher’s flu? While the term may not be medically recognized, the condition and symptoms are far from a myth. Essentially, “fresher’s flu” is the batch of illnesses that students are exposed to during the first few weeks of university. Symptoms can include shivering, dry fever, coughs, sneezes, headaches, grogginess, and blocked sinuses. This is obviously a less than ideal experience when you find that you are far from home and the comfort of your mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup. So what causes this mysterious condition? When a new term starts at university, people from all over the world arrive with pathogens to which they are immune, but others may not be. Unsurprisingly, the poor diet and alcohol consumption often associated with the first few weeks of college doesn’t help this situation, either.

Treatments:

Don’t worry if you do contract fresher’s flu. It’s not the end of the world. Most symptoms will fade out by themselves over time, but you can make things more comfortable and bearable for yourself in the meantime. Use a sinus treatment such as a nasal decongestant, have plenty of soft tissues at hand, take painkillers for headaches or discomfort, and take things easy until you’re feeling rearing and ready to go again.

Precautions:

While it’s highly likely that you’ll get a little ill at some point or another, you want to minimize your chances of getting and spreading the flu. You definitely don’t want to miss out on any of the exciting events or important lectures going on when you first arrive. A good start is to drink responsibly. Excessive drinking is never a good move, regardless of where you are. Remember to eat a healthy diet. Even if you aren’t used to preparing meals for yourself, you can still easily consume your recommended fruits and veggies a day at the salad bar in your student center.

Another tip that you might also want to opt for is shaking hands when greeting new people rather than hugging. This contact is less direct, and you are less likely to pick up germs or illnesses this way, especially if you carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you and clean your hands regularly. This may also be a good time to set down the ground rules of a shared kitchen or shared bathrooms. Request that people stick to their own crockery, cutlery, and glasses to reduce the spread of the flu blues.

Being aware of potential causes of sickness, how to avoid illness, and how to treat symptoms will ensure that your first few weeks at college are the best and healthiest possible!

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Hi everyone and TGIF! Lil Red has come down with a really unfortunate summer cold this past week and, rest assured, I am absolutely miserable. Don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from me this weekend because I need to get some rest and I also have a lot to catch up on from my sick days. But please tune in for next week’s Monday Update, because I will be announcing the lineup for my Falling For Fall guest bloggers series, which premieres on the 29th!

How do you beat a summer cold? What are some of your home remedies for when you’re feeling unwell? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Constant Blocked Nose? Here’s What Could Be Causing It

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Constant Blocked Nose? Here’s What Could Be Causing It

All of us know how annoying it is to have a blocked nose. Typically, we experience them when we’re sick and have a cold or the flu. They cause our whole heads to feel blocked up and it’s hard to breathe, which makes sleeping a real task. But, for a lot of people, blocked noses don’t stop at colds. There are loads of people that go to sleep with a stuffy nose every night and wake up with the same problem each morning. The question is, why? What’s causing your blocked nose if it’s not a cold or flu virus? Let’s take a look:

Airborne Allergens:

Perhaps the biggest cause of a chronically blocked noses is having an allergic reaction to something in the air. There are loads of different airborne allergens around that can cause this and most are extremely common. As it says in this blog post, there are lots of things lurking in your home that could be making you ill. Airborne allergens are just one example. If you have a pet, then they could give off allergens that you breathe in and have a  reaction to, causing your nose to block. Another extremely common allergen is dust. Where there’s dust, there are dust mites, which create airborne allergens that seriously block up your nose. In fact, if you don’t have any pets and you keep waking up throughout the year with a blocked nose, it’s probably due to a dust allergy.

Nasal Polyps:

Did you know that there’s a thing that can grow inside of your nose and cause congestion? It’s true, and they’re called nasal polyps. There’s no need to be too alarmed, these growths are benign, and you probably won’t even notice that they’re there. Essentially, they’re just lumps of tissue that swell up and grow inside of your nose, causing a constant blockage. You might be able to notice them if you shine a light up your nose and look in the mirror (if you’re ever feeling extremely bored). They’re typically caused by other problems in the nose. If you’ve had a really severe cold, sinus infection, or even allergic rhinitis, then this could cause a polyp to grow that keeps your nose blocked even when the previous problems are solved.

Deviated Septum:

You know that little hard thing that separates each nostril in your nose? It’s called your septum, and it can be the cause of your blocked nose. Most of us are lucky enough to be born with a normal and straight septum. Others are born with a deviated one that causes your nostrils to be different sizes. As a result, one nostril can be so small that it’s always blocked. Deviated septums can also occur after physical injuries to the nose. #ouch

If you have a blocked nose all year round, then it’s most likely down to one of these three problems. Try and remove any airborne allergens from your room or take antihistamines to see if that helps your blocked nose. If it does, the problem was probably allergy related. If not, it’s probably one of the other two things and you might want to get it checked out so that you can breathe easy!

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Bath & Body Works April Freebie

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Bath & Body Works April Freebie

Hi everyone and happy Sunday! I hope that all of you are having a wonderful and relaxing weekend. This Friday, I ran into Bath & Body Works to collect my April Freebie and I am not very jazzed about it. I originally had a Sweet Pea shower gel picked out but apparently you could only use the coupon for lotion. Beggars can’t be choosers and I wasn’t in the mood to hunt down a good scent so I just grabbed something and ended up with Hello Beautiful. I thought the name was cute and the packaging was pretty so I thought “why not”. But, unfortunately, I think I should have taken the .3 seconds it takes to smell a product because I discovered that I hated it upon my arrival home! Take a look:

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A Lil Red Fun Fact is that I just don’t do floral fragrances. Like, ever. And I really should have examined the packaging closer to put two and two together that something with a flower on it is going to be floral scented, lol SMH! Hello Beautiful is just too heavy for my liking since I am all about fruity, flirty, fun fragrances. Bath & Body Work’s website describes Hello Beautiful as a: “perfect blend of white gardenia, jasmine petals, and magnolia blossom”. And guess what? I hate all three of these things!

Thank gawd this is just a travel size and I can probs pawn it off to someone or another for a gift giving occasion! And next time I grab a freebie, I will be much more attentive to what I’m picking out! #SHAMEFUL

What is one scent that you simply can’t stand? Are you a floral or fruity fan? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Where People Go Wrong With Pests

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One thing which often leaves homeowners filled with dread is the thought of pests in their property. They can do a ton of damage to the structure of your home. And not only that, but they can harm your family. Things like fleas and bed bugs can end up irritating your skin. And once you have the annoying bugs in your home, it can be a nightmare to get rid of them. A lot of people make errors which tend to mean that they become a regular occurrence in their home. Here are some ways that people go wrong with pests:

They try and find DIY ways to get rid of them: A lot of people make a vital error when attempting to get rid of pests by trying to cut corners. They think that they can easily find a DIY solution which will get rid of the pests from their home. For one thing, they do it to save money. But while there are some ways you might be able to say goodbye to them, doing it yourself is bound to lead to a return visit. You might get rid of a few of the pests with a homemade spray, but you might not catch them all if they are hidden. Therefore, it’s best to call a professional to come and remove the pests. For one thing, they have done it so many times before, so they know where the pests might be hiding. And they will use a permanent solution so that you won’t have to worry about a return visit anytime soon! Hunt down a pest management company who can come out to your home quickly and get the job done in an efficient manner.

They forget about outside ones: You might be surprised to know that a lot of people make an error of thinking pests can only occur inside. We hear most often about pests like bedbugs and mosquitoes becoming problems in your home. But you also need to consider that pests might be in your garden, too. It’s easy to get fleas and ticks in your lawn if pets are in the backyard. And they could soon get inside your home if they are not dealt with quickly. When it comes to dealing with pests outside, again it’s best to get a professional to come and remove them quickly. That way, it will stop them from entering your home and causing your family a lot of trouble!

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They don’t find a solution quickly: When someone notices an ant or a flea, they think it might just be a one-off, so they might not opt to find a solution quickly. But this can be a big error if you do just leave it. The longer they are left without treatment, the more of a chance they might spread around your home. And then you might struggle to get them under control. As soon as you spot one or two of the pests, find a treatment which will remove them immediately. That way, you can eliminate them before they become a huge problem!

And remember to watch out for signs of pests in your home. You might not see the pests in their form, so it’s best to look out for signs like the ones described in this article.

Don’t Let Damp Put A Damper On Your Home

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Don’t Let Damp Put A Damper On Your Home

Damp can be a problem in any home. Not only does it damage your home and your health, but it doesn’t make for an attractive place to live, either. If damp has taken hold, it can seem impossible to deal with because damp isn’t an easy problem to eliminate. Even so, it’s not impossible. All it takes is patience. It isn’t going to go away over night and it won’t be cheap to deal with, either. Even so, it’s worth the effort. Leaving damp to run riot is not good for the air in your home and the foundations of your house in general. If you’re not sure where to start the battle, here are some tips that can help:

Diagnose The Cause: Sometimes damp will happen because of bad circulation and wet conditions. Sometimes, though, there’s more to it. To solve the problem, you need to diagnose the cause. Often, a problem on the outside will cause damp on the inside. Are there gaps in the grouting on your house? Is your roof leaking? Issues like this can cause major problems. Not to mention that the damp will come back time and again if you don’t deal with them!

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…And Solve It: That’s why it’s important that you do all you can to solve the problem. If there’s a gap in the grouting between the bricks in your home, find out what you can do to address the problem. If there’s a leak in your roof, a company like Frederic Roofing can solve the problem for you. Even if the problem is nothing more than damp conditions, take steps to improve them. As well as causing damp, humid air is bad for your health. Open windows where you can, and buy moisture catchers to keep the humidity at bay!

Deal With The Damp: Once the problem has gone, you can turn your attention to the damp itself. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to remove the damp yourself. In extreme cases, you may need to get the help of professionals. If you are tackling the problem yourself, make sure to wear protective eyewear and gloves. The mold won’t do you any good if you come into contact with it! Fill a bucket with soapy water, and use a cloth to wipe the mold. You may need to scrub hard to get the stubborn parts off.

When you’ve finished, take the time to wipe your walls with a dry cloth until they’re dry. You can’t remove damp if you’re leaving more moisture, after all! If this doesn’t work, it’s time to get the professionals in. This may be a cost, but professional damp removal companies can ensure that all mold is gone. They may even be able to apply damp protection to your home. That way, you can rest easy knowing that the problem won’t be back!

Now that you know what to do, you have no excuse not to deal with this super yucky situation!

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The Household Problems We Dread (& How To Deal With Them)

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For most of us, our homes are our sanctuaries, our little retreats from the rest of the world; they are the places that we feel the most comfortable and safe. There’s no doubt about it; we love our homes. That’s why, when something threatens them, we are prone to panicking. Of course, there are some household problems that we aren’t fazed by, little things that are easily fixable, such as peeling paint or a shower that has a drip. However, there are some problems that send us into a tailspin.

The important thing is that no matter what the problem, you stay calm, cool, and collected, and deal with it in the right way. To help you to do that, below are some of the household problems that we tend to dread, along with tips and advice for the best ways to deal with them:

Water Damage: Whether your home has flooded due to a burst pipe, an overflowing bath, or a natural flood, it can be incredibly upsetting. Water damage doesn’t just damage the flooring, walls, and furniture, depending on how severe it is it can also damage the electrics. The most important thing when a flood occurs is to work out what has caused it and then call in the appropriate help. If it’s an internal flood, call a plumber. However, if natural flooding has come into your home, call your local fire department – they should be able to come and pump the water out. Once you’ve dealt with the flooding itself, the next step is to call your insurance company to log your claim. This is important as you only have a certain time period to do this within, or else your company may not cover you.

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Pesky Pests: Another nightmare that most homeowners dread is the appearance of pests in their home. There’s nothing worse than sitting at the table eating your breakfast only to spot some sort of pest – be it a rat, insect, or another form of rodent, it’s important to look for local pest control companies immediately so that you can get the problem dealt with as soon as possible. You see, the longer you leave an infestation, the worse it will get. So, it’s best to act quickly, as that way it can hopefully be caught early and easily dealt with.

Damp: Damp is a surprisingly common problem, but it’s something that a lot of homeowners panic about. This tends to be because there’s a common misconception that damp can be expensive to treat. In some cases, it can be expensive. However, that depends on how bad the problem is and where in the property the damp is found. That being said, if you notice any damp in your property, it’s best to call in an expert as soon as possible, to ensure that the problem doesn’t get any worse.

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The issues mentioned above are some of the most common problems that homeowners dread. However, as long as you know how to deal with these sorts of issues, they don’t necessarily have to be a serious problem!