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The doctor debunked 7 myths about self-medication, in which we believe



Many are sure that they know medicine better than doctors, and they can cure a cold or other “mild” disease themselves. What are the most common mistakes in self-medication? Explains the project and candidate of medical sciences, therapist Valentin Nechaev.

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1. The increased temperature must be brought down

As soon as the thermometer crawls over 37 degrees, do you start taking antipyretic drugs? But in vain - a rise in temperature, paradoxically, is a good sign. This means that the body has a healthy immune system. So the body defends itself: high temperature is not only unpleasant for us, it also destroys viruses.

If your temperature rises, drink as much warm mineral water as possible, blackcurrant fruit juice, cranberries, lingonberries, and raspberry tea. Heavy drinking increases perspiration, which in turn removes toxins and ultimately lowers temperature. Antipyretic drugs should be taken if the temperature has risen above 38,5–39 degrees. This temperature already puts a strain on the heart, and it needs to be knocked down. It is necessary to deal with temperature even if you can’t tolerate even the slightest increase in it: you begin to feel nauseous or vomit.

2. A sore throat will be treated with lemon and kerosene, and a runny nose - with onions and garlic

Do you think that if earlier in the villages all diseases were treated with kerosene, then now it will help a lot? Such folk remedies not only do not benefit, but also bring harm. With pharyngitis or angina, it is strictly contraindicated to lubricate the throat with kerosene: kerosene fumes cause a burn of the respiratory tract. In general, trying to lubricate the throat with something at home is very dangerous: a tampon with a “medicine” can come off the stick and clog the larynx or bronchus, causing suffocation.

It is also impossible, oddly enough, to drink hot tea with lemon. Hot, sour, spicy, salty and strong drinks irritate the inflamed mucosa and cause exacerbation. So warm vodka with pepper is also not an option. With a cold, do not pour juice of garlic, onions or aloe with honey into your nose. This will only lead to a burn of the mucosa, and will not give a therapeutic effect.

For gargling, infusions of herbs or soda dissolved in warm water are well suited. 1-2 drops of iodine can be added to a glass of soda solution. And cut the garlic into slices and arrange around the apartment.

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3. Honey can be eaten in unlimited quantities, it is most useful with haem

There are not as many vitamins in honey as is commonly thought. It is really a great source of energy for the body. However, it is only slightly less caloric than sugar. 100 g of sugar contains 390 kcal, and 100 g of honey - 330 kcal. Therefore, you can not eat a lot of honey, especially for diabetics. It is not recommended for allergy sufferers. We are used to drinking honey tea. But at temperatures above 60 degrees, all useful substances, enzymes, vitamins are destroyed in it, it simply turns into water, glucose and sugar. Do not put honey in hot tea; eat honey only with warm or cold drinks. The consumption rate is 60–80 g per day, and this is provided that you no longer lean on any other sweets.

4. Low back pain will take a hot bath or heating pad

In no case should you put a hot heating pad or climb into a hot bath when for some reason you have a sore back or stomach. Hot warmers and baths are contraindicated in many gynecological ailments, diseases of the cardiovascular system and vessels of the lower extremities, pyelonephritis, acute cholecystitis, acute pancreatitis, acute appendicitis, exacerbation of osteochondrosis. Water procedures can provoke a severe and dangerous exacerbation.

Pain in the lower back can veil a more serious problem - consult your doctor. A hot bath or a heating pad is actually a powerful pain reliever, such as kidney stones or the ureter. But you must be absolutely sure that the pain is caused by this particular problem.

5. Banks will save from bronchitis and pneumonia

It used to be that banks stimulate blood circulation, cause a rush of blood to diseased organs, renew cells, improve metabolism, promote rapid absorption of foci of inflammation, and bruises at the banks of cans increase the body's defenses. Ardent adherents of such treatment put banks not only for bronchitis and pneumonia, but also for pain in the lower back, back, joints and even the head. More than ten years ago, American scientists, and after them, ours recognized that cans do more harm than good. According to their studies, bruising appears not only on the skin of the back, but also on the pleura, and this weakens the activity of the bronchi and lungs. Moreover, the infection not only does not stop, but, on the contrary, spreads even more throughout the body: for example, with bronchitis, bacteria from the bronchi make their way to the lungs. And it’s absolutely dangerous to put cans in pneumonia. They can provoke pneumothorax, that is, rupture of the lung tissue.

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6. Immunostimulating drugs will perfectly protect against colds and viruses.

In the colds season, some made it a rule for prophylactic purposes to swallow plant immunostimulants, and in case of illness, drink a course of chemicals. A chemical immunomodulator is a potent drug suitable for extreme cases, and should be prescribed by a doctor. Even herbal preparations, such as those based on echinacea, seriously affect the immune system, and their intake must be controlled. Otherwise, the cunning body will get used to external help and forget how to independently activate the immune system.

7. Having a cold or flu, you do not have to visit a doctor

Of course, having some experience, you can draw up a treatment regimen yourself, especially since buying drugs at a pharmacy without a prescription is easy. But no one can independently assess the state of their health, which means they can decide whether or not to take antiviral drugs or antibiotics. The doctor makes an examination and monitors the development of the disease. This is very important, because the main danger of influenza is precisely that it can cause serious complications: otitis media, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and other diseases. Just now a strong virus is wandering, which leads to a long illness.

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