Mayo Clinic Guide to Self-Care


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Comprehensive Diagnosis and treatment of complex medical problems are hallmarks of Mayo Clinic, and have been for more than 100 years.sNow the world-renowned expertise of Mayo Clinic is available to you in this easy-to-understand, authoritative guide featuring instant access to the facts you need -- including practical information on more than 150 of today's most common health problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893005303
  • Publisher: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Urgent Care 1
CPR for Infants 3
Choking 4
The Heimlich Maneuver 4
Heart Attack 5
Stroke (Brain Attack) 7
Some Risk Factors 8
Poisoning Emergencies 9
Severe Bleeding 10
Detecting Internal Bleeding 10
Shock 11
Anaphylaxis Can Be Life-Threatening 11
Allergic Reactions 12
Food Allergies 12
Drug Allergies 13
Bites 14
Animal Bites 14
The Risk of Rabies 14
Human Bites 14
Snake Bites 15
Insect Bites and Stings 15
Spider Bites 16
Tick Bites 16
Burns 17
Chemical Burns 18
Sunburn 19
Electrical Burns 19
Cold Weather Problems 20
Frostbite 20
How to Prevent Cold Weather Injuries 21
Hypothermia 21
Cuts, Scrapes and Wounds 22
Simple Wounds 22
A Shot in the Arm: Tetanus Vaccine 23
Puncture Wounds 23
What About Scarring? 23
Eye Injuries 24
Corneal Abrasion (Scratch) 24
Chemical Splash 24
Foreign Object in the Eye 25
Common Sense Can Save Your Sight 25
Food-Borne Illness 26
Handling Food Safely 26
Troublesome Bacteria 27
Heat-Related Problems 28
Tips to Beat the Heat 28
Poisonous Plants 29
Tooth Problems 30
Toothache 30
Tooth Loss 30
Trauma 31
Dislocations 31
Fractures 31
Sprains 32
Head Injuries 32
General Symptoms 33
Dizziness and Fainting 34
How Your Body Maintains Balance 35
Fatigue 36
What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? 37
Fever 38
Taking Temperatures 39
Pain 40
Common Forms of Chronic Pain 41
Stimulating Your Natural Pain Killers 42
Using Pain-Relieving Medications 43
Chronic Pain Treatment Programs 43
Sleep Disorders 44
Insomnia 44
Should You Nap, or Not? 45
Other Sleep Disorders 45
Sweating and Body Odor 46
Unexpected Weight Changes 47
Weight Gain 47
Weight Loss 47
Eating Disorders 48
Common Problems 49
Back and Neck 50
Common Back and Neck Problems 51
Other Common Back Problems 53
Back Injuries in the Workplace 53
Preventing Backaches and Neck Pains 54
Lifting Properly 54
Proper Sleeping Positions 54
Your Daily Back Routine 55
Digestive System 56
Abdominal Pain 56
What Is Appendicitis? 56
Colic 57
Constipation 58
Excessive Use of Laxatives 58
Diarrhea 59
Excessive Gas and Gas Pains 60
Gallstones 61
Gastritis (Burning or Sour Stomach) 61
Hemorrhoids and Rectal Bleeding 62
Hernias 63
Indigestion and Heartburn 64
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 65
Nausea and Vomiting 66
Ulcers 67
Treatment for Peptic Ulcers 67
Ears and Hearing 68
Airplane Ear 68
Foreign Objects in the Ear 69
Ruptured Eardrum 69
Ear Infections 70
The Pros and Cons of Ear Tubes 70
Ear Infections in Kids 71
Ringing in Your Ear 72
Swimmer's Ear 72
Wax Blockage 73
Noise-Related Hearing Loss 74
Maximal Job Noise Exposure 74
Sound Levels of Common Noises 74
Age-Related Hearing Loss 75
Sound Advice on Hearing Aids 75
Eyes and Vision 76
Black Eye 76
Taking Care of Your Eyes 76
Dry Eyes 77
Excessive Watering 77
Floaters (Specks in the Eye) 77
Pinkeye 78
Sensitivity to Glare 79
Other Eye Problems 79
Common Eye Diseases 80
Transportation Advice 80
Problems Related to Glasses 81
Contact Lenses Versus Glasses 81
Headache 82
Headache Theory 82
Avoiding Headache Triggers 84
The Caffeine-Headache Link 84
Limbs, Muscles, Bones and Joints 85
Growing Pains Are Real 86
Muscle Strains 87
P.R.I.C.E. for Injury 87
Sprains: Damage to Your Ligaments 88
Preventing Sports Injuries 88
Broken Bones (Fractures) 89
Bursitis 90
Tendinitis 90
Fibromyalgia 91
Gout 92
Shoulder Pain 92
Elbow and Forearm Pain 93
Wrist, Hand and Finger Pain 95
Hip Pain 97
Leg Pain 98
Knee Pain 100
Knee Supports and Braces 101
Ankle and Foot Pain 102
Tips for Proper Shoe Fit 104
Lungs, Chest and Breathing 107
Coughing: A Natural Reflex 107
The Cough 107
Home Humidifiers 108
Bronchitis 109
Croup 109
Wheezing 110
Shortness of Breath 110
Exercise to Improve Breathing 110
Chest Pain 111
Palpitations 111
Nose and Sinuses 112
Foreign Objects in the Nose 112
Loss of Sense of Smell 112
Nosebleeds 113
Stuffy Nose 114
Beware of Nose Drop Addiction 114
Runny Nose 115
Aaachoo! Is It a Cold or the Flu? 115
Sinusitis 116
Skin, Hair and Nails 117
Proper Skin Care 117
Acne 118
Boils 119
Cellulitis 119
Corns and Calluses 120
Dandruff 120
Dryness 121
Eczema (Dermatitis) 121
Fungal Infections 122
Hives 123
Impetigo 123
Itching and Rashes 124
Baby Rashes 124
Common Childhood Rashes 125
Lice 126
Scabies 126
Psoriasis 127
Moles 127
Shingles 128
Pain After Shingles 128
Signs of Skin Cancer 129
Warts 130
Wrinkled Skin 130
Hair Loss 131
Nail Fungal Infections 132
Ingrown Toenails 132
Throat and Mouth 133
Sore Throat 133
Mononucleosis: A Tiresome Illness 133
Lump in Your Throat 135
Bad Breath 135
Hoarseness or Loss of Voice 136
Mouth Sores 137
Other Oral Infections and Disorders 139
Men's Health 140
Testicular Pain 140
Screening for Cancer of the Testicle 140
Enlarged Prostate 141
Screening for Prostate Cancer 141
Painful Urination 142
Impotence 142
Male Birth Control 143
Women's Health 144
Lump in Your Breast 144
Mammograms 145
Pain in Your Breast 146
Painful Menses 146
Irregular Periods 147
Bleeding Between Periods 147
Premenstrual Syndrome 147
Symptoms of PMS 147
Menopause 149
How to Prevent Osteoporosis 149
Urination Problems 150
Vaginal Discharge 150
Cancer Screening 151
The Reliability of Pap Tests 151
Other Common Medical Conditions 152
Contraception 153
Pregnancy 154
Home Pregnancy Tests 154
Problems During Pregnancy 155
Specific Conditions 157
Respiratory Allergies 158
Myths About Allergy 159
Arthritis 161
Exercise 161
Common Forms of Arthritis 162
Medications Control Discomfort 163
Other Methods to Relieve Pain 163
Joint Protection 164
Don't Be Duped by Unproven Cures 164
Asthma 165
A Life-Threatening Attack 165
Staying Active 166
Inhalers: Risks of Misuse 167
Cancer 168
Responding to the Cancer Diagnosis 168
Nutrition: A Big Plus 170
What About Pain? 170
Cancer in Children 171
Diabetes 172
Foot Care Reduces Risk 174
Heart Disease 175
Heart Attack: Reacting Promptly 175
What Is Your Risk of Heart Disease? 176
Lowering Your Risk of Heart Disease 177
Hepatitis C 178
Should You Be Tested? 178
High Blood Pressure 180
Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure) 180
Classifying Blood Pressure 181
Sexually Transmitted Diseases 182
Types of STDs 183
Mental Health 185
Addictive Behavior 186
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 186
Treating Alcoholism 187
Alcoholism Screening Test 187
Individualized Treatment 188
Coping With Teenage Drinking 188
Treatment for Hangover 189
Smoking and Tobacco Use 190
How to Stop Smoking 190
Nicotine Replacement Therapy 191
Coping With Nicotine Withdrawal 192
Teenage Smoking 193
The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke 193
Drug Dependency 194
Drug Use Among Teenagers 195
Compulsive Gambling 195
Signs of Uncontrolled Gambling 196
Anxiety and Panic Disorders 197
Depression and the Blues 198
Causes of Depression 199
Coping With Loss 199
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