The Home Doctor is a guide that teaches readers how to use DIY medical procedures and the most basic medical supplies. These tips will help you manage common ailments and take care when you are unable to see a doctor. The book covers everything from the importance of a stethoscope to how to use a listrine. Here are some of the most important things you should know before you start reading.
Leeches are used for treating illnesses
Leeches were used in ancient Egypt to treat nervous system disorders. Today, leeches can be used to treat skin diseases and dental problems, as well as infections. Although it is less common than in the past leeches are still used in plastic surgery. The insects secrete proteins, peptides, and anticoagulants that help treat a variety of illnesses. Although the FDA approved the use of leeches in medicine in 2004, their popularity is slowly increasing.
Leeches were used to treat a wide range of ailments in ancient times, including gout, rheumatic pains, and hemorhoids. Many physicians in the ancient world believed that leeches could cure anything. They would bleed patients to restore their bodily humours which were believed to be beneficial to their overall health. This treatment was also common in medieval Europe, where it was used to treat a wide range of illnesses, including laryngitis and eye ailments.
The therapy can be used to relieve painful conditions such as shingles due to the antibacterial properties of the leech saliva. Several species of leeches are considered medicinal and are used to treat illnesses such as gastrointestinal tract infections and autoimmune diseases. It is also used to treat a number of skin conditions, including psoriasis. Psoriasis is a common skin condition where the skin cells cannot replace themselves quickly. Chronic plaque psoriasis, one of the most common types of psoriasis, is also known as chronic plaque psoriasis.
Antibiotics stop the progression from a cold to pneumonia
A healthy immune system can help people with a cold avoid antibiotics. Antibiotics will not treat the cold itself, but they can prevent the progression of it to pneumonia. While antibiotics can be effective against certain types of bacteria, they are not effective against Mycoplasma pneumae. Several recent antibiotics have been developed that target Mycoplasma and can be used to treat a cold.
The symptoms of pneumonia, as well as the duration of the illness, are more severe than those of a common cold or flu. However, you can try treating yourself at home with more rest, increased fluid intake, and over-the-counter medicines. Anyone with severe symptoms should consult a healthcare provider immediately. Children with pneumonia-like symptoms should see a doctor for treatment, as the illness can cause permanent damage to the lungs.
Among other things, pneumonia can be caused by a variety of different bacteria. Antibiotics can become resistant to bacteria that causes influenza and colds. The antibiotic effectiveness of antibiotics can be reduced if bacteria is present in hospitals. In addition, antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be spread from hospital environments to other people. People who use breathing machines are more at risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. Another source of pneumonia is long-term care facilities.
If you have hidden inflammation, your body will tell you.
Hidden inflammation can interfere with your health and function and is often hard to recognize. While symptoms of hidden inflammation may vary from person to person, they’re indicative of a potentially serious health condition. Many people stop listening until their symptoms become chronic, or become more common. Here are some common signs of hidden inflammation and how to spot them. You can identify if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and take steps to relieve your discomfort and improve your overall health.
Inflammation is a natural process that protects the body from infection and foreign substances. It produces white blood cells that fight infection. This natural process can lead to serious health problems in some people and decrease their quality of living. That’s why it’s crucial to recognize the signs of concealed inflammation and check your hs-CRP levels regularly. You may feel the need to visit a doctor to be checked for hidden inflammation.
Listrine is a natural remedy for sore throats
There are many herbal remedies that can be purchased over-the-counter. Some of them may be effective in treating sore throats. However, some may interact with prescription drugs and be dangerous if your medical history is known. Some herbs to consider are marshmallow root and slippery elm. You can gargle with salt water to loosen mucus and sooth a sore throat.
Another natural remedy to ease a sore throat is slippery elm tea. Brew two tablespoons of slippery elm bark powder in a cup of hot water and allow it to steep for five minutes. Honey has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can be used to treat sore throats. You can also use diluted peppermint essential oil to make a throat spray or mouthwash.
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid reaches the throat. Acid from the stomach can make the sore throat more severe by prolonging symptoms and making coughing more painful. Avoid acidic foods such as soda, fried foods and citrus fruits before bedtime. Acid reflux can cause sore throat. An antacid can be used to relieve the symptoms. An over-the-counter antacid can also help.
Warm water and licorice root can be used to soothe a sore throat. Licorice root is a natural antibacterial and immune booster. Avoid licorice roots if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Honey, which is soothing for the throat and increases antioxidant level, is another effective home remedy. To get even more benefits from honey, you can add apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to it. For quick relief, you can try raw honey every 2 hours if none or all of these remedies work.
Wild edibles are available around your house
There are a variety of wild edibles you can harvest right around your home. Elderberry is one example of an edible plant that can be grown in gardens and lawns. It has a distinctive tusk that is deeply notched and contains bitter alkaloid. The leaves, bark, and roots of elderberry are also edible. The elderberry’s young leaves can be eaten raw or fried, just like zucchini flowers. Bullrush, also known as cattail, is another wild edible. It produces green male heads in spring. The husk can be removed to harvest the heads. Cattail heads are prepared just like corn on a cob.
Garlic mustard is another wild edible that is native to the UK and the US. Young garlic shoots and leaves taste like parsley. To prevent seeds from forming, remove flowering stems and young leaves before harvesting garlic mustard. Young garlic is also edible, but be careful about what you pick – similar plants can have harmful effects. It is always best to consult a doctor before you use any plant.
Chickweed can also be used medicinally. Chickweed can be used as a salad green or made into an alcohol-tincture. It can help with removing cysts, toning the thyroid, and aiding weight loss. Chickweed can also be used to make a delicious coffee substitute. Its leaves, stems and roots can also be enjoyed as a tasty treat. Chickweed is also used in traditional medicine for digestive disorders.
Taking expired medication is dangerous
Using expired medication is not a wise move unless you have a medical condition that requires an ongoing dose of the drug. Even though it may not cause any side effects, expired medication can lead to serious side effects. Before you take any medicine, make sure to check the expiration dates. Here are some reasons you should throw it out if you aren’t sure when it expired. Expired medications won’t work and could make you sicker.
Expired medicines have a lower potency than the fresh ones. It is possible for an antibiotic to not work if it expires. This is because the medication has been contaminated with bacteria. These bacteria may cause bacterial growth, which can lead to further infection and antibiotic resistance. Even if you are able to eliminate your illness using expired medications they can still pose serious dangers.
While expired medication isn’t immediately dangerous, its potency has declined over time. A U.S. Department of Defense study found that drug potency remains a factor even one year after expiration. Keep expired medications in a dry, cool place. Avoid storing them within your bathroom medicine cabinets, as they are hot and humid. Keep them out of your car as they can heat up even in moderate temperatures.