TIP OF THE WEEK

The average American contracts two to four colds annually, according to WebMD. If you do catch a bug, consider the following care tips from health and wellness expert Cassie Sobelton and Robitussin Honey:

- Stock up on tissues, hand sanitizers and disinfectants so you need not shop for supplies when ill.

- Refill your medicine cabinet with cough and cold medicines formulated for daytime and nighttime use.

- Carry disinfectant wipes or sprays so you can clean up surfaces that may have been exposed to germs.

- Consume healthy food and drink. Maintain a balanced diet, eating a daily portion of a high-bacteria foods and drinking plenty of water.

For more tips, visit www.robitussinhoney.com.

PERSONAL CARE

Brighten your beauty routine

As you relax and socialize this season, consider these effective steps from Colgate Optic White to make your face look brighter and more vibrant:

- Eat well and stay hydrated. When you cut out junk food, eat nourishing foods and drink plenty of water, your skin tends to reward you by looking clearer right away.

- Use a simple product that will whiten your smile. Turning your teeth dazzlingly white, even if they’ve been discolored by time and/or the frequent consumption of coffee, tea and red wine, can be easy if you find the right product.

- Tame those wayward eyebrows. These days, women and men are both paying more attention to the definition, shape and overall neatness of their brows.

CANCER

Frequent heartburn and cancer

If you are among the millions of Americans with chronic heartburn, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) wants you to think differently about your condition. It may indicate something more serious — changes in the cells lining your esophagus that could lead to a common form of esophageal cancer.

There’s more reason than ever to act today. Gastroenterologists can now more reliably detect these cell changes when they are still harmless, and more easily treat or remove them before they can progress to cancer.

Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of esophageal cancer in the U.S. and primarily affects white men over age 55. Experts expect this health concern to increase in incidence over the next 10 years due to the rise of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Visit www.PreventHeartburnCancer.org for more information.

TICKS

Tips for tick removal

To remove a tick, use a pair of tweezers and wrap them around the tick, as close to your skin as possible. Then, applying steady, even pressure, pull the tick up and away from your skin. Avoid twisting or jerking, as these movements can cause the tick’s mouth parts to break off and remain in the wound. You should also avoid trying to squish the tick, as this can cause the tick’s blood to seep into the wound.

Once the tick has been removed from your body successfully, clean the area with soap and water. You may also use an antiseptic. Then keep an eye on the area where you found the tick. If you notice a rash developing over the following days or you start to suffer from headaches or fever, see your doctor right away.

To learn more about protecting yourself, visit www.pestworld.org.

- Brandpoint