The Home Doctor is a guide that teaches readers how to use DIY medical procedures and the most basic medical supplies. These tips can help you treat common illnesses and take care of yourself during times of emergency when you cannot see a doctor. 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 can be used to treat illness
In ancient Egypt, leeches were often employed to help people suffering from nervous system abnormalities. Today, leeches are used for treating skin diseases, dental problems, 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. The FDA approved leeches as medicine in 2004. However, the practice of using them slowly is gaining popularity.
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. They would bleed patients to help them restore their bodily humours, which were believed to contribute 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 therapy can be used to relieve painful conditions such as shingles due to the antibacterial properties of the leech saliva. Many species of leech saliva are considered medicinal and can be used to treat autoimmune diseases 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. One of the most common forms is chronic plaque psoriasis.
Antibiotics prevent progression of a cold to pneumonia
A healthy immune system can help people with a cold avoid antibiotics. 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 and the duration of the cough are longer than those of a cold. You can treat yourself at home by getting more rest, fluid intake, and taking over-the-counter medications. Those with severe symptoms should see 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. Antibiotics can become resistant to bacteria that causes influenza and colds. Bacteria in hospitals can become more resistant to antibiotics over time, which makes them less effective. 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 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 to their bodies when symptoms become chronic or common. Here’s a list of common symptoms of concealed inflammation, along with how to spot them. Once you know if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you can take steps to alleviate your discomfort and improve your health.
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.
Sliding elm is another natural remedy that can ease sore throats. 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 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. 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. Avoid licorice root if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Another effective home remedy is honey, which is soothing to the throat and increases antioxidant levels. For even more benefits, you can add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. You can also take raw honey every two hours if none of these remedies work.
Wild edibles are available around your house
Wild edibles can be harvested right in your backyard. 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. Elderberry leaves, bark, roots, and leaves are all 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 can be prepared in the same way as 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 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. It is always best to consult a doctor before you use any plant.
Chickweed is another plant that can be used for medicinal purposes. Chickweed can be used as a salad green or 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. Traditional medicine uses chickweed to treat digestive disorders.
Taking expired medication is 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. Not only will expired medications not work, but they may also make you sicker.
Expired medicines have a much lower potency than fresh ones. It is possible for an antibiotic to not work if it expires. This is because the medication was exposed to bacteria. These bacteria may cause bacterial growth, which can lead to further 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 in your bathroom medicine cabinet, as these are humid and hot places. Also, avoid keeping them in your car because the temperature can rise even in moderate temperatures.