The Home Doctor is an instructional guide that teaches readers how DIY medical procedures can be performed and 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. This book covers everything, including the importance of a Stethoscope and 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. Even though it is less popular than in the past, leeches still have a large use in plastic surgery. The insects secrete anticoagulants and proteins that help with a variety of diseases. 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 physicians in the ancient world believed that leeches could cure anything. 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, where it was used to treat a wide range of illnesses, including laryngitis and eye ailments.
The antibacterial properties of leech saliva can make the therapy effective in relieving painful conditions like shingles. Many species of leech saliva are considered medicinal and can be used to treat autoimmune diseases and gastrointestinal tract infections. 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 is one of the most common forms of 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. 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 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 should consult a doctor immediately. The illness can cause permanent damage to their lungs.
A variety of bacteria can cause pneumonia, among other things. 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 are long-term care facilities.
If you have hidden inflammation, your body will tell you.
Hidden inflammation can interfere with your health and function and is often hard to recognize. While symptoms of hidden inflammation may vary from person to person, they’re indicative of a potentially serious health condition. People often stop listening to their bodies until symptoms become chronic or become 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 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 feel the need to visit a doctor to be 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. To loosen mucus, you can gargle with saltwater to soothe a sore head.
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. To make a mouthwash or spray for your throat, you can also use diluted peppermint essential oils.
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 contains natural antibacterial properties and boosts the immune system. If you are pregnant or nursing, avoid licorice root. 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. For quick relief, you can try raw honey every 2 hours if none or all 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 that is deeply notched and contains 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. In spring, it produces green male heads that are harvested by cutting off 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 prevent seeds forming, remove the flowering stems from garlic mustard plants. Young garlic can be eaten but be careful as similar plants can have dangerous 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 great as a salad or can be used to make an alcohol tincture. It can be used to remove cysts, tone the thyroid, and aid in 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. Here are some reasons you should throw it out if you aren’t sure when it expired. 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.
Expired medication is not immediately dangerous, but its potency has reduced significantly 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. Keep them out of your car as they can heat up even in moderate temperatures.