When it comes to your health sometimes it can be all too easy to take the shortcuts to get something done, whether it is because you want to save money, time or just make things a little less of a hassle. However, health shortcuts can end up costing you in both the short and long term. Take a look at these 5 health shortcuts you shouldn’t ever take.
1. “Borrowing” Antibiotics – Have you ever had a cold or flu that required antibiotics, but money was a little tight? Well the next time you do think twice about “borrowing” antibiotics from a friend, family member or co-worker to nip the problem in the bud. It may seem like an inconsequential thing, but antibiotics aren’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing; there are countless types of antibiotics that only work for certain types of health issues and taking the wrong one could cause issues in your body that may require medical help to fix. Additionally, many antibiotics require you to take them for a certain amount of time and if you only get a few from a friend any benefit you might of received from them would be nearly nil due to not taking the whole dose.
2. Equating Mouthwash with Flossing – Dental health is something that every man should pay attention to because not only do white, healthy teeth benefit you personally and professionally, but they also can affect your health is they aren’t properly cleaned every day. Many people equate mouthwash with flossing, choosing to go with the quick and easing mouthwash instead of taking the time to floss. While mouthwash helps to eliminate germs and bacteria, it isn’t able to get larger food particles from between the teeth that can erode the health of the teeth and gums as they decay.
3. Popping Sleep Pills to Fall Asleep – While taking medications such as sleeping pills can be acceptable on an occasional basis, regularly taking sleeping pills to help you fall asleep is a bad move. Sleeping pills can quickly become addictive and require larger and larger doses overtime as your body adapts to the medication which increases the chances of an overdose. Sleeping pills can also interfere with you normal sleeping routine that overtime can cause your body to need the pills to properly sleep, making it even harder for you to fall asleep naturally.
4. Buying Glasses and Contact Lenses Online – Prescription glasses and contact lenses aren’t cheap so many people turn to online optometrists to pay less for them. The problem is that there is a high likelihood for error on both your part and on the business’ part when the order is made and the glasses/contacts are created. One little slip in information on the prescription can cause both major and minor changes to the prescription that can not only change how well you see, but can affect the health of your eye if they require your eyes to work harder to see.
5. Using a Drive-Through Pharmacist – Did you know that there are over 50 million medication dispensing errors made every year and drive-throughs are one of the top reasons for the errors? Oftentimes a drive-through pharmacist is trying to quickly get through the order to keep the line moving, making it more likely that mistakes will be made as they rush dispensing the medication out. This can cause a variety of problems such as getting too few or too many pills, getting the wrong pills (which can be potentially life-threatening) and so forth. It may seem like a good idea when considering saving a little extra time in your busy day, but taking the time to go into the pharmacy can help to reduce the risk for errors in medication dispensing.