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 and use of a stethoscope, to how to use a listrine. Here are the most important points to remember before you start reading.
Leeches are used to treat illnesses
Leeches were used in ancient Egypt to treat nervous system disorders. Today, leeches are used to treat dental issues, skin diseases, and infections. Though it has less widespread use than in the past, leeches are still widely used 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. 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. It was used to treat a variety of illnesses, including eye and laryngitis.
The antibacterial properties of leech saliva can make the therapy effective in relieving painful conditions like shingles. Leech saliva can be used to treat autoimmune disorders and gastrointestinal tract infections. 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
If they have a healthy immune system, they can avoid antibiotics for a common cold. While antibiotics won’t cure the cold, they can stop the progression to pneumonia. Although antibiotics are effective against some bacteria, they are not effective against Mycoplasma pneumoniae. A number of recent antibiotics that target Mycoplasma have been developed and can be used to treat a common cold.
The symptoms of pneumonia, as well as the duration of the illness, are more severe than those of a common cold or flu. You can still treat yourself at-home with more rest, fluid intake and over-the counter medicines. Anyone with severe symptoms should consult a healthcare provider immediately. Children suffering from pneumonia-like symptoms need to see a doctor immediately. This illness can cause permanent damage and even death 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. Besides, bacteria from hospital environments can spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria to other people. In addition, those on breathing machines are at an increased risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia. Long-term care facilities are another source of pneumonia.
If you have hidden inflammation, your body will tell you.
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 is a natural process that protects the body from infection and foreign substances. It produces white blood cells to fight off infection. However, in some people, this natural process can cause serious health problems and reduce their quality of life. 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. Herbs you might try include marshmallow root, slippery elm, and licorice root. 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. Make a two-tablespoon batch of slippery elm bark tea. Add it to a cup with hot water. Let it steep for five mins. Honey has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and immune-boosting properties, making it an effective sore throat remedy. You can also use diluted peppermint essential oil to make a throat spray or mouthwash.
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acids reach the throat. Acid from the stomach can make the sore throat more severe by prolonging symptoms and making coughing more painful. Avoid eating acid-rich foods like soda, fried foods, citrus fruits, and other foods right before bed. Acid reflux can cause sore throat. An antacid can be used to relieve the symptoms. An over-the counter antacid may also be helpful.
Gargling with licorice root and warm water is another effective home remedy for a sore throat. Licorice root is a natural antibacterial and immune booster. If you are pregnant or nursing, avoid licorice root. Another effective home remedy is honey, which is soothing to the throat and increases antioxidant levels. You can add lemon or apple cider vinegar to your honey for even greater benefits. 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 example, is an edible plant that grows in lawns and gardens. It has a distinctive tusk, which is deeply notched and contains a bitter alkaloid. Elderberry leaves, bark, roots, and leaves are all edible. The elderberry’s young leaves can be eaten raw or fried, just like zucchini flowers. Another wild edible is the cattail, also known as bullrush. It produces green male heads in spring. The husk can be removed to harvest the heads. Cattail heads are prepared much like corn on the 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 harvest garlic mustard, remove the flowering stems and young leaves to prevent seeds from forming. 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 can also be used medicinally. Chickweed is delicious as a salad green, but it can also be made into an alcohol tincture. It can help to remove cysts, tone your thyroid, and aid weight loss. Chickweed is also a delicious treat, and its leaves, stems, and roots can be ground into coffee substitute. Chickweed can also be used in traditional medicine to treat digestive problems.
Taking expired medication is dangerous
If you have a medical condition that requires a continuous dose of the drug, it is not a good idea to use expired medication. While it may not be dangerous for minor side effects, expired medication could have serious side consequences. For this reason, it’s crucial to check the expiration date on the medicine before taking it. If you’re not sure when it expired, here are some reasons to throw it out. Expired medications will not work and may make you sicker.
Expired medicines have a lower potency than the fresh ones. If you take an antibiotic after its expiration date, it may not treat your infection, and could actually make it worse. This is because the medication was 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 study by the U.S. Department of Defense found that drug potency can still be a factor even after the expiration date. Moreover, when storing expired medications, keep in mind that they should be stored in a cool and dry place. Avoid storing them in your bathroom medicine cabinet, as these are humid and hot places. Keep them out of your car as they can heat up even in moderate temperatures.