The Home Doctor is an instructional guide that teaches readers how DIY medical procedures can be performed and 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. These are the most important things to know before you begin reading.
Leeches are used to treat illnesses
Leeches were used to treat nervous system abnormalities in ancient Egypt. Today, leeches are used to treat dental issues, skin diseases, and infections. Although it is less common than in the past leeches are still used in plastic surgery. The insects secrete proteins, anticoagulants, and peptides that can be used to treat a variety 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 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 throughout medieval Europe. It was used for a variety of ailments, including eye conditions 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 is one of the most common forms of psoriasis.
Antibiotics can prevent the progression of a cold into pneumonia
People with a healthy immune system can avoid antibiotics for a cold, if they are able to fight off the infection with their own immune system. Antibiotics will not treat the cold itself, but they can prevent the progression of it 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 and the duration of the cough are longer than those of a cold. 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 suffering from pneumonia-like symptoms should consult a doctor immediately. The illness can cause permanent damage to their 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, antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be spread from hospital environments to other people. Patients who are dependent on breathing machines are also at higher risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. Another source of pneumonia are long-term care facilities.
If you have hidden inflammation, your body will tell you.
Hidden inflammation can affect your health and cause impairments in your function. This is often difficult to recognize. Hidden inflammation symptoms can vary from person-to-person, but they are indicative of a potentially serious 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. That’s why it’s crucial to recognize the signs of concealed inflammation and check your hs-CRP levels regularly. You might feel the need for a doctor to check for hidden inflammation.
Listrine is a natural treatment for sore throats
Herbal remedies are available over the counter and may be effective in treating a sore throat, though some of them may interact with prescription drugs or be dangerous if you have a medical history. You might also try marshmallow root, slippery-elm, or licorice root. You can gargle with salt water to loosen mucus and sooth a sore throat.
Sliding elm is another natural remedy that can ease sore throats. 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. You can also use diluted peppermint essential oil to make a throat spray or mouthwash.
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 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. 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 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. You can also take raw honey every two hours if none of these remedies work.
Wild edibles are available around your house
Wild edibles are available right at your doorstep. Elderberry is one example of an edible plant that can be grown in gardens and lawns. It has a distinctive tusk, which is deeply notched and contains a bitter alkaloid. The leaves, bark, and roots of elderberry are also edible. The young leaves of the elderberry can be eaten raw or fried like zucchini flowers. Bullrush, also known wild as the 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 much like corn on the cob.
Another example of a wild edible is garlic mustard, which is native to the US and the UK. Young garlic shoots and leaves taste like parsley. To prevent seeds forming, remove the flowering stems from garlic mustard plants. Young garlic is also edible, but be careful about what you pick – similar plants can have harmful effects. If you are unsure of the safety of a plant, it’s always best to consult a physician before using it.
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 can also be used to make a delicious coffee substitute. Its leaves, stems and roots can also be enjoyed as a tasty treat. Chickweed can also be used in traditional medicine to treat digestive problems.
Expired medication can be dangerous
If you have a condition that requires the medication to be continued, using expired medication is not a wise decision. Although it may be harmless for minor symptoms, expired medication can have serious side effects. Before you take any medicine, make sure to check the expiration dates. 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 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. This bacteria can cause bacterial growth which can lead to more infection and antibiotic resistance. Even if you get rid of your illness by using expired medications, they can still pose serious risks.
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 inside your bathroom medicine cabinet as they can be hot and humid. Avoid storing them in your car, as the temperature can rise even in moderate conditions.