5 Sore Throat Remedies

We’re all familiar with a sore throat –the swollen glands, slight pain when you cough or swallow, and difficulty talking. Follow these 5 simple remedies during the first signs of these symptoms and you may significantly reduce the number of days you suffer from a sore throat:

  1. Prevent dehydration.

    Particularly drinking enough hot fluids, such as tea or soup, may help decrease your throat irritation. We love adding a lot of grated ginger and honey mixed with a little lemon into hot water. Make sure to let it seep for at least 5 minutes to absorb the ginger flavor.
  2. Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom.

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    Why Gargle With Salt Water?
    1. It draws moisture out of swollen tissues, relieving inflammation. 2. A salty environment prevents bacteria from growing

    Adding moisture back into the air will help you sleep through the night without coughing from a dry, scratchy throat.
  3. Gargle with warm salt water.

    This will help you reduce swelling and discomfort. Gargle at least once each hour (up to 8 times daily) with 1 tsp (5 g) of sea salt dissolved in 8 fl oz (240 mL) of warm water for 10-30 seconds.
  4. Consider throat lozenges (cough drops) or throat sprays.

    These solutions can provide you temporary relief and keep your throat from being further irritated. (Look for sugar-free options!)
  5. Try a decongestant or a steroid nasal spray if you have a stuffy nose.

    You can get these over-the-counter (OTC). They may help open your air passages and relieve your runny nose and postnasal drip, which may cause a sore throat or make it worse.

To save on medications for throat infections, such as amoxicillin, cephalexin, erythromycin, and penicillin, as well as other prescriptions, simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link at the top of the page. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how our free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

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12/23/2015 

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The Flu: 4 Common Questions Answered

Just like the holidays, flu season comes once a year. And with it, ads for flu shots at your doctor’s office, pharmacy, and local clinic. You should know that this vaccine only protects against the influenza viruses that research has indicated will be most common during the upcoming season. So, it is possible you will get the flu even if you get vaccinated. 

Interestingly, some scientists say that the flu epidemic won’t peak until about February this year. So, whether you choose to get a flu shot or not, you should still learn about the virus. Here’s what you should know… 

1. What Are the Symptoms?

Unlike a cold, the flu can come on suddenly and aggressively. Its symptoms are similar to the common cold, but can include fever*, headache and muscle soreness. If you experience any of the following, you may want to consider a visit to your doctor.
  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
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    Try ginger, lemon, honey tea for a sore throat.

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • You may have vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

2. How Long Does the Flu Last?

It typically lasts one to two weeks, with severe symptoms subsiding in two to three days. However, weakness, fatigue, and a dry cough can linger for three to seven days.

3. Who is at risk?

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Children under 2 are most at risk for complications from the flu.

You are at risk, because anyone can get the flu. However, some people are at a higher risk for complications, including:

  • Young children
  • Adults 65 years or older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease)
  • Pregnant women

4. How Does the Flu Spread?

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Wash hands regularly

You’re exposed when an infected person coughs, because the germs travel through the air and you can breath them in. Shaking hands that are contaminated with the influenza virus also puts you at risk. If you have the flu, you can help prevent spreading it by covering your mouth and nose when coughing and washing your hands regularly.

To save on flu shots or medications such as Flublok, Tamiflu, Fluzone, as well as other prescriptionssimply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link at the top of the page. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how our free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

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12/22/2015 

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The Importance of Medication Adherence

By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

You’ve probably read in the news that Congress is furthering its investigations into the rising costs of prescription medications. We think this is great news because we share their concern about the affordability of medicines. Higher prices may mean fewer people will be able to afford their prescriptions and take them as directed by their doctors.

What is medication adherence and why does it matter?

Medication AdherancePrescription adherence is important to your health. Medication adherence is generally defined as the extent to which patients follow a prescription regimen determined by their doctors. It involves filling prescriptions, understanding directions and taking medicine as scheduled.  It matters because failure to comply limits control and effective management of chronic illnesses.

This may result in an increased burden on our health care system because these individuals with poor health will keep returning to the doctor’s office for unresolved problems. Per year, poor medication adherence has resulted in 33% to 69% of medication-related hospital admissions in the United States, and at least 125,000 deaths annually.

Why is this happening? 

Why do more than 1 in 5 patients let their prescriptions go unfilled?  And, why do 50 percent of patients not take their medications as directed? 

Not being able to afford medications is cited as the number one reason that patients do not adhere to prescription schedules.

Poor medication adherence may negatively affect your cycle of health.  Don’t let it.

If you are unable to pay for your prescription, check if a generic version is available or if your doctor can suggest ways to offset the drug cost.  The free Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card can also be a great help. The card provides savings on most FDA-approved brand and generic medications. Sometimes, our discounted pricing is cheaper than insurance co-pays. And, if you have a high deductible that must be met before prescription coverage begins, our card can help right away.

Use our Greatest Prescription Savings™ (GPS) tool (wtree.us/savingstool) to find out the cost with our card on your prescription medication, at pharmacies close to you. Simply provide the drug name and your zip code, then get a card to start saving.

Remember, when medication adherence falls that affects the health of our entire community. Let’s work together towards everyone’s improved wellness.

Watertree Health MVP Spotlight: Jeff Gruber

Continuing Series…

DSC_0652Jeff Gruber, North Carolina native, is a husband, father, high-school basketball coach, and now a Watertree Health® MVP. In just over 10 months, he has not only shown remarkable success helping his community afford medication while supporting our Make-A-Wish® program, but has also helped Watertree Health grow as a company. He actively participates in company calls, provides tips to fellow reps, and embraces the company culture. It’s no surprise that Jeff’s a President Club member as well.

To demonstrate just how committed Jeff is to the company and our cause, he has personally recruited 9 like-minded people: his wife, his son and daughter, his sister-in-law, and a number of friends and former colleagues. As a duo, Jeff and his wife, Terry are having record-breaking days at the pharmacies and making a major difference in their community.

Eric Beaumont, Jeff’s Director says, “Jeff’s secret to success is his 100% commitment. When people talk to him, they understand the emotion and giving-attitude of Watertree Health. People want to be a part of it because they see how committed he is.”

Alongside Jeff’s dedication to the pharmacies, devotion to Make-A-Wish, and wealth of business experience, he has the personality to match. He’s a genuine, friendly, people-person who knows how to build and maintain relationships. For example, Anita Dameron (also a Watertree Health MVP) referred Jeff to our company after they had been introduced. Both of these star reps were attracted to Watertree Health’s giving culture—save money on medication and help grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

“For 30 years, I’ve craved something where I could make a difference. I’ve never seen a model like this that’s an opportunity to build income while helping people. I don’t think I’ve seen anything better. I pinch myself everyday.”

As a former college basketball player and member of NCAA Final Four team, Jeff understands the meaning of hard work and personal development. Despite his successes and breadth of experience, he remains humble always looking for opportunities to grow professionally. Thank you Jeff for all that you do for your community, Make-A-Wish, and your fellow Watertree Health Reps. We are so lucky to have such a star-player on our team!

Humidifier Benefits: Defeat Dry Winter Air

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Maintain humidity levels and keep your humidifiers clean!

As temperatures drop, we all know it’s important to keep your home warm and comfortable. Unfortunately, your heating system may significantly dry the air in your home, which can aggravate your skin, sinuses, and throats. Not only is that uncomfortable, it can leave you vulnerable during cold and flu season. A room humidifier can provide numerous health and beauty benefits simply by adding moisture back into the air.

All humidifiers are great for clearing congestion and easing coughs, but some allow you to add essential oils that can help open sinuses or fill the room with a calming scent like lavender. If your budget is tight or you’re looking for a solution while shopping around for a humidifier, try placing a pan or bowl over your heater for an instant homemade humidifier. Read on to learn more about the advantages of a humidifier.

Some health benefits of a humidifier:

  • Relieves sinusitis: If the air is dry, your sinuses aren’t draining properly
  • No more nosebleeds: Keeping your nasal passages moist is key to preventing nosebleeds
  • Reduces the sound of snoring: The moisture from a humidifier keeps your throat from drying out so your snoring may not be as loud
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    Humidifiers can add moisture back to skin, lips, and hair.

Some beauty benefits of a humidifier:

  • Adds moisture to your skin and hair 
  • Relieves your dry and usually red eyes 
  • Keeps your lips from drying out and being chapped

Don’t forget, it’s important to keep your humidifier clean and change the filter as indicated. Dirty humidifiers can breed mold or bacteria. They can actually make you sick if they aren’t maintained properly or if humidity levels stay too high.

If you have allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor before using a humidifier.

Whether you’re fighting a cold or sore throat this season, or have regular prescription medications, the Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card can help you and your loved ones save money. To get a card, simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link at the top of the page. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how our free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_SM_webYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

By WHBlogger
 

12/9/2015 

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Are You at Risk for COPD?

BB_COPD-smallMaybe you’ve seen the commercials, or perhaps you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also referred to as COPD. It is commonly used as an umbrella term for emphysema, interstitial lung disease, and bronchitis

COPD
is an incurable lung condition that restricts airways and can worsen over time. Some of its many symptoms include: coughing, wheezing, phlegm, and shortness of breath. In the early stages, you may feel tightness in your chest and have trouble breathing. It usually affects the older and aging population. You should know that it is not contagious, but it may deteriorate your quality of life over time.

Are You At Risk, Do you Have COPD?
According to the COPD Foundation, if you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to get tested for COPD:

  1. Do you have a history of smoking?
  2. Have you had long-term exposure to air pollutants (including pollution and second-hand smoke)?
  3. Do you have chronic coughing or wheezing?
  4. Do you have shortness of breath that has become worse over time?
  5. Can you keep up with people of your own age?

Many people with COPD have found success with inhalers, such as Serevent Diskus that open up their airways by relaxing their muscles, and prescriptions that help reduce the inflammation of their lungs. There are also many non-medical things you can do to help you feel better and improve your quality of life such as getting regular exercise, eating healthy meals and snacks, using non-toxic cleaning products, etc.

To save on COPD medications such as Proair HFA, Ventolin HFA, and Albuterol Sulfate as well as other prescriptionssimply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link at the top of the page. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how our free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

By
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12/03/2015 

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