What is a Stye?
A stye is a tender, painful, red bump located at the base of an eyelash or on the inside of the eyelid. A stye usually results from a localized infection of the glands. These infections occur when the friendly bacteria that live on the surface of our skin become trapped along with dead skin cells and other debris at the base of an eyelash or on the inside of the eyelid. Styes are not contagious and therefore cannot be passed from one person to another. Styes are common, especially between the ages of 20 and 50. Most people have experienced a stye at least once or twice in their life.
How do I treat a stye?
Fortunately, there are treatments and home remedies you can use to help relieve your symptoms. Typical stye symptoms include painful, red, swollen bumps on the eyelids, swollen eyelids, itching, burning, and discomfort. Although styes will naturally heal themselves over the course of several days to a week, they do tend to be very uncomfortable (and don’t look great), which is why you want to treat them as soon as possible.
While there are several products on the market for the treatment of stye symptoms, there is only one homeopathic ointment. Here at The Relief Products™, we pride ourselves on creating innovative and safe solutions for the common irritants of everyday living. We have formulated a product that uses an ointment (designed to stay on the localized infection) combined with natural homeopathic ingredients for safe and effective relief of stye symptoms. There are other ointments for the treatment of styes, but they do not contain any active homeopathic ingredients (Stye Relief® has 5). There are also other homeopathic products for stye symptoms, but they only come in liquid eye-drops, which do not stay on the affected area. TRP has taken the usability of an ointment and combined it with homeopathic ingredients to create a gentle, yet effective, stye relief medicine.
Besides using TRP’s Stye Relief® Homeopathic Sterile Lubricating Eye Ointment, there are several other at home remedies you can use to help alleviate your symptoms. One of the most common remedies is to use a warm compress on the stye. Take a warm, damp cloth and gently press it over the eye with the stye (You can use tea bags for this as well). Do this for 10-15 minutes, several times per day as needed. Additionally, it is good to clean your eyelid with a mild soap and some warm water to keep it clean. We also recommend avoiding makeup use and/or contacts while the stye is healing, and to throw away any makeup or contacts that may have come into contact with the stye. Products that go in and around your eye are more likely to cause reinfection if they have been used while the infection is present.
If your stye symptoms persist or worsen after several days, seek advice from your doctor or physician to rule out any serious conditions.
Like many women, you probably have a small bag of makeup and some of your favorite self-care products in your bathroom at home. What you may not know is that your old eye makeup can cause a serious eye infection. Nearly all makeup contains preservatives to slow the rate of bacterial growth, however, your eyelashes have natural bacteria on them which can spread to your makeup brushes and containers after use. The older the makeup is, the greater chance the bacteria build up in the container can lead to an eye infection or allergic reaction. According to the FDA, “a cosmetic can cause an infection. In rare cases, women have been temporarily or permanently blinded by an infection from an eye cosmetic.”
Does this mean you should run home and throw away all your makeup? Not necessarily. Most important is to use your makeup with care. Make it a priority to keep the container clean and closed when it is not being used. Additionally, it is best to not share any kind of makeup with another person, as this greatly increases the risk of spreading an infection. Another suggestion is to review the ingredients thoroughly before purchasing to avoid any allergic reactions or complications.
You may be wondering what an appropriate amount of time to keep your makeup is. Experts suggest changing your makeup every 2-4 months, as this will reduce the risk of infection. This is a good rule to follow for all makeup, especially mascara, eye liner, and other eye makeup. Spring cleaning applies to your cosmetics too!
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of an eye infection, including redness, burning, watering, swelling, or crusting, discontinue use of that makeup immediately. In most cases, the infection will clear up in a few days. In more severe cases, antibiotic drops may be necessary to eliminate the infection. In either case, we suggest using TRP’s PinkEye Relief® to soothe your irritated eye. PinkEye Relief® is formulated with five 100% natural active ingredients designed to work gently with your body to alleviate these symptoms. TRP also offers Stye Relief®, a topical ointment designed to relieve stye symptoms (which can also be caused by makeup misuse!) such as red swollen bumps on the eyelids, itching, and burning. All of TRP’s products are homeopathic and have no known side effects, interactions with medications, or contraindications. Stay Healthy, Naturally™, with The Relief Products™.
To Read More About Eye Cosmetic Safety, Visit the FDA Website Here.
Those who suffer from tinnitus are all too familiar with the frustration and solitude the condition causes. While some have endured tinnitus symptoms for as long as they can remember, others develop the condition over time due to a variety of circumstances. Often, over-exposure to loud noise during a period in their lives brings on Tinnitus. It can become a very lonely condition, as no one else can truly experience what you are “hearing.” Rest assured, you are not alone. Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, or approximately 15% of the population.
In an effort to provide comfort to those struggling with tinnitus, we have compiled a list of celebrities you may be familiar with who also suffer from this potentially debilitating condition. Knowing others are experiencing the same symptoms and frustrations can be reassuring. People from all walks of life can experience tinnitus, and we hope some of these names are familiar to you. Check out this list of 25 celebrities who suffer from tinnitus.
Musicians who Suffer from Tinnitus:
1. Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
2. Barbara Streisand
3. Bob Dylan
4. Chris Martin (Coldplay)
5. Eric Clapton
6. James Hetfield (Metallica)
7. Neil Young
8. Ozzy Osbourne
9. Pete Townshend (The Who)
10. Phil Collins
…And it’s not just musicians who suffer from tinnitus.
Actors & TV Personalities with Tinnitus
13. Alex Trebek
14. David Letterman
15. Gerard Butler
16. Keanu Reeves
17. Steve Martin
18. William Shatner
19. Whoopi Goldberg
Furthermore, tinnitus is a condition that has been around for centuries.
Historical Figures who had Tinnitus:
21. Charles Darwin
22. Martin Luther
24. Ronald Reagan
25. Vincent Van Gogh
Some of the worlds greatest musicians, actors, artists, and leaders have suffered from tinnitus. We can draw from their experiences and be inspired by their perseverance to overcome tinnitus. Although tinnitus can be debilitating, there are treatments and therapies designed to help you cope with your tinnitus symptoms. It is worth mentioning that talking to someone about your condition can help you to not feel isolated. For more information about tinnitus, therapies, and other ways to manage your condition, visit:
We also encourage you to join our Facebook Tinnitus Support Group for articles, news, and updates on all things tinnitus related.
The Relief Products™ is proud to offer a homeopathic remedy designed to help alleviate tinnitus symptoms. Ring Relief® is comprised of natural active ingredients that are safe and effective. Winner of the 2017-2018 Women’s Choice Award for Tinnitus Relief!
This post about what to do when your kid gets pink eye is brought to you by our friends at The Relief Products through our participation in the Women’s Choice Award Blogger program. Opinions are my own.
If you’re a parent, teacher, caregiver, coach, you know the fear of having pink eye in the house/classroom/camp etc. It’s one of the most contagious things and with kids touching their faces and everything around them all the time, there’s good reason. NO ONE wants to deal with pink eye. The good news? There’s 3 kinds of pink eye. Viral, bacterial and allergic.
I’ve had just a few instances of pink eye in my life, but the last time I had it was as an adult and it was a doozy. Holy cow. I took a nap, woke up, and I’ve never seen anything like it before or since. Hopefully I won’t again. Apparently, I rubbed my eyes when I was sleeping and made things so much worse. I couldn’t even drive, it was so bad. And gross. Did I mention gross?
Thankfully, most kids don’t seem to get *that* bad, or we adults catch it sooner and it doesn’t get that bad. My lesson was learned, and fast. But, as a early childhood educator, child care worker, parent, and pink eye sufferer, I’ve learned what to do when your kid gets pink eye.
First: Don’t panic.
Really, no matter how tempting it is, panic helps no one. It’s gross and contagious, but it’s not likely to be the end of the world as you know it.
Second: Get them relief.
TRP’s PinkEye Relief® is something always on hand in my medicine cabinet. Pink eye and the like don’t seem to strike at convenient hours when the doctor’s office is open, amiright? At the first signs of pink eye we use this homeopathic medicine to offer relief from pink eye symptoms. It’ll help with redness and burning sensation, watering and swelling and that oh so lovely crusting and gritty feeling in those irritated eyes. Keep in mind that eye drops and ointments are NOT meant to be shared, so try to keep at least 2 on hand. Hopefully you’ll not need them, but chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re there.
PRO MOM TIP: Eye stuff is hard for most kids, so have them lay flat and close their eyes. With clean hands, gently pull their lower lid down and squeeze the drops into the lower lid. When they close their eye again, it’ll help to spread the drops around.
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But especially, as a mom, I NEED to know what others are finding that works for their kids, especially with something that can be so uncomfortable and downright miserable as conjunctivitis. In 12+ years of parenting, I can count on one hand- actually- one finger- the times that my kids came home with or woke up with the telltale signs of pink eye AND the doctor’s office was still open. So I really have learned to keep some things on hand, and PinkEye Relief® is one of them!
Remember we talked about how much teens and tweens love their headphones and earbuds, especially on road trips earlier this summer, and how we like to have Ring Relief® packed in case they have the volume up high and kids have ringing in their ears? Same brand. Different product. My oldest also gets styes frequently in her eyes, so she has a Stye Relief ® ointment she keeps in a cosmetic pouch in her backpack, and another in her drawer in her bathroom.
Lukewarm compresses. PRO MOM TIP: one time use!! Throw them into a hot washing machine after one use. Do not reuse! I grab my trusty bucket I use when there are stomach bugs in the house and keep soiled washcloths in there. They get a hot water run thru the machine and dried on high afterwards.
Third: Start cleaning.
Up first? Bedding. Especially pillowcases. Ideally, sheets and blankets, but if you only can do part, do the pillowcases. Toss them in a hot water wash with the washcloths. Stuffed animals that they cuddle with, too. Dolls can get a wipe down as well.
Now, if you can wash their backpack/school bag, toss it in the washing machine. If you can’t? Clean it by hand. Remember, kids touch all over their bags, and those bags touch bus seats and desks and chairs…
Next up? Hit the doorknobs and light switches in the house.
With back to school comes cuts, bruises and other minor ailments. Make sure you are prepared for anything with our First Aid Kit List– and make a perfect first aid kit you can grab and go! We have teamed up with TRP Relief Products to share this post with you! Pink Eye Relief earned the Women’s Choice Award in 2017!
Sometimes it feels like someone always needs a bandaid! I tried keeping them in my purse, but that just resulted in a bit mess and dumping out my whole purse. Plus, if ointment or gauze was needed I would spend an hour rummaging under all of our sinks. It was time to make a first aid kit!
Create this easy first aid kit to keep your necessary supplies handy!
Box To Hold Kit (Can be a lunchbox, pencil case, art supply box, etc.)
Supplies To Decorate Kit (Paint Pens, Nail Polish, Sticker Paper, Etc.)
First Aid Supplies
Snack Size Zipper Bags
Luckily this is an easy project that only takes a few minutes- but saves lots of time! First, find a container that is a good size to hold all of your supplies. An old lunch box or pencil box will work (or grab an extra pencil box when you’re school supply shopping!). I’m using a small, plastic art supply box from the craft store.
Create this easy first aid kit to keep your necessary supplies handy!
Next, decorate your box to identify it as a first aid kit. I used white sticker paper to cut out a cross shape and applied it to my box. You can also paint on a red cross using paint pens or nail polish.
Create this easy first aid kit to keep your necessary supplies handy!
Finally, collect your first aid supplies. Snack size zipper bags are great for helping to organize things like bandages, gauze pads and alcohol wipes- this way they are easily accessible and not a jumbled mess.
Create this easy first aid kit to keep your necessary supplies handy!
Here is everything I put in my kit!
First Aid Supplies Checklist:
Pink Eye Relief
Instant Ice Pack
Create this easy first aid kit to keep your necessary supplies handy!
Pink Eye Relief has saved me a time or two- especially when the boys were little. It’s safe, gentle, all natural and has no side effects. It helps to ease any pink eye symptoms such as burning, itching, overnight crusting and swelling. Pink eye is not fun, but Pink Eye Relief definitely makes it bearable! You can grab it Wal-Mart, Target, CVS and other retailers.
The rest of the supplies are pretty standard! Make sure to have different sizes of bandages and bandaids- plus an instant ice pack! And of course, don’t forget the gloves, wipes and alcohol pads. Safety first!
Finally, stash your kit somewhere easily accessible, and make sure the whole family knows where it is! It is so nice to finally have everything I need in one spot- I am thinking of making another one for the car! Sporting events often lead to little scraps and having my kit handy would be perfect!
Read more great blogs from Madeline at www.hoosierhomemade.com
For those of us who own dogs, we know the dirt and mess that comes along with it. Some of our dogs’ favorite pastimes include rolling around in the mud, swimming in a pond, and eating questionable food off the ground. According to an article recently published in the New York Times by Richard Schiffman, it may be our dog’s dirty habits that are helping us stay healthy.
Scientists have been increasing their focus and study on the “indoor microbiome.” This term refers to the bacteria, germs, fungi, and viruses that live among us in our homes. While this may sound like a problem, our exposure to these substances is beneficial in helping us fend off a variety of illnesses. Our immune systems rely on many of these substances to develop and function properly. If you are like me, you may have a slight obsession with keeping things clean and neat in your home. What most of us don’t know is how advantageous it is to have some of these substances present in our living space.
Humans spend approximately 90% of their lives indoors (especially young children), in what is considered “bacteria poor environments.” This can cause our body to over-react to non-harmful substances and make us sick. Some common examples of conditions developed from these circumstances are allergies and asthma. Having an allergy is simply your body attacking something it shouldn’t, due to lack of exposure. This exposure is especially important for children, specifically those in their first 3 months of life.
So what do dogs have to do with this? Well, if you are in need of bacteria and germs for your home, look no further than “man’s best friend”. Having a dog at home can raise the levels of nearly 56 different types of bacteria that we encounter daily. Further proof of this idea can be found in a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The research found that in general, Amish people suffer less from immune related illnesses due to their exposure to the bacteria and germs carried by farm animals. It also notes that this way of living is very similar to how our human ancestors lived for thousands of years before us. Since all of us cannot live on a farm, the next best thing may be owning a dog.
While there is still animal borne microbes that can be harmful to humans, the positives greatly out-weigh the negatives. There is very good reason to believe that having an animal in the house, especially with young children, is good exposure to necessary germs and bacteria. Humans and dogs have had a relationship that dates back more than 40,000 years. Perhaps we are just now discovering some of the other benefits of our relationship besides the unwavering loyalty and companionship they offer.
For more information or to read Richard Schiffman’s Article “Are Pets the new Probiotic?” click here.
It is estimated that 15% of the U.S. population, or roughly 50 million people, experience some form of tinnitus. There are various causes for the perceived buzzing, chirping, hissing, or ringing in the ear. However, nearly 90% of tinnitus cases are accompanied by underlying hearing loss. Other tinnitus causes include earwax impaction, underlying vascular conditions, high blood pressure, spinal problems, as well as certain medications or combination of medicines. If you are unsure if you have tinnitus, or if you would like further counseling on tinnitus treatment, keep reading.
If you have not yet seen a doctor about your hearing loss or tinnitus, please do. There are options, treatments, and therapies available that may help you to cope with this frustrating condition. By seeing a doctor, you will be able to (in most cases) identify the root cause of your tinnitus, allowing you to seek treatment accordingly. Standard tests for tinnitus include a range of hearing test and other related examinations. Additionally, some tests and exercises may be done to rule out causes other than noise induced hearing loss.
Once a cause for your tinnitus has been determined, your focus should then turn toward utilizing specific therapies, activities, and treatments to reduce the severity of your tinnitus. There are a variety of tinnitus relief therapies that can be used to help combat your symptoms. One of the more common treatments used is known as TAT, or Tinnitus Activities Treatment. This therapy is focused on uniquely counseling each person, tailoring the exercises and activities specifically to that person’s tinnitus symptoms. Through this treatment, the patient is evaluated in 4 areas that are affected by their tinnitus. These areas include sleep, hearing, emotions, and concentration. Therapists spend time working with the patient to improve in these areas in hopes of reducing the effects of their tinnitus. Other types of therapy used to help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus include cognitive behavioral therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, and sound therapy. These are all designed to help the patient learn to live with tinnitus by finding ways to decrease the severity of the symptoms and improve the patients’ quality of life. There are many interesting ways in which cognitive exercise can retrain the brain to make the tinnitus noise less noticeable to the patient.
For more information about tinnitus symptoms, causes, and the different types of treatment available, plus additional resources, visit The Hearing Health Foundation & The American Tinnitus Association.
For help with relief from the severity of your tinnitus, we also recommend using Ring Relief® from The Relief Products. Ring Relief®, winner of the 2017 Women’s Choice Award for Tinnitus Relief, is a homeopathic product developed to provide multi-symptom therapy for the temporary relief of symptoms such as buzzing, chirping, roaring, or ringing in the ear. It also provides temporary relief for sensitivity to noise, nerve sensitivity in the ear, ear discomfort, as well as ear congestion and throbbing. Ring Relief® is safe and gentle to use with no known contraindications. Ring Relief® is available in both ear drops and fast dissolving tablets. Try America’s #1 selling ear drop for tinnitus and let us help you stay healthy, naturally™. For more information about Ring Relief®, or to join our tinnitus support group, visit our Facebook page.
*information for blog provided by The Hearing Health Foundation.
Per a recent CNN article by Jen Christensen (CNN Health, Medical, & Wellness Unit Producer), Studies have found that practicing mindfulness daily can have many health benefits, including reduced stress levels, sharpening the mind, a reduction in anxiety, and an increase in focus. According to Mindful.org, Mindfulness can be defined as “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” This may seem like a straight forward concept, but it can be surprising how many of us are unable to fully achieve mindfulness on a day to day basis. It can be viewed as meditation, but also as a mindset and way to live your life- never allowing your emotions to overcome and distract your brain from what is happening in the present moment.
Scientists and researchers have found that humans spend much of their time thinking about things other then what is happening immediately around them. Surely many of us can relate. Often, we find ourselves thinking about the things in our lives that cause us stress and anxiety, not allowing ourselves to truly be present in the moment and focus on the task at hand. One study tested this theory by texting people at random times throughout the day to ask what they were doing and what they were thinking about. Not surprisingly, about 46% of adults (nearly half) were not focused on the task at hand, but thinking about something else while working. Some of us would simply call this “multitasking,” but there are signs indicating it is non-beneficial to our health. Those in the study that reported “regular mind wandering” were found to be less happy then those who could remain focused.
So how do we become mindful? And how do we stay mindful daily? Science has found that both sleep and meditation are very beneficial for maintaining a sharp mind. The Dalai Lama, a master of meditation, sleeps for approximately nine hours per night and spends 5 hours meditating every day. He practices analytical meditation, meaning he spends time thinking about and analyzing the world around him. He finds this extremely helpful in remaining sharp and focused.
Recent research found that monks who spent many hours meditating show signs of change in their brains. Through MRI’s, doctors could observe signs of neuroplasticity, “meaning the monks’ brains were reshaping to become more resilient.” This is a fascinating concept considering that for many years we believed that a person’s brain became fully developed as an adult, with little to no change occurring thereafter. Scientists found that these monks could activate the part of their brain responsible for controlling their over-all well-being and immune system, thus allowing them to reach “a deeper level of consciousness.”
The good news is that we do not have to become monks to become more mindful and conscious. Scientists also spent time studying those who were new to meditation and monitored them for 8 weeks as they received mindful attention training. These studies also found an improvement in the region of the brain that controls our emotions. Additionally, it was determined that practicing mindfulness tends to make people more productive, stable, and have more self-control. The article goes on to discuss how mindfulness may be beneficial for those trying to overcome mental issues including depression and addiction. While there is still much research and experimentation to be done, it can certainly be concluded that mindfulness has positive effects on the human mind and body, perhaps more so than we know. For more information about mindfulness or to check out the full article, here.
For many, the holiday season is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. However, the chaotic schedules and stress that come with it can have serious impacts on our health. Unfortunately, many of our schedules and habits are working hard to weaken our immune system and make us sick. The chaotic nature of the season leaves us little time to focus on ourselves, or our health. It is always important to put health first, with an emphasis on exercising and eating properly. As we shy away from our diets and resort to unhealthy foods, so begins a cycle of unhealthy habits that can be hard to break. Here are a few simple tips for staying healthy during the holidays.
1. Watch what you eat.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that the holidays can add a couple inches to your waistline. Between the holiday meals and decadent deserts it is common to put on some extra weight this time of year. Eating healthy during the holidays is difficult! Deserts and other sweets contain high levels of sugar which negatively affect your immune system, reducing your bodies ability to fight off illness and disease. In a recent study, the CDC found only 9% of all Americans are eating the daily recommended amount of vegetables, and only 12% are eating the recommended amount of fruit. Make it a priority to eat healthy when you can, your body will thank you for it!
2. Drink Water and Stay Hydrated.
Staying hydrated is always important, especially in the winter months to avoid illness, as bacteria and viruses thrive in dry, cool conditions. Do not allow your body to be a breeding ground for illness! At night, try sleeping with a humidifier to add moisture to the air. More importantly, be sure to drink plenty of water (health officials suggest about 8 glasses per day). The physical and mental health benefits of drinking water are often overlooked!
Additionally, it is common this time of year for people to attend parties, stay out later, and consume more alcohol. For these reasons, it is even more important to replenish your body, as dehydration can be the cause for many common conditions you want to avoid (headaches, fatigue, etc.).
3. Stay Active.
Staying fit during the holidays can also be a challenge. Whether it is due to a hectic work schedule or the cold weather, people tend to spend far more time inside during the winter months. This lack of activity and limited exposure to sunlight can lead to a weakened immune system. Try some at home exercises, or head out to the gym for a full-body workout. Staying active will help fight off illness, improve your energy levels, help you sleep, and boost your overall level of happiness.
4. Stop the Spread of Germs.
Avoiding germs is one of the best ways to stay healthy. For starters, wash your hands more often. This will greatly reduce the risk of getting sick. In addition to washing your hands, wipe down any surface that someone else may have touched or used before you. This is especially important while traveling (airports, planes, buses, etc.). Always be sure to carry hand sanitizer with you as well.
Using these tips as a guide will help you to stay healthy through the colder winter months. You want to feel your best while spending time with family and friends, so take control of your health this year and make it a priority. From all of us at TRP, we hope everyone has a happy and (very) healthy holiday season!