UV light to cure sore throat?

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Has anyone done this before?

http://www.uvaid.com/UV-Aid_p_8.html

I think I’m coming down with a sore throat and found this site about using UV light to kill the bacteria in your nose, ears and throat, Curiosity got the best of me and being the flashaholic that I am, I have several UV lights in different wavelenghts, will try it out for 1 minute 3 times per day and report back if it works.

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Seriously? I would be very

Seriously? I would be very interested to know if this works. I have pretty good health, but sore throats and colds are my Achilles heel.

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its an interesting idea, but

its an interesting idea, but one could conceivably cause other problems by trying it

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Uh, I think the UV light that

Uh, I think the UV light that kills bacteria is not so good for your cells either. Be careful!

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Look up how UV kills

Look up how UV kills bacteria…

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UV light in places as

UV light in places as sensitive as the throat and inner nose sounds like a bad idea. There is no dead layer of skin to protect the living tissue from exposure. Proceed with caution.

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M8 I will add my voice to the

M8 I will add my voice to the caution of the others, skip this idea and gargle with TCP instead.

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While it's not likely short

While it's not likely short term exposure to UV light will cause any problems, and it could kill some bacteria, it's not a good idea.

That little light is an absolute joke, get these if you want a mini UV keychain: https://www.fasttech.com/products/1040703 - they actually do a decent job, I keep one on my keychain.  Batteries don't last, but for the price, you can't lose.

Gargle with some semi diluted listerine (1 third listerine, 2 thirds water or half and half, depending on your taste/tolerance) instead.

A neti pot also helps incredibly in dealing with throat/sinus problems.

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The bacteria in your throat

The bacteria in your throat are likely more resistent to uv than the throat. But then, there's more of you than there's bacteria, so with the bacteria killed, the dead throat will grow back eventually.

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uvaid.comThis site is a

uvaid.com
This site is a joke.
The useless items they sell are only 50 times overpriced.

All these keychains are UV-A, only good to play with money if anything.

There is UV sterilizing equipment used in industry though.

Go in the sun and open your mouth you will get many times more UV in your mouth that way than this keychain could ever deliver even if it was the right wavelength.

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Thanks for he input! I don’t

Thanks for he input! I don’t plan to buy that overprized keychain light, got better UV lights in my arsenal, just that the concept seems interesting, caution is definetly a must.

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Salt water is also helpful
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clf chiken little forums

Go play with your lithium pipe bombs and let the guy shine light down his throat in the name of science for goodness sakes!

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I think if it was that easy

I think if it was that easy to cure a sore throat, then doctors would be doing this all over the world. I would be very skeptical of this and air on the side of caution. I use salt mixed with water and gargle.

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I gargle with peroxide if I

I gargle with peroxide if I feel that tingle of a sore throat starting. Works every time, as long as I do it soon enough.

tastes really terrible. like, dry heave terrible.

I just spent the weekend w/ a friend and his family. they were all hacking terribly and were just about over a bad lung sickness. After the first night (drinking and smoking) I woke up with the start of a sore throat. I gargled with peroxide and drank a half gallon of orange juice. Right as rain.

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Don't do this...

There are several types of UV light. UVA, UVB, UVC.

LEDs can only generate 365nm-400nm wavelength light which makes stuff glow and look cool. But isn’t harmful. It falls into the UVA category.

Flourescent tube lights are 185 and 240ish nm wavelength which are both UVC category. These are the ones used as germicidal.

As wiki states:
UVC rays are the highest energy, most dangerous type of ultraviolet light.

On 13 April 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization classified all categories and wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation as a Group 1 carcinogen. This is the highest level designation for carcinogens and means “There is enough evidence to conclude that it can cause cancer in humans”.

UVB light can cause direct DNA damage. As noted above UVB radiation excites DNA molecules in skin cells, causing aberrant covalent bonds to form between adjacent Pyrimidine bases, producing a dimer. When DNA polymerase comes along to replicate this strand of DNA, it reads a “CC” dimer as “AA” and not the original “CC”. This causes the DNA replication mechanism to add a “TT” on the growing strand. This mutation can result in cancerous growths, and is known as a “classical C-T mutation”. The mutations caused by the direct DNA damage carry a UV signature mutation that is commonly seen in skin cancers. The mutagenicity of UV radiation can be easily observed in bacterial cultures. This cancer connection is one reason for concern about ozone depletion and the ozone hole.

edit: i just read that uvaid website. WHAT A RIPOFF!! The UVA emitted by that dinky 20 milliwatt LED (which is only 10% efficient or less for UV) won’t do anything whatsoever.
Its not even the right wavelength for killing germs. Geez.

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^ This

^ This
Which is also the mechanism in which UV renders bacteria harmless, DNA damage leaving various cellular functions broken ultimately prohibiting growth, reproduction.

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joe1512 wrote:On 13 April

joe1512 wrote:
On 13 April 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization classified all categories and wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation as a Group 1 carcinogen. This is the highest level designation for carcinogens and means “There is enough evidence to conclude that it can cause cancer in humans”.

O.O

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Chloe wrote:joe1512 wrote:On

Chloe wrote:
joe1512 wrote:
On 13 April 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization classified all categories and wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation as a Group 1 carcinogen. This is the highest level designation for carcinogens and means “There is enough evidence to conclude that it can cause cancer in humans”.

O.O

Years ago, when I was a student I worked in a record shop, all the cash was checked with uv light to detect forgeries….OMG Im going to die of cancer!!!!

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I don’t wear sunblock! Maybe

I don’t wear sunblock! Maybe I should? I’ve never needed to (my foundation and moisturisers have SPF though).

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Chloe wrote:I don’t wear

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I don’t wear sunblock! Maybe I should? I’ve never needed to (my foundation and moisturisers have SPF though).

Isn’t the SPF in foundation & stuff usually pretty low tho?
If your out in the sun much or just want to prevent skin damage go for it.
Hows the UV levels in the uk?

Oh hey, chance for another toy! UV monitor! I guess one could just check the weather tho. Tired

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Over fifty years of Florida sun .

My dermatologist has the biggest smile every time I walk into his office . ( I'm probably paying for his new boat )

I have to go every six months to get something biopsied , frozen , or cut out .

Wear sunscreen .

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jacktheclipper wrote:Over

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Over fifty years of Florida sun .

My dermatologist has the biggest smile every time I walk into his office . ( I’m probably paying for his new boat )

I have to go every six months to get something biopsied , frozen , or cut out .

Wear sunscreen .

Now that is some good advice.

Even up here in NY where we get snow or freezing rain 6-7 months a year, I always put on sunscreen in the “summer”.

But, I am not too sure about using UV light to cure sore throats. With all of the constant worldwide medical research, it would be by now a common office visit procedure to kill all surface bacteria with a UV light.

I have never heard of this.

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Whenever I get that little

Whenever I get that little tickle I take a couple of shots of peppermint schnapps.
That or some 160ish proof that’s been soaking in some cinnamon sticks and apples for a while.

Normally kicks it out. Heck wife even started doing it.
Not always the best way to go since its alcohol. I just do it
when I don’t have to drive.

I have also done the Peroxide before.
Be sure not to swallow! Not all of it. I normally do just a tad to get the throat coated a smidge.
But I hiccupped and down it all went lol
Barfing up foam is not fun!!!!!! Puzzled

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ultraviolet c

ultraviolet c

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shhh wrote:Whenever I get

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Whenever I get that little tickle I take a couple of shots of peppermint schnapps. That or some 160ish proof that's been soaking in some cinnamon sticks and apples for a while. Normally kicks it out. Heck wife even started doing it. Not always the best way to go since its alcohol. I just do it when I don't have to drive. I have also done the Peroxide before. Be sure not to swallow! Not all of it. I normally do just a tad to get the throat coated a smidge. But I hiccupped and down it all went lol Barfing up foam is not fun!!!!!! :~

There is a very similar old russian remedy, for when you're just coming down with a cold/flu.

A cup of hot vodka, mixed with cayenne pepper.  Horrible to drink, but it does work.

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Helios- wrote:Isn’t the SPF

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Isn’t the SPF in foundation & stuff usually pretty low tho?
If your out in the sun much or just want to prevent skin damage go for it.
Hows the UV levels in the uk?

Oh hey, chance for another toy! UV monitor! I guess one could just check the weather tho. :tired:

Yes, 15 SPF is quite low. Puzzled No idea about UV levels, probably high even though it’s usually grey here, and raining. >.<

I have 30 SPF sunblock when it is really sunny but it makes my skin crawl. Yuck.

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Hopback wrote:Chloe

Hopback wrote:
Chloe wrote:
joe1512 wrote:
On 13 April 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization classified all categories and wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation as a Group 1 carcinogen. This is the highest level designation for carcinogens and means “There is enough evidence to conclude that it can cause cancer in humans”.

O.O

Years ago, when I was a student I worked in a record shop, all the cash was checked with uv light to detect forgeries….OMG Im going to die of cancer!!!!

LOL! I think you are gonna make it. A LOT of things “can” cause cancer in humans in big enough quantities. The money checking UV is all UVA at 360 to 400 nanometers (if LED most likely closer to 400nm). The milliwatts of power output is nothing compared to going outside which is 32 watts per square meter. 95% of suns UV is UVA type due to blockage of the lower wavelengths.

Just try not to stare into the germicidal UV flourescent or mercury vapor tubes. Smile

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the only things I would

the only things I would recommend for sore throats (we are talking sore throats here, aren’t we? No MRSA or any other evil things like it?) would be this:

…and this:

chewed raw, chewed thoroughly, three times a day. Ginger and onions act like antibiotics. Garlic does, too; at a price – especially in case you have a wife/husband, or girlfriend/boyfriend.

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