5 Minor Ailments (& How You Can Treat Them)

While you should always see a medical professional when you’re seriously sick or hurt, it doesn’t mean you have to go to the doctor for everything. Instead, there are quite a few minor ailments you can look after yourself.

Some of these will be quick and easy to do. Not only will you save yourself the time – and expense – of seeing a doctor, but you’ll get it looked after faster than you’d think. Some of these are much easier to take care of than you’d think.

It’s worth looking at some of the most common of these and seeing how you can treat them. You may end up better off than you could’ve thought.

  1. Joint Pain – It’s relatively common to experience joint pain as you get older. That doesn’t mean it’s something you’ll need to settle for, though. Thankfully, there are more than a few ways you can minimize or get rid of joint pain. Curcumin IV therapy could be one of the more effective of these. It’s definitely worth looking into.
  2. Back Pain – Back pain can also get more common as you get older, but it’s relatively easy to get rid of. Gentle exercise and stretching is the easiest way of getting rid of it. While you could experience the back pain for a while afterward, this should get less and less in time.
  3. Cold & Flu – Everyone’s experienced colds and flus during their lives, and they’re never pleasant experiences. You wouldn’t want them to last for long, but there are multiple ways to minimize the symptoms. Staying hydrated and taking paracetamol at regular intervals could be more than enough for this. You should be over the bump in a few days and be back to perfect health.
  4. Head Lice – Most people would only have memories of having head lice as a child, if they ever had them. Sometimes, it’s possible to get them as an adult, however. They’re still surprisingly easy to get rid of. All you’ll need to do is use the right shampoo and then use a fine-tooth comb. After that, they should be gone.
  5. Small Burns – There are plenty of times where you could experience minor burns, with these usually happening when you’re cooking. Depending on the severity, you mightn’t need to see a doctor about them. Anything minor could be treated at home, as long as you have the right supplies. Running cold water over it and putting on some dressing should take care of it. Even a burn cream could help prevent an infection.

You don’t always need to go to the doctor when something’s wrong. Instead, there are more than a few minor ailments you can take care of yourself. It’ll be faster and easier to do it yourself than it would be to get to the doctor.

Of course, if your ailment is more severe, it can be wise to seek medical attention. This feature is not meant to be construed as a substitute for medical advice. It’s merely suggestive of how you can quickly find options to aid with common ailments.

It’s often just a matter of taking a few simple steps to address them. You’ll have nothing to worry about, so there’s no reason not to know how to do them.

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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