The spine supports the whole weight of the upper body so it is understandable that it sometimes goes wrong.
Because of the complex nature of the spine it is advisable to consult your doctor if back pain persists for more than a few days. If, as is usual, the pain has been caused by abuse ie lifting too heavy weights etc, be sensible and take things easy. Take care to sit as upright as possible with a support for the small of the back.
Take aspirin or paracetamol which will not only relieve the pain but will help to relieve inflammation. Your doctor will advise regarding further treatment if necessary. read more →
Bedsores are far easier to prevent than cure. They are caused by prolonged pressure to certain parts of the body when lying in bed for long periods.
They can be prevented by encouraging the patient to shift position as often as possible. Take care to smooth out creases in the bottom sheet to avoid irritation.
If red marks appear at the pressure points such as heels , elbows, buttocks and hips, inform the doctor before they get worse. read more →
Apply large quantities of cold water to the effected area as soon as possible and maintain this until the pain subsides.
This may take as long as 15 minutes! If the skin is broken, consult your doctor as soon as possible. read more →
Even in this day and age there is still no magic cure for the common cold. Go to bed, take plenty of drinks. If you have a headache or are feverish, take aspirin or paracetamol.
Do not bother to take antibiotics as these will have no effect! read more →
In adults, diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral infection and is therefore unable to be treated directly. The symptoms can usually be setted by simple over the counter medications. Holiday diarrhoea is often due to bacteria.
Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than a few days. Diarrhoea in very young children and babies needs careful attention. Most babies have loose bowel action during their first six months due to their predominantly liquid diet. Sudden bouts of unusually watery diarrhoea should be treated by taking the baby off solids and feeding them a cooled solution of boiled water with a teaspoon of sugar and a half a teaspoon of salt to the pint or purchase oral rehydration salts from the pharmacy.
If the symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, or are accompanied by vomiting or weakness, consult your doctor. read more →
Gastroenteritis describes a group of diseases affecting the stomach or part of the intestine. Symptoms are often diarrhoea , sickness and stomach-ache. Because the lining of the stomach is likely to be inflamed , medicines are often immediately vomited up.
Large quantities of water, orange juice or thin soup should be taken to the counter the effects of dehydration.
Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist for more than a day or, in the case of babies or young children, six hours. read more →
Most attacks are not serious and are usually caused by indigestion or wind. A hot water bottle will often relieve the symptoms and, in the cause of indigestion, a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in half a glass of water will help. If the pain lasts for longer than eight hours or increases in intensity you should consult your doctor. read more →
Treat with a cold compress, containing ice if possible, for 15 to 30 minutes to reduce the swelling. Then apply, firmly, a crepe bandage and give the sprain plenty of rest until all discomfort has subsided. Further strain will inevitably lead to further swelling and a longer recovery period. read more →
Sit in a chair, lean forward with your mouth open, and pinch your nose just below the bone for approximately 10 minutes, by which time the bleeding should have stopped. Avoid hot drinks or hot food for 24 hours. If symptoms persist , consult your doctor. read more →
Wash the wound thoroughly with water and a little soap. To stop bleeding apply a clean handkerchief or dressing firmly to the wound for about five minutes. Cover with a clean dry dressing. read more →
Treat as for other burns with cold water to remove the heat. Calamine lotion will relieve the irritation whilst paracetamol will also help. Children are particularly susceptible to sunburn and great care should be taken to avoid over exposure to the harmful effects of the sun. read more →
Antihistamine tablets can be obtained from the chemist without prescription and will usually relieve most symptoms.
Note: bee stings should be scraped away rather than `plucked` in order to avoid squeezing the contents of the venom sac into the wound. read more →