No matter who you are chances are high that you will suffer from one of the ailments in this list. Often when you begin to suffer from these common illnesses it is inconvenient to seek medical help. Use these home remedies to treat problems at home, until you can get an appointment to see your physician.
Stop touching your face. Acne breakouts have three root causes. Dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria provide an atmosphere for acne to thrive. Your body's natural processes make oil and shed skin cells, and there is nothing that can be done about that. Eliminating the bacteria on your face should be your priority. Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap. Pay close attention to cuticles and under yours nails.
Once your hands are clean you can begin washing your face. Wash your face with the same anti-bacterial soap. Wash all bedding, jackets, sweaters, or any other material that commonly comes in contact with your face. Do not lay your head down on any unlean surface, and do not put your hands on your face.
If you view acne as the infection that it is, you will be able to understand how to prevent breakouts. The pimple you see today is caused by an infection in your pores. This infection started days before you notice the blemish. Popping the pimple will only spread the infection to surrounding pores. Keep your face clean from bacteria and use this home remedy to see the acne disappear.
Before you decide on a home remedy for a yeast infection you need to make sure that you have one. If you have a yeast infection that, 'won't go away', or seems to come back in full force, chances are the problem isn't a yeast infection. Bacterial Vaginosis has the same symptoms as a yeast infection and is commonly mistaken for one. Use a vaginal ph-screening kit to diagnose a yeast infection before you begin treatment.
The easiest way to treat and prevent yeast infections at home is to add raw cultured vegetables to your daily diet. Raw cultured vegetables are a great source of Lactobacillus Acidophilus the 'cryptonite' to arch enemy Candida Albicans. You can also eat or insert plain yogurt to introduce Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
Moisture is your enemy when you are dealing with a yeast infection. Candida Albicans ,the cause of the infection, thrive in a humid climate. Eliminating the moisture so that bacteria can not thrive, and eating cultured foods will cure a yeast infection.
There are two types of era infections. Swimmer's ear is the most common infection in adults (otitis externa)while otitis media is the middle ear infection that children and babies get. Swimmers ear is caused from a fungal infection, and otitis media is caused by bacterial infection and blockage. Knowing witch type of infection you have can increase your chances for treatment without antibiotics.
For swimmers ear mix a 'half and half' solution of white vinegar and water. Using a dropper place in your ear. Gently tug on the earlobe to make sure the solution coats the infected area. The vinegar works by creating an unhealthy living environment for fungus. Warmed garlic oil will treat middle ear infections. Using a dropper place 3 drops in the ear. Using a warm compress can provide pain relief while causing the infection to break up and drain.
Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections are very painful and can be life threatening if they aren't treated properly. At the first signs of infection, begin treating the problem from within. Drink a tablespoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water. The baking soda will raise the PH level in your body and create an unhealthy living environment for bacteria. Drink four 8 ounce glasses of cranberry juice a day. Cranberry juice prevents bacteria from attaching to cells that line the urinary tract. When you notice symptoms of a bladder infection you should increase liquids. The increase in liquid flushes your system and rids the body of infection.
Constipation often occurs in young children or people who have become dehydrated. Constipation can cause a serious infection in the body. Like many other home remedies treatment should begin quickly. Start treatment by drinking half a teaspoon of Epson salt dissolved in water. For children, drinking a teaspoon of olive oil dissolved in milk will often relieve constipation. Increase fluids and fiber when you are constipated. Coconut milk is a natural laxative, and when used as a home remedy for constipation, it should be consumed warm. Drinking warm fluids will aid in curing constipation. Do not take a sleeping aid while using these home remedies for constipation.
Athletes foot, like any fungal infection, strives in a warm moist environment. You should disinfect shoes, and socks worn on a daily basis. If you can change shoes altogether that is preferable when dealing with athletes foot. Listerine mouthwash is a great home treatment for athletes foot. Mix a half and half solution and soak your feet daily. The alcohol in Listerine kills the fungus and drys your feet which combats the moisture problem. Use shower shoes in public bathrooms or locker rooms. Do not walk on the floor barefoot in these places as they are home to a smorgasbord of bacteria. Make sure shoes are clean and dry before you wear them.
Sore throats can be a minor nuisance or a symptom of a severe infection. If your sore throat is accompanied by fever and body aches see a physician. Symptoms of strep may seem slight but an infection that goes untreated can lead to scarlet fever or rheumatic fever.
Mix a half and half solution of apple cider vinegar and water. Heat the 8 ounce mixture and add 2 teaspoons of honey. Drink the solution warm for a soothing effect. Do not give honey to children under two years of age. Honey can cause a serious illness known as infant botulism in young children. You can also gargle with Listerine or a salt water solution.
A teaspoon of honey will often improve a cough. Warm fluids can have honey added to them to increase the effectiveness of this home remedy. A cough is most commonly accompanied by mucous. Avoid dairy products as they can make the mucous thicker. Avoid cold foods and drinks, as much as possible, when you have a cough.
Toothaches can be caused by sensitivity to hot or cold, or an underlying infection. Studies have shown that chewing a piece of onion for three minutes will completely eliminate the bacteria in the mouth. Garlic is a great antibacterial agent and chewing the cloves will kill bacteria as well. The most effective home remedy for tooth or gum pain is clove oil. There is a reason that products, containing clove oil, warn against applying it to ANY area not affected by pain. Clove oil burns it also produces a numbing effect. For 30 seconds, you will feel the burn so apply it carefully. Using raw vanilla on a baby's gums will provide relief in a similar way.
An upset stomach can be caused by trapped gas or irritation after eating certain foods. In any case the cheapest and most widely used home remedy for stomach ailments is baking soda and water. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a 4 ounce glass of water and drink it. The baking soda neutralizes the acid in the stomach similar to over-the-counter or prescription drugs.