The Home Doctor is a guide that shows readers how to use basic medical supplies and DIY medical procedures. 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 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 to treat nervous system abnormalities in ancient Egypt. 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, 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 in ancient times to treat a variety ailments such as rheumatic pains and gout. Many physicians in the ancient world believed that leeches could cure anything. 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. 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. Several species of leeches are considered medicinal and are used to treat illnesses such as gastrointestinal tract infections and autoimmune diseases. It can also be used to treat a variety skin conditions, including psoriasis. This is a condition in which the skin cells are constantly replacing themselves. Chronic plaque psoriasis, one of the most common types of psoriasis, is also known as chronic plaque psoriasis.
Antibiotics can prevent the progression of a cold into pneumonia
A healthy immune system can help people with a cold avoid antibiotics. Antibiotics will not treat the cold itself, but they can prevent the progression of it 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 still treat yourself at-home with more rest, fluid intake and over-the counter medicines. Those with severe symptoms should see a healthcare provider immediately. 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. Antibiotics can become resistant to bacteria that causes influenza and colds. 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 is long-term care facilities.
Your body signals will indicate if you have hidden inflammation
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. People often stop listening to their bodies until symptoms become chronic or become common. Here’s a list of common symptoms of concealed inflammation, along with 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 that fight infection. This natural process can lead to serious health problems in some people and decrease their quality of living. That’s why it’s crucial to recognize the signs of concealed inflammation and check your hs-CRP levels regularly. You may even feel the need to see a doctor to get checked for hidden inflammation.
Listrine is a natural remedy 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. Some herbs to consider are marshmallow root and slippery elm. 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 is an effective remedy for sore throats. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and immune-boosting qualities. You can also use diluted peppermint essential oil to make a throat spray or mouthwash.
Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid reaches the throat. Acid in the stomach can cause a sore throat by making it worse and making it more painful. Avoid acidic foods such as soda, fried foods and citrus fruits before bedtime. If your sore throat is due to acid reflux, an antacid can help 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 contains natural antibacterial properties and boosts the immune system. If you are pregnant or nursing, avoid licorice root. 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. 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 can be harvested right in your backyard. 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. The young leaves of the elderberry can be eaten raw or fried like zucchini flowers. Bullrush, also known as cattail, is another wild edible. 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 like 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 is always best to consult a doctor before you use any plant.
Chickweed is another medicinal plant. Chickweed is great as a salad or can be used to make an alcohol tincture. It can help with removing cysts, toning the thyroid, and aiding weight loss. Chickweed is also a delicious treat, and its leaves, stems, and roots can be ground into coffee substitute. Chickweed is also used in traditional medicine for digestive disorders.
It is dangerous to take expired medication
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. It is important to verify the expiration date of any medication before you take it. Here are some reasons to throw it away if you don’t know 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. You should not take antibiotics after their expiration date. This could make your infection worse. 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 are able to eliminate your illness using expired medications they can still pose serious dangers.
While expired medication isn’t immediately dangerous, its potency has declined 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. Also, it is important to keep expired medications dry and cool. Avoid storing them in your bathroom medicine cabinet, as these are humid and hot places. Avoid storing them in your car, as the temperature can rise even in moderate conditions.