The Doctors: Sneeze Into Your Elbow
The Doctors know even celebrities can get sick and they have health questions they need answers to as well. So they hit the red carpet and found Jodie Foster who had a health question she needed answering. She wanted to know if sneezing into your elbow really does anything.
Dr. Jim Sears explained the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend sneezing into the elbow, but it must be done properly for it to be effective. Sneezing above or below the elbow is going to defeat the purpose. Also, getting your mouth to your elbow before the sneeze happens is critical as well.
I understand this is pretty simple and everyone probably understands it doesn’t work if you don’t actually sneeze into your elbow, but what if Jodie Foster is reading this and she needs to know the step-by-step process for sneezing? I don’t know if you heard Kathy Griffin the other day, but she couldn’t even figure out how to order a pizza because she has been famous for so long. Maybe celebrities forget how to sneeze as well.
The Drs: Garry Shandling Has Bad Knees
Garry Shandling was the next celebrity The Doctors talked to. Shandling said he is very active and plays a lot of different sports from boxing to basketball, but admits his knees are holding on by a thread. He wanted to know if there was something he could do before he up and quit playing sports all together.
Dr. Andrew Ordon, who said he just passed 50, is another weekend warrior. He explained the wear and tear of the knee joint is inevitable. As people get older, their knees will wear down no matter how active or inactive they were in their younger years. He said the cartilage in the knee may break down and then it is just bone on bone, which is where the pain comes from.
The Doctors suggested Shandling try other activities that are not performed on a hard service, such as bike riding or swimming. They also suggested he use some sort of padding to help reduce the pain.
And the RICE method works great as well:
- Rest it to give it time to heal.
- Ice it to reduce swelling.
- Compress it with a knee brace or wrap to reduce swelling.
- Elevate it when swelling occurs.
- Rehab, rehab, rehab when the knee is feeling better.
I guess that is RICER but close enough.