Quick Home Remedies For Common Ailments

Home remedies are simple remedies used at home to cure minor ailments that may not need a visit to the doctor. They may be anything ranging from food, roots, to herbs and over-the-counter medications like paracetamol. Most of them are not synthetic medications, though. They have largely been used over many many years in households all over the world. Below are some of the most common and yet effective home remedies.

Home Remedies for Common Ailments

Home Remedy for Hiccups

Hiccups are the spasmodic involuntary contractions of the diaphragm muscle. Sometimes they are funny but most times they are annoying and we just want to get rid of them. Typically they go away within minutes but sometimes they may persist for longer. Home remedies to get rid of them can be quite absurd but I recommend swallowing half a teaspoon of sugar and if that does notwork, try gargling with ice water for about a minute. That should take care of it. However, if your hiccups last for over two days, it is best to seek medical advice as it could be a sign of something more serious.

Home Remedies for Burns

Minor burns happen all the time in the kitchen. After suffering from a minor burn, the first thing to do is to place the burnt area under cold running water until the pain subsides.Then cut an aloe leaf lengthwise and apply directly to the burnt area. Minor in this case, is a burn that is less than 10 cm in diameter with the top skin still intact. If the area does not heal within 7 days, please make an appointment to see a doctor as sometimes home remedies may not be enough for more serious situations.

Common Cold

A common cold, as the name suggests is quite common. When one finally catches up with you, you want to be ready with one of the most popular home remedies of all time. A bowl of chicken soup with onions and garlic. This helps to slow the movement of neutrophils which are white blood cells that help fight infection in the body. This works to concentrate them in areas of the body that need the most healing.

With a common cold, often comes a sore throat and home remedies for this are countless but my personal favorite is half a cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with half a cup of sage tea. Add a teaspoon of sea salt and a pinch of cayenne and mix well. Gargle the mixture for 2 minutes and you will start to feel the difference in about 15 minutes. For an extra kick you can squeeze some lemon into the mixture.

Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection is bacterial and affects the urinary tract causing pain when peeing, among other symptoms. Home remedies for this are quite abundant but the easiest is having a glass of water. Plain and simple. Not just one though, several. Drink up in general but avoid anything fizzy, caffeinated or alcoholic. This helps to flush out the bacteria that is causing the infection. The more you drink the more you have to empty your bladder and the more bacteria you flush out. Easy math. Also, laying off hot spicy foods will help to reduce the inflammation.

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Lastly, at the end of the day when you just cannot fall asleep and you are battling with insomnia, have a glass of tart cranberry juice. This contains melatonin which is the hormone that helps to regulate sleep patterns. After the drink, take a warm bath to relax your muscles and that will be your ticket to slumber land.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Treatment

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorders where there is a pause in breathing for some seconds before the person resumes breathing. This may result in a disruption in the normal sleep pattern and in severe cases can result in an in an inability to get good night sleep. It so follows that those severely affected may become sleepy and feel tired during the day.

Even though the sleep disorder might appear to be a common and not-so-serious, it can lead to some serious health problems. If left untreated, the disorder can result in:

  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Hypertension
  • High blood pressure

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Below are the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Insomnia
  • Restless sleeping patterns
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Night Sweats
  • Snoring frequently and loudly
  • Trouble with breathing during sleep

Other symptoms indicating a possible disorder are:

  • Fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • Loss of memory
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate for long
  • Depressions

Types of Sleep Apnea

Even though all the three types of sleeping disorders below differ as far as their causes and treatment are concerned, one aspect remains common – some parts of the respiratory system narrow down and impair the percentage of oxygen reaching the subject’s lungs. Here are the 3 known types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

This is a highly common form of the disorder found in a majority of the individuals suffering from the sleeping disorder. Obstructive sleep is a physical disorder. This type of the disorder is typically characterized by individuals who have:

  • More body weight
  • Small jawline
  • A small air passage in the trachea (windpipe)
  • Large tongue
  • Tonsils

Central sleep apnea (CSA)

This is a comparatively rare form of the sleeping disorder in which the tracheal muscles do not sag too much extent, and the air passage remains large enough so that enough air can pass through. However, in this particular disorder, the diaphragm and the chest muscles temporarily fail to function effectively, which results in reduced oxygen levels in the blood.

Mixed sleep apnea (MSA)

In sporadic cases, some individuals experience both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea same time. The psychological and pathological impact of this disorder cannot be predetermined or ascertained since many factors affect its manifestation.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

The treatment for the sleep disorder varies by the level to which the person is suffering from it. The treatment can be administered in the form of therapies and surgeries depending upon how much the disorder is affecting the individual. The treatment consists of:

Therapies

Below are the therapies available for different sleep disorders:

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

This therapy is used if the individual has moderate to the severe sleep disorder. The treatment consists of a machine which delivers air (oxygen) through a mask placed over the nose while asleep. The air pressure remains higher than that of the surrounding air and is just strong enough to keep the air passages open.

Adjustable airway pressure devices

In this therapy, a particular type of air pressure device automatically adjusts the air pressure and oxygen levels while asleep. The basic functioning of the invention is similar to that used for CPAP therapy. However, it is a more advanced model and supports bi-level positive airway pressure (BPAP).
Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV)

This airflow device learns and understands the regular breathing pattern, and subsequently stores the information in a built-in computer. While asleep, the machine regulates the air pressure to normalize the breathing pattern and prevents any pauses in the breathing activity. ASV is more successful than CPAP while treating central sleep apnea in some individuals.

Oral appliances

This therapy involves wearing an oral appliance specially designed to keep the throat “open”. Oral tools are easier to use. Some devices are specially designed to keep the throat open by bringing the jaw forward, which can at times even relieve snoring as well as prevent mild obstructive sleep apnea.

Surgery

The primary objective of sleep apnea related surgery is to remove any excess tissues from the nose or the throat which may be causing the blockage of the air passage. This will be a discussion for another day.

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