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« Reply #30 on: September 16, 2011, 06:25:45 AM »
Thanks enlightenme. I only truly know the trauma side of things. I went to the EMT course, Paramedic Course, ranger first responder course, tactical casualty care course. Nowhere in any of those do you treat basic sickness. I'm really trying to absorb as much of that as I can right now. I know combat surgery too, but the surgery I know is supposed to be fixed up at a later time by a real surgeon. Right now my priority is to find out how to do "lasting" field medicine. Not just quick fixer uppers!
Erv

Erv have you had any field experience with this drug, Rocephin? My personal experience and that of one of my daughters, is it is one heck of a good drug.
I once was sick suddenly and went to a clinic they gave me  shot of roceprin and it kicked the ____ out of whatever
was wrong. I got well fast. Another time, same thing. One of my daughters too. It works on a variety of things...
Lyme disease etc.

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Rocephin (Ceftriaxone Injection)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000848/

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« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2011, 08:30:36 AM »
We used to give Rocephin in peds. when other antibiotics weren't working.    We always reconstituted it with Lidocane because it is a pretty nasty shot to give.   In adults it is usually get a z-track injection in the hip above the glute off to the side a bit.   In peds, we always gave it in the vastis lateralis. (off to the side of the thigh).  It covers many bacterial infections.  It would be good to get a hold of.   Lidocain is the hard thing to obtain.   I haven't looked into vet use Rocephin....I think I'll do that later today.  It is considered a pretty heavy duty drug.

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« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2011, 03:50:56 PM »
Rocephin is a drug used by Group guys in third world countries.
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« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2011, 07:37:58 PM »
Another thing good to have in the medicine chest is colodial silver.  Not nano silver...those particles are too big.   Meso Silver is what I use.   It has worked well on MRSA infections.   Can be taken internally for illness too.   After internal treatment, it is important to replace the normal flora in your gut with probiotics. 

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« Reply #34 on: May 22, 2013, 10:07:26 PM »
Rocephin is a drug used by Group guys in third world countries.
Erv

It can be ordered here along with hundreds of other drugs:  http://www.rx2world.com/default.asp

As I said before it really helped me a lot...

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« Reply #35 on: May 22, 2013, 10:08:19 PM »
http://www.rx2world.com/default.asp  I have ordered colchicine here. Good stuff. They have two generic versions. I recommend the colchicum from Turkey.

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« Reply #36 on: June 07, 2013, 11:22:52 PM »
SHTF Medical Tip of the Day: The Fascinating Healing Power of Honey (Natural Remedy Week)
 Honey is much more than a topping for biscuits, it is quite possibly the first medicine early man collected.
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« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2013, 06:09:14 AM »
Info from Member Natalie Wright:


Survival Friday: 21 Home Remedies for a Toothache

June 21, 2013  Gaye Levy

"Most of us have made some provision for first aid care in the event of a disaster or other emergency.  But how many of us have prepared for a dental emergency? Having an unexpected  toothache, abscess or gum problem is something that indeed happens from time to time.

The only time I have had a major toothache was when I was away from home and nowhere near a dentist.  Luckily, I had some clove oil in my first aid kit and that got me through until I returned home and had a root canal.  Still, it was hardly what I would call a fun experience and something I wish I could have avoided in the first place.

When a dental emergency occurs and it is in the middle of the night, you are away from home, or are in the middle of a SHTF situation, it is time to turn to some tried and and true home remedies to get you through.   These are old fashioned remedies that, when coupled with a practical application of essential oils, will mean the difference between suffering in pain or simply dealing with a mild annoyance.

So what are some of those home remedies?

This week I am sharing some 21 home remedies for a toothache that have been compiled by my colleague ‘Above Average’ Joe at SurvivalLife.com.  In addition, I am sharing a suggestion or two for dealing with a tooth that shatters, chips or breaks or at an inopportune time, namely when there is no dentist around to fix it."


21 HOME REMEDIES FOR A TOOTHACHE

You can’t schedule a toothache and it never fails that a major toothache hits when it’s late at night and your dentist’s office is closed, or you’re somewhere remote and getting to a dentist any time soon is just not an option.

Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of a toothache knows that it is not just your mouth that hurts.  A toothache can be felt in just about every part of your body.  I have had a few so bad that they made me sick to my stomach from the pain alone.

Although in most cases only a doctor can cure the source of the problem, this list of treatments & pain relief remedies should get you through until you can visit the dentist.

It is important to note: If you have a toothache, there is a reason for it and it’s best to have it taken care of by a professional as soon as possible, rather than having it treated at home in hopes that the underlying issue will go away on its own. If it’s infected (if your gum area is swollen), don’t delay in getting professional medical care.

Directions: Apply the below remedies directly to both the problem tooth and surrounding gums unless otherwise directed.

For items that direct you to chew, or for liquids that are to be swished around inside mouth, direct the liquid on and around the sore tooth as much as possible.

Do not swallow liquids. Rinse your mouth and spit them out when done.

1.  Salt Water: Mix a heaping tablespoon full of salt in a small glass of warm water; swirl around inside your mouth for as long as you can, spit out. Repeat as needed.

2.  Hydrogen Peroxide: Swoosh a bit of hydrogen peroxide. If the taste is too horrid for you, try diluting with a bit of water.

3.  Alcohol: Swoosh a bit of whiskey, scotch, brandy or vodka. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will do the trick too.

4.  Vanilla Extract: Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla and hold in place. Can also use a cotton swab dipped in extract.  Other extracts that have the same effect are:

Almond Extract
 Peppermint Extract
 Lemon Extract

5.  Tea Tree Oil: Just a drop or two will do the trick. You can also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place or add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of lukewarm to warm water and rinse your mouth with it.

6.  Oil Of Oregano: Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with mixture. Can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred.

7.  Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and hold it in place. Can also try regular household vinegar.

8.  Ginger Root: Take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it a bit.

9.  Garlic: Take a clove of garlic, smash it and apply (settle it inside cheek). You can also mash some garlic with salt.

10.  Peppermint Leaves: Chew on fresh peppermint leaves. You can also dried leaves, just hold them in place.

11.  Potato: Cut a fresh piece of potato (raw, skin off) and hold in place. Can also pound a piece of raw potato, mix in a bit of salt and use the mash.

12.  Lime: Cut a slice or wedge of lime and apply, bite into it if you can to release some of the juice.

13.  Onion: Slice a piece of fresh onion and hold it inside your mouth. The onion needs to be freshly cut (so it provides a bit of onion juice).

14.  Plantain: Chew up a fresh plantain leaf. If you’re too sore to chew, use the other side of your mouth. Once the leaf is macerated a bit apply it to the problem area and hold in place.

15.  Cucumber: Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece can be soothing.You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.

16.  Cayenne Pepper: Make a paste with cayenne pepper and water.

17.  Black Pepper: You can use this full strength or make a mix of pepper and salt.

18.  Baking Soda: Take a cotton swab and moisten it with a bit of water, dip it in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. You can also make a mouth rinse by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture in your mouth.

Clove oil

19.  Cloves: This is remedy from the old timers (my great grandparents), rest a clove against the sore area until pain goes away. You can also use a drop or two of clove oil (BE CAREFUL: too much can be toxic) or make a thick paste of ground cloves and water or ground cloves and olive oil.

20.  Tea: Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.

21.  Ice Pack: Cover an ice pack with a face cloth or towel then hold over your cheek where the problem is. This will help numb things. Make sure that you have some type of cloth between your skin and the ice, otherwise you can severely damage your skin.If that doesn’t work, try the opposite–a hot compress (making sure that it is not so hot as to scald your skin).

Tips

If the pain is unbearable and there’s no dentist available, call your local hospital’s emergency room–chances are they have a dentist on call that can treat you (for a fee of course).

Try gently brushing your teeth and flossing–this might bring some relief.

One old time remedy that you should not follow is to place an aspirin against the sore tooth.  You will have just as much if not more of an effect by swallowing the aspirin.  Aspirin is actually an acid (acetylsalicylic acid to be exact) and placing it directly against your gums or teeth will cause corrosion of your teeth and acid burns on your gums.

If the side of your face is in severe pain and it feels like you’re going to lose your mind (I’ve been there, done that)–it could be a sinus infection or an allergy that affects your sinuses rather than a problem tooth (even though it definitely feels like it).  Try taking a decongestant or if that is not available, a shower set on the hottest setting may help clear your sinus cavities. This might help relieve things until you get to a doctor. Chances are a prescription antibiotic is what you’ll need to clear up the sinus infection.

If it is a sinus infection please don’t wait to get it taken care of!  I have permanent damage to my left eardrum from a sinus infection that became so congested it literally burst my eardrum as a pressure relief valve.

Please be aware: These are notes I have collected in my personal life over the years, in my own research as well as tips gathered from my grandparents and great grandparents.

They are not by any means professional medical advice and a trained dentist should always be contacted as soon as possible.

About Joe

A little about me (‘Above Average’ Joe): I am just an average guy with a passion for learning. .I am excited to share the things I learn with you but I am most interested in learning from you. Survival Life is more than just one man. It is a growing and living community of individuals; all with the desire to be prepared to survive and thrive no matter what this world throws at us. I want to welcome you to the Survival Life community and look forward to growing with you! Thank you, Gaye, for inviting me to share the Survival Life with your readers!

MY TOOTH JUST BROKE -  NOW WHAT?

Stuff happens.  Sometimes a tooth will actually shatter or chip.  Sometimes a major piece of it will actually break off.  What then?

If you are not experiencing any pain, you can take an emery board (nail file) and gently smooth away the rough edges of the tooth. On the other hand, if you are experiencing pain or hot and cold sensitivity, try applying some of the home remedies above plus an application of Sensodyne toothpaste to the affected area.  That plus some Tylenol of Ibuprofen will get you by until you have an opportunity to see a dental professional.

THE FINAL WORD

In addition to these suggestions, I encourage you to pick a copy of “Where There Is No Dentist”.  This highly regarded book will teach you how to be your own dentist.  An electronic copy is available for $4 at the Hesperian website or you can pick up a print or Kindle copy on Amazon.

It also would not hurt to have a week’s supply of antibiotics on had.  Check with your doctor or dentist about an emergency prescription or pick up some fish antibiotics which are the same thing and can be used for extreme emergency purposes.  For more information on the use of antibiotics, read How to Stockpile Antibiotics for Long Term Survival.

Finally, remember that if you are in extreme pain and there is a doctor available, do not be shy.  Every doctor I know is willing to treat the pain and if applicable, an infection, until a dental professional is available.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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•The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival
•How to Stockpile Antibiotics for Long Term Survival
•40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World

Bargain Bin:  Today I am featuring an assortment of essential oils that are reasonably priced and available online with free shipping at Amazon.  I have used the NOW brand and am completely satisfied with the quality, and of course, the fact that they are affordable. I also have links to other items related to this article.

NOW Foods Tea Tree Oil:  With strong antiseptic and germicidal properties, the leaf of the tea tree had a long history of use by the indigenous peoples of Australia before tea tree was “discovered” by the crew of the famous English explorer James Cook. The aroma of the oil is warm, spicy, medicinal and volatile

NOW Foods Oregano Oil:  Oregano has a strong, herbaceous, green-camphoraceous, medicinal top note. The middle note is spicy, medicinal. The dry out is sweet-phenolic woody, bitter-sweet. Oregano essential oil is invigorating, purifying and uplifting.

NOW Foods Clove Oil:  Clove oil has a powerful, spicy-fruity, warm, sweet aroma. It is extremely effective for mitigating tooth and gum pain.

NOW Foods Orange Oil: More sweet orange oil is produced than any other citrus oil.  It has a lively, fruity, sweet aroma and is refreshing and uplifting.

NOW Foods Lavender Oil:  Lavender oil is my personal favorite.  It can be used in salves and skin lotions  or directly on the skin, right out of the bottle. It has a sweet, balsamic, floral aroma which combines well with many oils including citrus, clove, patchouli, rosemary, clary sage and pine. Its benefits include balancing, soothing, normalizing, calming, relaxing, and healing.

NOW Foods Peppermint Oil:  Peppermint has a powerful, sweet, menthol aroma that works beautifully in DIY cleaners.

Now Foods Rosemary Oil:  Rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance. The plant produces an almost colorless essential oil with a strong, fresh, camphor aroma. It’s used in  household sprays and  disinfectants.

Where There Is No Dentist:  Community health workers, educators and individuals from around the world use this book to help people care for their teeth and gums.  The author uses straightforward language and careful instructions to explain how to: examine patients; diagnose common dental problems; make and use dental equipment; use local anesthetics; place fillings; and remove teeth.

Dent’s Toothache Gum:  This is not a chewing gum but more of a filler for a cracked tooth or missing filling.  Cheap, too.

Sensodyne:  This stuff really works to relieve tooth sensitivity




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« Reply #38 on: June 22, 2013, 10:43:08 AM »
I have stopped toothache several times with a small slice of garlic wrapped in light cloth and left overnight between gum and cheek.

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« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2013, 03:31:40 PM »
I have stopped toothache several times with a small slice of garlic wrapped in light cloth and left overnight between gum and cheek.

That's a great thing to know. Thanks, Jim.

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« Reply #40 on: August 12, 2013, 06:36:21 AM »
http://www.shtfpreparedness.com/how-to-make-your-own-first-aid-antiseptic-ointment/

How To Make Your Own First Aid Antiseptic Ointment

By shtfprepardness on August 11, 2013

For treating minor cuts, scraps, abrasions and whatnot, a lot of people like to use Neosporin or other antiseptic ointments, but did you know that instead of wasting $5 to $10 on ointment, you can make your own DIY antiseptic ointment.
This homemade antiseptic ointment is packed with germ-killing properties that will help treat those everyday minor cuts, scraps, and abrasions you might have, and best of all, it’s really easy to make. See how to make this below

For treating minor cuts, scraps, abrasions and whatnot, a lot of people like to use Neosporin or other antiseptic ointments, but did you know that instead of wasting $5 to $10 on ointment, you can make your own DIY antiseptic ointment. This homemade antiseptic ointment is packed with germ-killing properties that will help treat those everyday minor cuts, scraps, and abrasions you might have, and best of all, it’s really easy to make.

Here’s all you need:
   1 1/2 ounces beeswax, grated
   1 cup olive, almond, or coconut oil
   1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
   1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil
   20 drops lavender essential oil
   10 drops lemon essential oil

Ointment Recipe Directions:
1. In a small pot, and melt the oils (except the lavender and lemon essential oils) and beeswax using low heat (very low heat).
2. Remove pot from the heat and add Vitamin E oil, lemon, and lavender essential oil. Stir with a chopstick or a small wooden spoon.
3. Pour the mixture into a small sterilized jar(s) (or a mason jar). Then let stand and cool on the counter.
4. Store it in a dark cool place. When needed, use as needed on the wound(s). It should keep for roughly 5 years.
The antiseptic properties include:
   Tea tree oil: antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial
   Lavender: analgesic (pain relief), antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial
   Lemon: antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial

*For those who don’t like the smell of lavender, you can substitute chamomile essential oils for lavender and fir essential oils for lemon.
**Note: you can buy all of these items at your local health food store**

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« Reply #41 on: August 12, 2013, 10:22:20 AM »
http://knowledgeweighsnothing.com/asthma-attack-without-an-inhaler-9-steps-that-could-save-your-life/

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Asthma Attack Without an Inhaler: 9 Steps That Could Save Your Life

Coffee and tea contain a chemical similar to the old asthma medicine theophylline. The amount may be too small to do much prevention, but they could be worth a try. (See step 7.)

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

I’ve never had a patient die of an asthma attack while I’m treating them, but a few have come close. I’ll never forget their desperate looks, their not being able to breath in enough air, and the relief that comes over them (and me) get when the attack is over.

Although asthma is a serious disease (over 3,000 asthmatics die in the U.S. each year), I see fewer and fewer people having severe attacks these days because of the array of excellent medications available. But what would you do if you had an asthma attack without an inhaler? What steps could you take to prevent or treat one when all the prescription medicines were gone?

Sonya asked it another way on my Facebook page: “Are there any natural cures for asthma flair-ups?”

The short answer is there’s nothing natural that works as well as prescription medicines for asthma. Over-the-counter Primatene Mist used to be a sort-of alternative—fraught with side effects—but it’s off the market.

Even so, there are a few things that may help. Here are nine suggestions for how to prevent or treat an asthma attack without an inhaler. You need to start preparing now.

1. Know what triggers your attacks.
•Smoking is a given. You must stop, and avoid secondhand smoke if at all possible.
•Allergies are another big trigger. Find what you’re allergic to and avoid it. Allergy medicines may help prevent an attack. One that’s often overlooked but effective is the over-the-counter nasal inhaler chromolyn sodium (NasalCrom). Oral antihistamines can also help, but they can dry up the mucus-membrane lining of your lungs too much and make some people’s asthma worse. As always, check with your doctor.
•Exercise is a common trigger. Warming up slowly may help.
•Emotional stress can be a trigger. Learn relaxation techniques.

2. Learn breathing techniques. There’s promising evidence from some small studies that proper-breathing exercises may help prevent attacks. These techniques take days to weeks to learn properly. Check with your doctor for guidance. The three generally recommended are:
•Buteyko technique
•Papworth method
•Pranayama yoga breathing

3. Maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly. Both have been shown to help prevent attacks.

4. Eat fruits and vegetables for antioxidants that can boast your immunity, and fish or fish oil for its anti-inflammatory effect.

5. Drink plenty of water to keep the lining of your lungs hydrated.

6. Cover your nose and mouth around smoke and other air irritants, and in cold weather.

7. Consider drinking coffee or tea. Both contain a chemical similar to the old asthma medicine theophylline. (These days, there’s usually better medicine with fewer side effects, but theophylline worked.) Many doctors deduce, however, that the amounts in these drinks are too small to do much good, but seems to me they’re worth a try. Don’t go overboard. You’re probably drinking a cup or two a day already, and that’s plenty.

8. Store the over-the-counter oral decongestant pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). It may help during an attack. Be sure to know its potential side effects, such as increasing your heart rate and blood pressure, and causing urinary problems in anyone with an enlarged prostate.

9. Here’s a must. Keep epinephrine, like an Epipen, on hand. Sure it works for allergic reactions, but it works for asthma attacks without an inhaler too. Of course, get to a medical facility, but if that’s not possible, have epinephrine around for emergencies. If all else fails, it could be a lifesaver.

Please, ask your doctor before trying any of these things. Never use these as an alternative to prescription medicines. Don’t risk your life.

If you’ve tried the breathing exercises, I’d love to know how they’ve worked for you—that and any further suggestions to deal with an asthma attack without an inhaler that I’ve left off.

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« Reply #42 on: October 09, 2013, 02:45:20 PM »
This may not be the best place to post this, but it is useful info. A lot of info on tetanus.
Not sure if people can purchase tetanus shot supplies to administer it themselves...
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http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2013/10/09/tetanus-shot/  The Survival Doctor  Tetanus

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How Dangerous Is Tetanus Really? 10 FAQs

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.
Q: What does a tetanus shot do?
A: A tetanus shot, tetanus vaccine, lockjaw shot, or whatever you call it does one thing. It keeps you from getting the tetanus infection. That’s it. It does not keep the wound from getting infected by any other much more common bacteria or anything else.
Q: What is tetanus?
A: Tetanus is a disease caused by a bacterium called clostridium tetani, which is found in dirt and manure. The bacteria gets into your body via a wound and produces a toxin that causes all the symptoms, such as fever and muscle spasms. The spasms can be severe enough to break bones and cause trouble breathing or swallowing. This trouble with the throat and mouth gives tetanus its nickname, lockjaw.
Q: Is tetanus deadly?
A: The disease is severe but not always fatal. In fact, even untreated, about 60 or 70 percent of people who get it recover, but it can take months. With modern treatment in a hospital intensive care unit, the mortality rate drops to about 10 percent. Still, that’s pretty significant, I’d say.
Q: How common is tetanus?
A: In the United States there are now only about 30 documented cases of tetanus each year, but worldwide there are about 10,000. The difference seems to be proper cleaning methods and the use of the vaccine.
Q: What are some additional ways to prevent tetanus?
A: Good cleaning of a wound can decrease your chances of getting tetanus. Antibiotics can kill the bacteria but apparently not effectively or fast enough to keep it from producing the toxin.
Q: How does the tetanus shot work?
A: If the bacteria stay in your system—and it only takes a few to produce enough toxin—the only really effective way to treat tetanus disease is by preventing it from ever getting a good hold on you. That’s done by giving the tetanus shot. This vaccine prompts you to produce antibodies against the toxin. The vaccination consists of a base series of shots followed by a booster every five to 10 years.
Q: What if I get a wound but haven’t kept up with my tetanus boosters?
A: You may need a different type of shot called tetanus immune globulin. This shot contains ready-to-go antibodies (your body doesn’t have to produce them) to the toxin that are directly injected into your system. The problem is, these antibodies go away pretty fast, so to have antibodies on hand for future use, you’ll need the vaccine series and boosters as well.
Even if you’ve kept up with your boosters, you also may still need this tetanus immune globulin shot if the wound is particularly deep or dirty, or if it’s a puncture wound or crush injury.
Although some wounds are at higher risk, the fact is any wound or scratch can potentially result in tetanus. You can’t just rely on taking the immune globulin when you think you’re exposed. You need antibodies in your system all the time—by taking the immunization series and keeping up with the boosters. And a cut or puncture wound is a good reminder to make sure you’re up-to-date.
Q: How quickly does tetanus kick in?
A: After you’ve been infected with clostridium bacteria, tetanus symptoms typically start three to 21 days later. If you need a booster, you should get it as soon as you can after getting a wound, but if it’s a problem to get it right away, most would say try to get it within three days of your injury.
Q: Does the tetanus shot have any side effects?
A: As with any medicine or vaccine there is the potential for side effects, but severe ones are rare. What’s not rare is a sore arm the day after the shot. Sometimes there is a little fever. That should go away in a few days. Meantime, you can consider taking some ibuprofen or acetaminophen if you think you need it.
Q: I’d never take a vaccine! Will the doctor try to force me to?
A: For those of you who are anti-vaccine, even tetanus shots, please don’t let that delay you from seeking other treatments, such as stitches, for the wound. No doctor or medical facility can force you into any treatment you don’t want. They may ask you to sign a paper for liability reasons, but if you’d rather take the risk of getting the disease, that’s your option.
What about you? What has been your experience with tetanus shots?
 
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Re: Survivalists' ideas on Medical and Health ideas
« Reply #43 on: October 10, 2013, 08:00:41 AM »
Yowbarb Note:
Some people feel no petroleum-based product should be used on humans or animals. Also: There is a caution, posted under #12 in the article. "According to WebMD, there have been a few complications in children when Vicks is used inappropriately. A few children reacted negatively and ended up hospitalized when Vicks was applied directly under the nose. Though this is extremely rare and only happens to those who are sensitive to Vicks, consumers should use caution when applying it to the face or on young children."

Yowbarb Note, continued: I say just don't put it under a small child's nostril or on his face. Use caution. IMHO feel the benefits probably outweigh the risks. It loosens congestion, which can be a real life-saver and help the body's immune response to (not) escalate into asthma etc. It helps block allergens and foreign substances if a bit is places on the nostrils. for me it has an immediate relaxing effect on the lungs, when it feels like I may be going into a copd. I didn't use in in earlier years, for regular use but I have used it in past few few and I have not had to go to the ER. It's helped me a lot.
It's up to you. Something to think about when meds will be in scarce supply and you need to help someone in your survival group. Even people in normal health occasionally have a bad cold or whooping cough, which can be scary and it helps to soothe it with the Vicks. I get the generic form, too.
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This is from reThinkSurvival:  "Just a few of these uses alone are worth having Vicks Vaporub take up a little bit of shelf space in my medicine cabinet. The personal uses alone are fantastic, but imagine what it would be worth in a barter economy to someone with a sick family member."

"Can you think of any other uses that may have been missed?"
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12 Surprising Reasons To Keep Vicks VapoRub In Your Cache (link) -

http://rethinksurvival.com/posts/12-surprising-reasons-to-keep-vicks-vaporub-in-your-cache-link/


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Re: Survivalists' ideas on Medical and Health ideas
« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2013, 04:06:38 PM »
I am the oldest of nine children, and all of us grew up with vicks being used for colds, sore throats, etc.  And I used it on my own three children and they used it on all their children and none of us ever had a reaction.  It is a lifesaver.  We also used it in humidifiers in the child's sickroom at night.  Works great and is very soothing.

 

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