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Video: The Best Way to Irrigate Your Sinuses (Without a Neti Pot)

The Best Way to Irrigate Your Sinuses (Without a Neti Pot) | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Last week, I demonstrated how to safely use a neti pot, a popular tool to clean your sinuses for allergy prevention and treatment. You just pour specially prepared water into one nostril, and it comes out the other one.

But there’s an advanced sinus irrigation technique that’ll clean you out good and proper—without a neti pot. Your amazing, Roto-Rooter, nasal cleansing alternative? A cup.

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Allergies Vs. Amoebas: 2 Steps to Using a Neti Pot Safely

Allergies Vs. Brain-Eating Amoebas: How to Use a Neti Pot Safely | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

There are not many natural ways to treat or prevent nasal allergies effectively, but using a neti pot for nasal irrigation is one of them. And it’s safe.

Okay, sure … a brain-eating amoeba has killed a few unfortunate people after they used contaminated tap water.

And, yes, some who use the neti pot actually have more sinus infections.

But … you can prevent both of those problems with two simple steps.

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Video: When Your Finger Swells Over Your Wedding Ring: What to Do

Neat Trick! When Your Finger Swells Over Your Wedding Ring: What to Do | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

One of the first things I do when I see someone with an injured hand or finger is remove any rings. You’d think the person would have already done this, but sometimes it’s hard to think straight when you have an injury. Also, many are afraid it’s going to hurt (it can), and some think the finger has already swollen too much (sometimes it has).

But the thing is, with a badly swollen finger, the ring acts like a tourniquet, cutting off the blood supply, and you could end up losing your digit. What to do?

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Video: How to Apply a Tourniquet Properly

Video: How to Apply a Tourniquet Properly | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Tourniquets have been on my mind lately. It’s a shame many people don’t know how to properly apply one to stop bleeding. It’s so easy. But, like most things, someone has to show you before you can learn.

I read of a man bitten on his thigh by a beaver. The large femoral artery that runs from the groin down the inner thigh was severed, and the man bled to death. My first thought was, maybe he could have been saved if someone had known how to stop the bleeding—in particular, how to apply a tourniquet.

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Videos: Posterior Nasal Packing (or Stopping a Bad Rear Nose Bleed)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

These videos, courtesy YouTube users, demonstrate parts of the procedures I describe in “When Your Nose Won’t Stop Bleeding: Causes and Cures.”

Video: How Can You Get Something Out of Your Eye You Can’t See?

Video: How Can You Get Something Out of Your Eye You Can’t See?

Fourth in a four-part series on eye problems.

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

I get a lot of specks of dirt, metal, rust, and other debris out of people’s eyes. Protective goggles keep out most foreign bodies, but it takes just the tiniest speck to make your eye all irritated and water like you’ve got a tree limb in it. Often the speck’s so small I need a magnifying glass—even a special microscope called a slit lamp—to see it. Sometimes the speck is already out and the person is feeling the scratch it left behind. Many find it hard to believe me when I tell them it’s the teeny scratch and not the speck that’s causing all that discomfort.

If a larger object hits the eye hard or anything appears to have punctured the eye surface, I refer the person immediately to an eye specialist. You should leave it alone. Don’t do anything until you can get to a doctor.

But, if it’s that tiny speck and you’re in a disaster situation where you can’t get to a doctor, here’s how to get something out of your eye:

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Video: How To See If You Break Your Glasses

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by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Did you ever see the Twilight Zone episode where the guy just wants to be left alone to read his books? The end of the world comes and he’s the only one left. He finds a library full of undamaged books and thinks he’s in heaven. He picks one up, and wouldn’t you know it? He breaks his glasses. Can’t see a thing without them, far or near.

I’d be the same way, about the seeing part I mean. Without my glasses I couldn’t tell a bear from a tree trunk. In a disaster, I’d be dead meat. Ah, but for the beauty of optical physics and simplicity of duct tape.

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Video: How to Make a Finger Splint

Video: How to Make a Finger Splint

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Okay, class. In recent posts, I’ve written about finger injuries and how to treat them. In case you weren’t quite able to grasp :-) how to make the different finger splints, I’ve made you a video. My homemade splints may not be the prettiest, but they should be as effective as any until you can get definitive medical treatment.

Whether the splint’s metal, wood, or the uninjured finger next to the injured one (a buddy splint), the objective is the same: keep the injured area stable until it heals. In the video I show how I’d make a finger splint for the following:

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[Video] Nursemaid’s Elbow: What to Do for This Common Children’s Injury

[Video] Nursemaid’s Elbow: What to Do for This Common Children’s Injury

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The poor nursemaid. I mean, we don’t even have nursemaids anymore, at least not by that name. Maybe it should be called Daddy’s or Mommy’s elbow. How about children’s elbow since they’re the injured ones? Or its medical name, subluxation of the radial head?

Okay. Nursemaid’s elbow is easier to say, easier to remember, and, most importantly, puts the blame on someone else.

Actually, no one’s to blame. The injury doesn’t come from abuse–usually. It happens while you and the kid are playing or when you get in a hurry. You swing a young child around by the arms. Wheee. Wheee. Waaaa. Or you’re walking, holding hands; you give a little jerk, or the child decides to use your hand for a swing, and suddenly … what happened?

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Video: How to Get Yourself Out of a Hole–Ice Hole, That Is

Video: How to Get Yourself Out of a Hole–Ice Hole, That Is

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

In my post “How to Survive If You Fall Into Cold Water,” I wrote about what to do if you fall through the ice. My second-born, Beth Nelson—a paramedic in Alaska—sent me this YouTube video after she read that post. She used to teach EMTs and said she’d show this to her students.

Please have everyone in your family read my post and watch this video. Doing both may seal the techniques better in your memory. You could use many of them for any fall in cold water, such as a tumble out of a boat. Every state in the union has had cold-water drownings.

The video, from Discovery Channel Canada, is very entertaining. I mean, anyone who’d purposely get in ice-cold water ….

Meet Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, also known as Dr. Popsicle.