A home remedy is an alternative practice to medicine, but it does not replace pharmaceutical products. It is a treatment to help cure an ailment that usually make use of common items found at home. Some of these are now widely used and give instant relief. It does not necessarily make use of herbs, plants or medicinal properties. It utilizes things that can aid in relieving the pain. There are no known medical researches to support these remedies. It is still advisable to consult your medical doctors if the illness still persists. Below are some easy do-it-yourself home remedies.
Mosquito or Insect Bites
These are not really serious cases. You apply treatment to relieve discomfort from the itchiness. However, do seek medical help for severe problems such as poisonous spider bites. Here are simple steps to remedy it.
A. Make Use of Toothpaste
1. Wash the affected area with soap and warm water.
2. Put a small amount of toothpaste in the affected area.
3. Let it dry for a few minutes.
4. Repeat step 2 to 3 as needed.
5. You will feel an instant relief of itchiness caused by the mosquito or insect bites.
B. Make Use of Baking Soda
1. Mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with a small amount of water to form a paste.
2. Rub a small amount of baking soda paste in the affected area.
3. Let it dry for a few minutes. Repeat step 2 as needed.
4. Check if you were relieve from the skin itchiness. It should be gone in a few minutes.
C. Make Use of Ice Water
- Soak the affected area in ice water for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. You may also use a cold wash cloth or cold towel to sooth the pain.
- Repeat process as needed. You will feel relief from any discomfort or skin irritation.
The medical treatment for a burn will depend on its severity or extent of the blister. It may be categorized into a first degree, second degree or third degree. It is recommended that patient should consult professional help for severe burns. Below is a simple remedy that can only be applied to a first degree or minor burns at home.
- Gently wash the affected parts of the body in cool tap water for approximately 30 to 45 seconds. This will stop the heat extent and control the pain. (This first step is applicable up to the second degree burn.)
- Use a triple antibiotic ointment to heal the burnt area and to avoid possible infection.
- However, you may use a small amount of white or mint toothpaste if you do not have an antibiotic ointment. The menthol in the toothpaste will help control the inflammation, but it may not aid infection. It will only relieve the pain from the burn.
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Sore throat can be very irritating. It may be caused by bacteria, common viruses or sinus drainage. Breathing through the mouth can also caused dryness and soreness of the throat. You should check your doctor if your ailment last for more than a week. However, here is a simple step that you can do at home to aid you with temporary relief.
- Mix ½ teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of warm water. Dissolve it completely.
- Gargle using the salt and water mixture at least 3 to 5 times a day.
- Repeat step 1 to 2 for at least 3 days as needed, but not more than 6 days. Consult your doctor if soreness still persists.
- Gargling can help moisten the soreness of your throat and can provide temporary relief of discomfort.
Note: You can also prepare the same salt and water mixture and drink it if you have diarrhea. This will help you prevent dehydration in case you don't have an available oral dextrose at home.
I have tried using these simple steps at home. It did work for me. It helps you to ease out the pain. However, it is recommended that you consult your health care professional before doing these remedies to prevent any medical complications.
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TINA V (author) on July 26, 2010:
hi ezhuthukari, thank you also for checking out this hub. I really appreciate it. Have a great week!
ezhuthukari from Kerala on July 21, 2010:
Some handy home remedies here, Tina. Thanks for sharing!
TINA V (author) on June 18, 2010:
Hi katiem2, i hope other readers will also find it useful. I really appreciate your comment. Thank you. Have a great weekend!
Katie McMurray from Ohio on June 16, 2010:
Now these are some great and useful tips especially this time of year. thanks for sharing your easy do it yourself home remedies. Peace :)
TINA V (author) on May 24, 2010:
Hi Lgali, thanks for checking out this hub. Have a great week!
Lgali on May 13, 2010:
thnaks for all nice tips
TINA V (author) on May 09, 2010:
Hi Micky Dee, I hope you can benefit from it. Thanks for reading this hub.
Micky Dee on April 22, 2010:
Very well done. I never thought of using toothpaste for injuries! Thanks Tina!
TINA V (author) on April 19, 2010:
Hi Sandyspider, mosquitoes may seem to love you because of your profile pix. LOL! just kidding. . . Seriously, I hope these remedies will also be helpful to you. Thank you for reading this hub. Have a great week!
Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on April 16, 2010:
I will have to try the mosquito bit remedies. They seem to love me during the summer. Nice hub.
TINA V (author) on April 08, 2010:
Hi Granny's House, it's nice to hear from you. Thanks for reading this hub.
TINA V (author) on April 08, 2010:
Hi Lita, I hope this will also help you treat your skin from insect bites. Thanks for checking out this hub.
Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on April 06, 2010:
Thanks for the info. Great hub Tina V. Mine are also Tina V. lol
Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on April 06, 2010:
I got itchy skin from ant bites. The bitten areas now begin to sore. This hub is what I need. Great tips, I'll try these. Thanks!
TINA V (author) on April 05, 2010:
Hi fiona_33, thanks for checking out this hub.
Have a great week!
fiona_33 from UK on April 02, 2010:
Awesome hub. Thanks for all the great information.
TINA V (author) on April 01, 2010:
Hi Deborrah, thank you for reading this hub. I really appreciate it. Have a blessed Holy Week, too.
DeBorrah K Ogans on April 01, 2010:
Tina V, Great healthy and alternative tips! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!
TINA V (author) on March 16, 2010:
Hi Nell, I have tried doing all these simple steps at home. It did work for me. I hope you'll find it useful, too. Thank you for your comment. Have a great week!
Nell Rose from England on March 11, 2010:
Hiya, I didn't realise that toothpaste was good for all these things. great idea. I had heard that people have used toothpaste for acne, though, but I am not sure if it works. thanks nell
TINA V (author) on March 11, 2010:
Hi Maita, thanks for the visit. I promise I'll write another hub. :-D
prettydarkhorse from US on March 10, 2010:
Hey TinaV, I am always glad to visit your hubs, Maita
TINA V (author) on March 08, 2010:
Hi Nancy, I really appreciate your comment. Thank you for reading this hub. Have a great week!
TINA V (author) on March 08, 2010:
Hi Maita, thank you for always visiting my hubs. It was nice of you to drop me a note. Have a great week!
nancy_30 from Georgia on March 06, 2010:
I enjoyed reading this hub. It was very informative.
prettydarkhorse from US on March 05, 2010:
Youre welcome TinaV, I learned a lot from this one, sore throat si painful, Salamat (thanks) Maita
TINA V (author) on March 04, 2010:
I really appreciate your comments. I hope that these information will help you, too. I just thought that home remedies that are easy to use are easier to understand with a much lesser risk.
Thank you for reading this hub.
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 04, 2010:
nice information. We have to consider about that. Better we can made it by ourselves. Thanks for great tips. I am glad to follow your tips,
prettydarkhorse from US on March 03, 2010:
Now I leanred a lot about sore throat, good job here TinaV, Maita
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 03, 2010:
Nice home remedy tips. Thanks.
pddm67 from Queens, New York on March 03, 2010:
Great tips & useful information. It's amazing what you can do with standard household products. A pharmacy in your pantry :-) Rock on!