Health issues can strike even the healthiest of us at any time. While quite a few of these issues demand immediate medical attention, many of them are not quite serious and can be easily fixed with simple home remedies. As women, we have pretty unique bodies, and with that uniqueness come health issues that are exclusive to us. Here are 9 of them that you can remedy on your own without breaking a sweat.
1. Menstrual Cramps And PMS
These can be clubbed together since they are interrelated. Now PMSing symptoms may vary – some of us may get super cranky, while some of us may have those chocolate cravings. As for menstrual cramps, they are undoubtedly the worst pain ever.
To fix PMS, cutting down sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and salt can help. For menstrual cramps, hot water bags can work wonders. You can try fennel seeds too to get relief (1).
2. Itchy Vagina
Vaginal itching is quite common and is quite often the result of a yeast infection (2). Skintight clothes, poor personal hygiene and itching the affected region can also make it worse.
If you want to get rid of vaginal itching, you should try washing this area with a mixture of warm water and apple cider vinegar. You can also apply virgin coconut oil.
3. Fluid Retention
Fluid retention takes place when your body stores up an excess of fluids due to an inactive lifestyle, poor hydration or pregnancy and its symptoms manifest in the form of swollen hands and feet, ankles, and legs.
You can fix this relatively harmless condition by having diuretic tea such as dandelion tea, which reduces swelling and induces peeing (3). Moving around a lot can help too.
4. Cold Sores
A result of the herpes simplex virus, cold sores develop around your mouth (4). They are itchy and embarrassing and take up to 10 whole days to vanish!
Applying ice on the affected area is a simple and effective way to reduce the impact of cold sores. You should also eat cold foods to soothe the area.
5. Tummy Problems
A bad diet is not the only cause of stomach issues. Stress and anxiety are also contributing factors and can give rise to ailments such as bloating, aches, and pains.
To fight them, you can simply take a brisk ten-minute walk (5). Alternatively, navel massage (above the navel to be precise) can provide some comfort too.
6. Shoe Bites
Ah, the woes of wearing sexy stilettoes! New shoes, tight shoes or shoes you haven’t worn in a while can give rise to the infamous ‘shoe bites’, which are basically painful blisters.
Put a gauze bandage on the affected area instead of a regular bandage. A gauze bandage can provide pain relief by reducing friction when you walk.
7. Painful Sex
Vaginal dryness is often the culprit behind painful sex in women. Unfortunately, painful sex is not the only side effect. It can hamper your relationship too. Hence, if it is not caused by a serious health issue, it should be weeded out.
The best way to treat vaginal dryness and prevent painful sex is to use a water-soluble lubricant.
8. Irregular Sleep
Studies have shown that woman are more likely to suffer from sleeping problems than men, which is quite alarming as we do need our beauty sleep (6)! But luckily, it can be fixed.
Apart from overthinking before bedtime, de-cluttering the mind by writing a diary can help. Keeping away the phone or laptop can also aid sleep.
Burns, acne, and injuries – all of them can leave ugly scars, which can prevent you from getting into that lovely dress. Getting rid of them though is easy.
Just apply some fresh aloe gel on the affected regularly, and you will see visible results in few weeks.
So ladies, take matters into your own hands and get rid of these minor health issues today. However, before you do that, make sure you rule out the possibility of an underlying serious condition.