Our Family’s Health

Take care of your health, and the health of those around you. If you do not, who will?

Our Family’s Health is an online medical book as our gift to you and your family. It is a guide to familial medical self-care, that is easy to use and understand. Our Family’s Health is filled with great explanations and health and medical tips. The contents include home based care for over 100 common health issues.

To our readers: If you receive advice from your doctor or health care specialist that is contrary to this book follow your doctor’s or health care specialist’s advice, as it is more likely to suit your individual needs. This may be particularly true if you’re dealing with a chronic condition. Always check with your doctor first if you have an allergy or suspected allergy before following the advice of this book. Always read medication labels carefully. If you have a problem that continues to concern you it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention.

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Important Medical Information:

List of Allergies:

Family Doctor Contact Information:

Pediatrician Contact Information:

Specialist Doctor Contact Information:

Dentist Contact Information:

Emergency Room Number:

Poison Control Center Number:

Ambulance Number:

Dental Emergency Number:

Hospital Number:

Other Pertinent Health Information:

Table of Contents:

How To Recognize An Emergency

How To Know When It Is Time To See A Doctor

How To Keep, Maintain, Or Strive For Health

How To Use This Book: Fill out the sheet with important medical information. Recognize how to identify a medical emergency. Familiarize yourself with concepts that are pertinent to you and your family. Familiarize yourself with information that you are curious about.

How To Recognize An Emergency

How To Know When It Is Time To See A Doctor

How To Keep, Maintain, Or Strive For Health

Weight Control

Exercise

Do Not Smoke

If You Drink Alcohol Do So In Moderation

Avoid Injury

Professional Disease And Disorder Prevention

Nutrition

the benefits of proper nutrition

a well-balanced diet

dietary considerations (that intake, cholesterol intake, proteins, carbohydrates, salt, fiber, calcium, supplements, alcohol, vegetarianism, veganism, atypical diets)

weight control

the benefits of a healthy weight

the consequences of an unhealthy low weight

the consequences of an unhealthy high weight

exercise

the benefits of exercise

stretching exercises

strengthening exercises

endurance exercises

how to choose the right type of exercise for you

how to handle setbacks

the habit of exercise

Don’t smoke

the benefits of not smoking

the consequences of smoking

alcohol moderation

the benefits of no alcohol

the benefits of alcohol in moderation

the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption

avoiding injury

guns

impaired motor vehicle operation

seatbelts

elements

falls

firearms

drowning

professional prevention

checkups

immunizations (hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenza type B, inactivated polio virus, measles, mumps, rubella, pneumococcal) (adult immunizations: tetanus, diphtheria, pneumococcal, influenza)

screening (breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, lipid screening, blood pressure screening, diabetes screening, coronary artery disease screening, lung cancer screening, osteoporosis screening, prostate cancer screening)

health risk assessments

treating problems early

My medicine cabinet

essentials: bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic cleansers, thermometer, pain and fever medications, antacids, skin soothers.

For families with young children: syrup of Ipecac

liquid acetaminophen

Optional: antihistamines, decongestants, nose drops and sprays, cold tablets, cold tablets, cough syrups, laxatives, diarrhea medicine, sodium fluoride, eyedrops, zinc oxide, antifungals, hydrocortisone cream, sunscreen agents, wart removers, elastic bandages.

*Mention in five words or less what these medications or tools are useful for.

Common medical problems

emergencies

emergency signs

major obvious injury

neck injury

spinal injury

not breathing

no pulse

unconsciousness

bleeding that cannot be stopped

seizures

drowsiness

disorientation

cold sweats

heatstroke

shortness of breath

severe pain

choking (for adults, small children, and infants) (Heimlich maneuver, abdominal thrusts, back blows and abdominal thrusts)

poisoning (this requires professional aid) (do not induce vomiting if the victim has swallowed petroleum products, alkalis or acids)

emergency first aid: need to be properly trained to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Organization such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association of the training, and it is highly recommended to take these courses.

Common injuries

cuts to skin

cuts to internal structures

bandages

signs of infection

stitches

difficult cuts

home management (clean the wound, bandaged the wound) (see a doctor if pages of the wound cannot be kept together or if any symptoms persist such as fever redness swelling or pass or if the wound isn’t healed within seven days)

puncture wounds

animal bites

scrapes

tetanus shots

broken bones

wrist injuries

elbow injury

shoulder injury

ankle injuries (swelling, pain, RICE)

knee injuries

head injuries

Burns (first, second, third) (degree)

infected wounds

insect bites (spider bites)

insect stings

snakebites (pit viper bites, coral snake bites)

fishhooks

joint fractures

dislocated nails

blood under nail

Common illnesses:

viral syndromes

viral upper respiratory infections

the flu

viral gastroenteritis

hayfever

sinusitis

strep throat

cold

sore throat

ear pain

Stuffy ears

Ear discharge

swimmers ear

ruptured eardrum

hearing loss

running nose

cough

Croup

wheezing

asthma

horse

swollen glands

nosebleeds

foreign bodies

EYE pain

decreased vision

eye burning

eye itching

eye discharge

stye

Bad breath

Smokers breath 

Morning breath

Mouth sores

Toothaches

Skin problems

Heat rash 

Milia

Erythema Toxicum 

Acne

Diaper rash 

Hair loss

Impetigo 

Ringworm 

Hives

Poison Ivy 

Poison Oak 

Chemical Rash 

Skin Cancer 

Melanoma

Squamous Cell Cancers

Basal Cell Cancers

Eczema

Boils 

Acne 

Athlete’s Foot

Jock Itch 

Sunburn 

Lice 

Bedbugs

Ticks

Chiggers

Scabies

Danruff 

Cradle Cap 

Patchy loss of skin color 

Aging spots

Wrinkles

Baldness

Mumps

Chicken Pox

Measles

Rubella

Roseola

Scarlet Fever 

Fifth Disease 

Common Bone, Joint, and Muscle Issues

Arthritis

Musculoskeletal pain 

Neck Pain 

Meningitis

Pinched Nerve 

Shoulder Pain 

Bursitis

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Bicep Tendinitis

Injuries

Infections

Inability to move arm 

Elbow pain 

Tennis elbow

Wrist pain 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

Finger paun 

Low back pain 

Sciatica

Hip Pain 

Knee Pain 

Leg Pain 

Shin splints

Cellulitis 

Claudication 

Thrombophlebitis 

Shin Pain 

Tibial Periostitis

Anterior Compartment Syndrome 

Ankle Pain 

Ankle Swelling 

Leg Swelling 

Heel Pain 

Plantar Fasciitis

Bursitis 

Achilles Tendonitis

Morton’s Neuroma

Bunion

Corns

Calluses

Planta warts 

Metatarsal stress fracture 

Chest Pain

Shortness of breath

Palpitations 

Nausea

Vomiting 

Diarrhea

Heartburn

Abdominal pain

Appendix pain

Diverticulitis

Kidney pain

Gallbladder 

Stomach

Bladder pain

Appendicitis

Constipation

Internal hemorrhoids

External hemorrhoids

Pinworms

Incontinence

Fecal incontinence

Bladder infections

Headache

Sleep disorders

Weakness 

Fatigue

Dizziness 

Fainting

Unconsciousness

Vertigo

Lightheadednesa

Home treatment

High blood pressure

Anxiety

Grief

Hyperventilation syndrome

Lump in throat

Depression

Alcoholism

Drugs 

Breast self examination

Gynecological examination

Vaginal discharge

Bleeding between periods

Difficult periods

Missed periods

Menopause

Sexually Transmitted Diseases 

Gonorrhea

Syphilis

Chlamydia

Genital warts 

Public lice

AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome 

Herpes 

Genital herpes

Birth Control