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 to treat common ailments and take care of yourself in times of need. The book covers everything, from the importance and use 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
In ancient Egypt, leeches were often employed to help people suffering from nervous system abnormalities. Today, leeches are used to treat dental issues, skin diseases, and infections. Even though it is less popular than in the past, leeches still have a large use in plastic surgery. The insects secrete proteins, peptides, and anticoagulants that help treat a variety of illnesses. While the FDA approved leeches for use in medicine in 2004, the practice of using them is slowly gaining popularity.
Leeches were used in ancient times to treat a variety ailments such as rheumatic pains and gout. Many ancient doctors believed that leeches were capable of healing any illness. To restore their bodily humors, they would bleed patients. This was believed to improve 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 antibacterial properties of leech saliva can make the therapy effective in relieving painful conditions like shingles. 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 variety of skin ailments, including psoriasis, a common skin disease in which skin cells replace themselves too quickly. Chronic plaque psoriasis is one of the most common forms of psoriasis.
Antibiotics stop the progression from a cold to pneumonia
A healthy immune system can help people with a cold avoid antibiotics. Although antibiotics cannot treat the actual cold, they can help prevent its progression to pneumonia. While antibiotics can be effective against certain types of bacteria, they are not effective against Mycoplasma pneumae. A number of recent antibiotics that target Mycoplasma have been developed and can be used to treat a common cold.
The duration of the cough and symptoms of pneumonia are more than those of a cold or flu. You can treat yourself at home by getting more rest, fluid intake, and taking over-the-counter medications. If you have severe symptoms, you should immediately see a healthcare provider. Children with pneumonia-like symptoms should see a doctor for treatment, as the illness can cause permanent damage to the lungs.
A variety of bacteria can also cause pneumonia. Bacteria that cause colds and influenza can grow resistant to antibiotics. The antibiotic effectiveness of antibiotics can be reduced if bacteria is present in hospitals. In addition, bacteria in hospitals can spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Patients who are dependent on breathing machines are also at higher risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. Another source of pneumonia is long-term care facilities.
Your body signals will indicate if you have hidden inflammation
Hidden inflammation can cause problems in your health and function. It is often difficult to identify. 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. If you recognize any of these symptoms, you will be able to take steps that will alleviate your discomfort.
Inflammation protects the body from foreign substances and infection. It produces white blood cell to fight infection. This natural process can lead to serious health problems in some people and decrease their quality of living. It is important to recognize signs of hidden inflammation and regularly check your hsCRP levels. You may even feel the need to see a doctor to get checked for hidden inflammation.
Listrine is a natural treatment 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. To loosen mucus, you can gargle with saltwater to soothe a sore head.
Another natural remedy to ease a sore throat is slippery elm tea. Two tablespoons of slippery Elm bark powder should be brewed in a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for five minutes. Honey has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and immune-boosting properties, making it an effective sore throat remedy. To make a throat spray, or mouthwash, you can also make use of diluted peppermint essential Oil.
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acids reach the throat. The acid in the stomach can make the sore throat worse by prolonging the symptoms and making coughing painful. Avoid eating acid-rich foods like soda, fried foods, citrus fruits, and other foods right before bed. If your sore throat is due to acid reflux, an antacid can help relieve the symptoms. You can also try an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
A home remedy for sore throats is to gargle with licorice root in warm water. Licorice root contains natural antibacterial properties and boosts the immune system. Avoid licorice roots if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Honey is another home remedy that is soothing and can increase antioxidant levels. For even more benefits, you can add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. If none of these remedies work for you, try taking raw honey every two hours for fast relief.
Wild edibles can be found around your home
Wild edibles are available right at your doorstep. Elderberry, for instance, can be grown in both gardens and lawns. It has a distinctive tusk, which is deeply notched and contains a bitter alkaloid. Elderberry leaves, bark, roots, and leaves are all edible. Elderberry leaves can be eaten raw, or fried as zucchini flowers. Another wild edible is the cattail, also known as bullrush. It produces green male heads in spring. These can be harvested by removing the husk. 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 similar to parsley. To prevent seeds forming, remove the flowering stems from garlic mustard plants. Young garlic can be eaten but be careful as similar plants can have dangerous effects. It’s best to consult your physician before you attempt to use a plant.
Chickweed is another medicinal plant. 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 be made into a coffee substitute by grinding its leaves, stems, roots, and stems. Traditional medicine uses chickweed to treat 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. Although it may be harmless for minor symptoms, expired medication can have serious side effects. For this reason, it’s crucial to check the expiration date on the medicine before taking it. Here are some reasons you should throw it out if you aren’t sure when it expired. Not only will expired medications not work, but they may also make you sicker.
Expired medicines are less potent than new ones. It is possible for an antibiotic to not work if it expires. This is because the medication has been exposed to bacteria. These bacteria can cause bacterial proliferation, which can lead further infection and resistance to antibiotics. Even if you manage to get rid of your infection by using expired medication, there are still serious risks.
Although expired medication is not necessarily dangerous, its potency has decreased over time. A U.S. Department of Defense study found that drug potency remains a factor even one year after expiration. Also, it is important to keep expired medications dry and cool. Avoid storing them inside your bathroom medicine cabinet as they can be hot and humid. Also, avoid keeping them in your car because the temperature can rise even in moderate temperatures.