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Effective home remedy for Viral Warts

Effective home remedy for Viral Warts

I recently came across a home remedy that actually works to clear viral warts on the skin. The ingredients are simply baking soda and oil. I choose to use DoTERRA’s fractionated coconut oil. The oil is used as a base for the baking soda. Mix both up until it becomes like a paste.

Facial viral warts – before treatment

Then, put a small amount of this paste on a surgical tape and cover the wart with it. Leave the tape overnight and removes it in the morning. Repeat this nightly until the wart shrinks in size and finally disappears.

After treatment – no more warts

How long it takes the wart to disappear depends on its size, and how consistent you are in repeating the treatment nightly.

In the pictures above, it took about 2 weeks for the two warts to disappear.

How to use Covid rapid test kit (rtk)

How to use Covid rapid test kit (rtk)

Unlike a PCR test that requires a doctor or lab technician to perform and a lab to process, a Covid rapid test kit (rtk) is easy to use, and can be performed by anyone who can read and follow the instructions in the test kit. PCR test result can take up to 24 hours but an rtk result can be obtained within 15 minutes.

So the rationale for using an rtk is that it is easy to perform and we can get the result quickly. However, rtk pick-up rate is only about 80% at best, so there is still the possibility of a false negative test.

To better improve the pick-up rate, we should repeat the rtk test within 24 to 48 hours after it is tested negative the first time.

Here is an article that explains in greater details.

Who should take Paxlovid?

Who should take Paxlovid?

Paxlovid is a drug that is approved under emergency use for the treatment of Covid-19 infection. However, this drug is not for everyone who has the Covid-19 infection because it has quite a number of side effects. At the same time, this drug has not fully completed the necessary clinical trials and is not approved by the US FDA.

So, if not for everyone, then who should take Paxlovid?

Click here for the details.

Criteria for second Covid-19 booster shot

Criteria for second Covid-19 booster shot

  1. Those aged 60 and above can receive a second Covid-19 vaccine booster dose voluntarily four to six months after their first booster.
  2. For people aged 18 to 59, they can get their second booster shot if they have chronic diseases and after consulting a medical practitioner. This includes those who are at clinical risk of severe disease such as chronic heart, lung, kidney, liver disease, etc.
  3. Those aged between 12 and 17 could also be offered a first booster dose after receiving the primary dose injection following discussion with a registered medical practitioner, or if they were at clinical risk of severe disease.
  4. Healthcare workers, regardless of age or health status, and those who require additional doses for travel purposes, are also eligible.
Criteria for the initiation of Paxlovid treatment

Criteria for the initiation of Paxlovid treatment

Paxlovid antiviral therapy is effective for high-risk COVID-19 patients who have mild to moderate symptoms to prevent the disease from worsening.

However, the antiviral treatment has to be initiated within five (5) days from the onset of symptoms.

Therefore, if you are in a high-risk group, get a medical assessment early to determine your eligibility to take Paxlovid.