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This library contains easy-to-understand instructions about most health problems.  This library is always open for you.  Click on the logos or underlined links below to enter the websites.

GENERAL HEALTH INFORMATION

 

  

RESPIRATORY INFECTION | CONGESTION / SORE THROAT / COUGH

 

MOST RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS DO NOT REQUIRE TREATMENT FROM A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.  Here is why and what you can do: 

If you get sick with cold / flu symptoms (and are generally healthy age 2-65 [without severe symptoms such as persistent fever (temperature >100.4 Farhenheit), tachycardia (pulse >100 beats/minute), rapid breathing (>24 breaths/minute), severe fatigue, severe pain, dizziness, confusion, or vomiting], it is unlikely you will need professional medical treatment.  If you have any of these symptoms, otherwise have any problems, or just want to see a doctor, please (call back to) schedule an appointment.  (The exception is for strep throat; please click here to view the STREP THROAT DECISION TOOL.  Even so, keep in mind 70% of children and 90% of adults with pharyngitis (throat infections) have a viral infection.)  >90% of cases of acute cough illness are non-bacterial.  >95% of patients with phlegm (productive cough) do not have pneumonia.

 

NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

 

Acute Bronchitis = predominantly cough +/- phlegm 0-8 weeks

 

NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE

 

  • REST  Limit school/work/exercise so your body can put it's energy into healing.  Do not underestimate the value and healing power of rest!

  • FLUIDS  The main danger and discomfort of respiratory infection is dehydration.  Your body needs more fluids when you are sick.  Fluids with sodium (salt) can help you retain more fluids.  Drinks such ginger tea with lemon and agave nectar/honey, Pedialyte (for children), Gatorade, and meals such as soup are good.

  • GERM CONTROL  You need to be fever-free for 24 hours before you can go to work or on an airplane.  Infections are usually spread through respiratory droplets or direct contact.  Help others from catching your illness.  If you have to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or your elbow and keep you hands clean..

Potentially Harmful Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicines

    - AVOID DECONGESTANTS!  Decongestants are alpha 1 stimulants constricting blood vessels thus reducing blood flow to the nose and elevating blood pressure.  They seem to work in the short-term, but long-term when the effect wears off often cause rebound congestion worse than the original congestion (e.g. phenylephrine, neosynephrine)

   - avoid alcohol: present in many "nighttime medications", usually gives you longer sleep, but does not give you as much deep Rapid Eye Movement (REM) restful sleep, alcohol also lowers your immune system and reduces your ability to fight infection

   - avoid dextromethorphan (unless you have a dry cough): this is a cough suppressant, not an expectorant, and can prevent mucous from coming out

HELPFUL Over-The-Counter Medicines for Respiratory Infection [avoid if allergic]

NAME

PURPOSE / BENEFITS

USUAL ADULT DOSE
CHEST / VAPOR RUB *

CAMPHOR (from large thriving Japanese evergreen tree) + EUCALYPTUS (from large thriving Australian tree + MENTHOL (mint)

(e.g. Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer ~$15-20 at pharmacy)

  • for wet or dry cough
  • cooling and soothing anti-inflammatory
  • opens up airways
  • great for coughs that get worse in cold at night
  • limits need to take OTC pills
  • excellent lifetime investment
  • works instantly and overnight

(keep away from eyes, mouth, and inside nostrils)

(keep hot water away from where children can reach)

rub onto chest, neck, nose, or under nostrils as needed

DIPHENHYDRAMINE
  • anti-histamine
  • makes blood vessels less leaky so reduces mucous production
  • great for allergies
25mg at bedtime as needed

(higher dose might make you drowsy the next day)

SALINE NASAL SPRAY

(salt water)

  • irrigation of nose and sinuses
  • great for those that don't like taking oral medicines
few sprays each nostril as needed
GUAIFENESIN
  • expectorant
  • loosens mucous to help it drain out
  • great for sinus congestion or wet cough
100-400mg every 4 hours as needed
ACETAMINOPHEN
  • reduces pain +/or fever
500-1000mg every 6 hours as needed
VITAMIN C (ascorbic acid)
  • boosts immune system
  • present in citrus fruits
GARLIC
  • boosts immune system
  • anti-bacterial
ZINC
  • boosts immune system
FRUIT SMOOTHIES *
  • helps sore throat
  • shrinks swelling in throat therefore improving swallowing
  • has natural vitamin C
  • delicious
HONEY * +/- LEMON

(avoid if age <1 year because of botulism risk)

  • homemade natural cough remedy
(avoid if age <1 year because of botulism risk)

HONEY (1 spoon) + LEMON (couple drops) hourly as needed

WATER
  • natural cough remedy
4-8 oz hourly
GINGER TEA with HONEY or AGAVE NECTAR
  • invigorating
  • one of the best natural anti-inflammatories
  • delicious
  • ginger tea with honey is a time-honored ancient Ayurvedic medicine staple for general well-being
to taste

* = DOCTOR'S FAVORITE PICKS

 

HEALTH PROMOTION

Disease Prevention + Health Promotion

  MAGNET

FOR REFRIGERATOR

 

"It is like having a fitness coach silently whispering to me in my kitchen."

 

PERFECT GIFT FOR YOU KNOW WHO

Available for purchase soon!

 

National Exercise Guidelines

Disability Fitness

Free Kit for New Parents

 

ROUTINE CANCER SCREENING

BODY PART BREAST COLON PROSTATE CERVIX

SKIN

OVERVIEW Gastrointestinal (digestive) system anatomy; shows esophagus, liver, stomach, colon, small intestine, rectum, and anus. ABCD Pneumonic

A = Asymmetry

B = Border Irregular

C = Color Black or Variegated (Mutli-Colored)

D = Diameter >5mm (larger than size of pencil eraser)

SCREENING TESTS Breast Colon Prostate Cervix/Gynecologic Inform doctor if problems

                                   

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

 Where to Get Tested for $15 | San Diego County Services

PEDIATRICS

 

 

SUPPORT INFORMATION

2-1-1

Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.  2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral.

 

PRESCRIPTION SAVING$

If you don't have prescription drug coverage, you can print a Rx card at the below website to save $.

 

EVERY WOMAN COUNTS

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Financial Assistance (e.g. Mammogram, Pap Smear)

 

CARPAL TUNNEL EASY SOLUTION | wrist roller

 

HEARING AID | Low Price with High Quality

 

IMAGING HEALTHCARE | where to get an X-ray

 

DIABETES CONFERENCE | Take Care of Your Diabetes at Convention Center

HAPPINESS

Cognitive Therapy by National Australian University | Mood Gym

National Suicide Prevention Hotline | 1.800.273.8255

Every second is a second chance. ~ Jade Dadiz

You Attitude determines your Altitude.

COMEDY (Laughter is great medicine.)

 

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Working it Out (created by a former patient who moved)

Stress Reduction / JOY Production

Health Cartoons

 
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