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Experts’ 10 Best Home Remedies—Using Stuff Around Your House

The best home remedies from doctors and other experts that use stuff you already have lying around the house.

Editor’s note: A version of this article was published in My Family Doctor magazine.*

When you’re in a pinch, try these top, expert-suggested remedies—using things you already have around the house!

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3 Age-Old Wound-Dressing Questions, Answered

How to dress a wound to better promote healing and prevent infection.

Part 2 in my modern wound care series. See part 1, on the latest advice for cleaning a wound, here.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

How many cuts and scrapes have you gotten in your life? Probably quite a few. Yet, to this day, do you know whether it’s better to keep a wound covered or let it air out?

Simple wound-care questions like that have left even doctors debating the answers. So earlier this year, an article in American Family Physician, the journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians, offered some answers. For the article, three researchers from Thomas Jefferson University looked at a number of studies on wound care and formulated guidelines based on the findings. Here are some highlights.

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5 Life-Threatening Injuries That Are Totally Survivable During a Disaster—if You Know How


by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I get a gnawing feeling in my stomach when I hear stories of people who died from an injury they might have survived if they’d just known a little more basic medicine. Or maybe they knew but just weren’t thinking right at the time.

And then there are the people who saved lives with well-applied tourniquets and other techniques, makeshift or otherwise, that often aren’t even taught in typical first-aid classes. If you’d like to know more about such techniques, I do have a video course.

Getting a devastating injury doesn’t always equal a death sentence, even if you’re in a disaster or homesteading or otherwise unable to get immediate professional help. If you know the right things to do, you may be able to survive—or save the life of a loved one.

Here are my best tips to deal with five life-threatening injuries when you can’t get to a doctor, until you can. (In addition to all these tips, have someone quickly call 911 if possible.) My suggestion is to put these to memory.

1. Deep Wound to an Extremity

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Day After Disaster: 4 Scenarios to Test Your Basic Survival Medicine Skills

Sara F. Hathaway

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I thought I’d have a little fun today and walk you through what to do in some scenarios to test your basic survival medicine skills.

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4 Ways to Sterilize Your Medical Instruments [Book Excerpt]

4 Ways to Sterilize Instruments (Excerpt from "Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid")

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

For this month’s posts, I’ve chosen some excerpts from my new book, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid, that I think will especially interest my regular blog readers. If you’ve already bought the book, I’d be interested to hear what you think of these sections.

First up: Here at the blog, I’ve gone into a good bit of detail about treating wounds, but have you ever wondered when you need to sterilize the instruments and dressings you use?

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How Dangerous Is Tetanus Really? 10 FAQs

How Dangerous Is Tetanus Really? 10 FAQs | The SurvivalDoctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Over the years I’ve given my share of tetanus shots. And over the years, I’ve noticed that while most people know they need one on occasion, they’re just not sure when or, in fact, what the shot really prevents. I thought I’d provide my take and answer a few FAQs.

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On the Scene: How to Help Victims Survive a Mass Shooting

A SWAT team member prepares. Even in normal circumstances, help may not be able to get to you quickly in a mass shooting. Safety must be established first.

A SWAT team member prepares. Even in normal circumstances, help may not be able to get to you quickly after a mass shooting. Safety must be established first. You may be able to help people survive in the meantime.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Today, I’d like to address some tragedies that have been the news recently: the Navy Yard, Chicago park and Kenya mall shootings.

I won’t get into the causes or preventions of mass shootings. That’s not my expertise. Your guess is as good a mine. What I want to briefly discuss is how to help a victim survive a shooting after 911 has been called (if it’s available).

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To Pop or Not to Pop? This Answer Can Make Your Blister Heal Better

To Pop or Not to Pop? This Answer Can Make Your Blister Heal Better | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

When someone comes in to my office with a burn or really any type of condition that causes a blister I’m almost always asked what’s the best treatment—specifically, should they pop the blister or not pop?

Over the years, I’ve come up with some blister treatment guidelines. But first I should tell you why just popping all blisters is not always the best plan.

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How to Treat a Burn Like a TV Star

What a TV star did right and wrong when she caught on fire—in real life. | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Many of us try to stay outside as much as we can this time of year. Grilling, camping, swimming, there’s so much to do. You sure don’t want to waste time when you could be having fun recuperating from an injury.

One hazard common to all the activities I mentioned is burns. Even a bad sunburn can be severe enough to cause blisters and make you feel horrible. (In fact, I recently wrote on how to avoid this and on the pros and cons of using sunscreen.) But sometimes, accidents just happen—and so do burns worse than any sunburn. That’s why everyone should know at least the basics of how to treat a burn. Minimize the damage, and you’ll minimize that recovery time.

As an example, let’s look at a real-life burn. Would you know what to do in the following situation?

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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.”