GP Advises Daily Mail on TikTok Health Hacks

10 May 2021 | Category: Medical

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Mail Online’s exploration of TikTok hacks to stop nausea, vomiting or a runny nose included advice from Dr Ross Perry, founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics. 

The article sought advice from Ross and other medical experts in its feature:

“NHS doctor approves a series of TikTok hacks to help prevent sickness – and claims inhaling rubbing alcohol can relieve nausea while humming suppresses the gag reflex”

The article appeared after TikTok user @onlyjayus posted top tips on how to prevent nausea and vomiting.

Rubbing alcohol to stop nausea

The first tip was to try smelling rubbing alcohol to relieve nauseous or sickly feelings.

The Daily Mail asked Dr Ross Perry, GP and Founder/Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, to give his advice. He explained:

“There have been small studies conducted to suggest that inhaling isopropyl alcohol vapour can help relieve nausea much in the same way as smelling peppermint, spearmint or ginger.

“It is unclear why alcohol or any other oils can alleviate symptoms of nausea. This could be related to breathing as opposed to a true pharmacologic effect, which realistically could merely be the placebo effect.

“There are lots of home remedies which may alleviate the feeling of nausea and make you feel more comfortable rather than cure the condition. Opening a window, placing a cold compress to the forehead, keeping hydrated will also likely work just as well.”

Humming to prevent vomitin

The next unusual tip was to start humming if you felt you were going to be sick. Dr Perry responded:

“Quite often when the gag reflex kicks in it can cause all sorts of feelings of stress and anxiety. By controlling and regulating your breathing it helps you to relax. It’s actually very difficult to gag and hum at the same time.

“Again there are lots of at home remedies to strengthen your gag reflex such as brushing your tongue with your toothbrush where the gag reflex is and frequently doing it for ten seconds over as may days which will help to reduce gagging.

“Likewise practicing mediation or listening to music and focussing your mind on something else will also help as will placing a little salt on the tongue which activates the taste buds on the front on the tongue and suppresses the gag reflex.

“Again, what method works for one might not work for another but ultimately it’s about focussing on something else rather than the gagging motion.”

Stop a runny nose

The final piece of TikTok advice was to hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth while pressing your thumb to your forehead for around 20 seconds.

Dr Ross Perry explained:

“Acupressure is a method which can work to clear your sinuses. By pushing your tongue to the top of the mouth and placing a finger between the eyebrows and applying pressure. Hold for around 20 seconds and release.

“When you let go you might start to feel a little movement in the back of the throat as sinuses clear.

“This method of course doesn’t work for everyone and you can also try tipping the head back, pinching the nose and holding your breath. When exhaling and tilting the head back forward it can often help clear the sinuses.

“However, if it continues it’s worth visiting your local pharmacy or GP.”

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Dr Ross Perry

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Dr Ross Perry is Founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics.

He qualified at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1994. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.

He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is best known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags) and natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic injections. Ross provides regular comment to the UK media on a broad variety of health and skin-related matters.


Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers and laser treatments; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email to book an appointment.

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