The Home Doctor is a guide that shows readers how to use basic medical supplies and DIY medical procedures. These tips will help you manage common ailments and take care when you are unable to 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 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 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 in ancient times to treat a variety ailments such as rheumatic pains and gout. In ancient times, many doctors believed that leeches could cure any condition. 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.
Because of the antibacterial effects of leech saliva, the therapy can be effective in alleviating painful conditions such as shingles. Leech saliva can be used to treat autoimmune disorders 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, one of the most common types of psoriasis, is also known as chronic plaque psoriasis.
Antibiotics stop the progression from a cold to pneumonia
A healthy immune system can help people with a cold avoid antibiotics. Although antibiotics cannot treat the actual cold, they can help prevent its progression to pneumonia. Antibiotics can be effective against some types of bacteria, but they are ineffective 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, 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 also cause pneumonia. Bacteria that cause colds and influenza can grow resistant to antibiotics. 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. People who use breathing machines are more at risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. Another source of pneumonia is long-term care facilities.
If you have hidden inflammation, your body will tell you.
Hidden inflammation can cause problems in your health and function. It is often difficult to identify. 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’s a list with common symptoms and 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 cells to fight off 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 might feel the need for a doctor to check 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. Herbs you might try include marshmallow root, slippery elm, and licorice root. You can gargle with salt water to loosen mucus and sooth a sore throat.
Slippery elm tea is another natural remedy for a sore throat. 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 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. An antacid may be helpful if your sore throat is caused by acid reflux. An over-the counter antacid may also be helpful.
Warm water and licorice root can be used to soothe a sore throat. Licorice root has natural antibacterial properties that boost 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. If none of these remedies work for you, try taking raw honey every two hours for fast relief.
Wild edibles are available around your house
Wild edibles are available right at your doorstep. Elderberry, for example, is an edible plant that grows in lawns and gardens. 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. Another wild edible is the cattail, also known as bullrush. 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.
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 from forming, remove flowering stems and young leaves before harvesting garlic mustard. 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 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. For this reason, it’s crucial to check the expiration date on the medicine before taking it. 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 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. This bacteria can cause bacterial growth which can lead to more infection and antibiotic resistance. 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. 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.