The Home Doctor is a guide that shows readers how to use basic medical supplies and DIY medical procedures. 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 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. Though it has less widespread use than in the past, leeches are still widely used in plastic surgery. The insects secrete proteins, anticoagulants, and peptides that can be used to treat a variety illnesses. While the FDA approved leeches for use in medicine in 2004, the practice of using them is slowly gaining popularity.
In ancient times, leeches were used to treat a variety of ailments, including rheumatic pains, gout, and hemorrhoids. In ancient times, many doctors believed that leeches could cure any condition. 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 throughout medieval Europe. It was used for a variety of ailments, including eye conditions 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 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. While antibiotics won’t cure the cold, they can stop the progression to pneumonia. Antibiotics can be effective against some types of bacteria, but they are ineffective against Mycoplasma pneumoniae. There are several antibiotics that target Mycoplasma that can be used to treat a mild case of the 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 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 suffering from pneumonia-like symptoms should consult a doctor immediately. The illness can cause permanent damage to their lungs.
A variety of bacteria can cause pneumonia, among other things. Resistance to antibiotics can develop in bacteria that causes colds and flu. Bacteria in hospitals can become more resistant to antibiotics over time, which makes them less effective. Besides, bacteria from hospital environments can spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria 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.
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’s a list with common symptoms 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 remedy for sore throats
Over-the-counter herbal remedies may be effective in treating a sore or sore throat. However, some herbs can interact with prescription medications and could be dangerous if you have a history of health problems. Some herbs to consider are marshmallow root and slippery elm. Gargle with salt water to loosen the mucus and soothe a sore throat.
Slippery elm tea is another natural remedy for a sore throat. 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. To make a throat spray, or mouthwash, you can also make use of diluted peppermint essential Oil.
Acid reflux is 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 can also help.
Gargling with licorice root and warm water is another effective home remedy for a sore throat. Licorice root has natural antibacterial properties that boost the immune system. Avoid licorice root if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Honey, which is soothing for the throat and increases antioxidant level, is another effective home remedy. You can add lemon or apple cider vinegar to your honey for even greater benefits. You can also take raw honey every two hours if none of these remedies work.
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 distinct tusk with a deep notched appearance and a bitter alkaloid. The leaves, bark, and roots of elderberry are also edible. Elderberry leaves can be eaten raw, or fried as 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, leaves and flowers taste just 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’s best to consult your physician before you attempt to use a plant.
Chickweed is another plant that can be used for medicinal purposes. Chickweed is great as a salad or can be used to make 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
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 to throw it away if you don’t know when it expired. Expired medications will not work and may make you sicker.
Expired medicines have a lower potency than the fresh ones. You should not take antibiotics after their expiration date. This could make your infection worse. This is because the medication has been contaminated with 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. Moreover, when storing expired medications, keep in mind that they should be stored in a cool and dry place. Avoid storing them within your bathroom medicine cabinets, as they are hot and humid. Avoid storing them in your car, as the temperature can rise even in moderate conditions.