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Making the right choices with regard to available healthcare options is vital. This could be in the choice of doctors, the healthcare coverage that’s most appropriate for your needs and with regard to the cost of healthcare itself. In recent times more and more Americans are opting to choose themselves as their own preferred healthcare provider of choice, especially for minor ailments. “Self-care” is the word used to describe this trend.
Increasing Trend in Self Care Conditions

Over the past decade, there has been a noticeable boom in the availability of OTC medications in this country mostly due to the transfer of medications from “prescription only” category to OTC category. This has permitted Americans to self-treat several low-risk medical conditions like allergies (including allergic rashes), heartburn and Candida (yeast) infections. Self-care lessens the need for paying the doctor’s fees and eliminates the often high cost of prescriptions. Although self-care works in the context of low risk medical conditions, people’s knowledge of self-treatment hasn’t kept pace with the availability of these medicines in the marketplace.

Ensuring the availability of Self Care Information

With self-care one doesn’t need to visit the doctor for proper treatment of some of these medical conditions. But information pertaining to the precise use of these medications is unclear.

  • Although home health care books and brochures are abundantly available, the information contained in them is mostly redundant and has no relation to current trends. This could be attributed to the time lag in book publishing. However this advisory will provide you with the latest information and recommendations with state of the art updating.
  • The companies who make these OTC medicines do advertise their products in the media. However the consumer gets very little information relating to the cause of medical conditions and how best they could resolve their illness. But in this advisory you get all the information you need to know.
  • As physicians specialize in prescription medicines, it is possible that they may not be well conversant with OTC medications, although most often both OTC drugs and prescription drugs are equally effective. The primary thrust of this advisory will be on the use of OTC drugs in self-treatable medical conditions, and when it would be appropriate to see a physician and not rely on OTC drugs.
  •  A pharmacist is not trained to either diagnose or treat major or minor health conditions. But they are well trained on the availability and apt use of OTC medications. This advisory is a self-guide on the rudiments of self-care.
Here’s all the Information You Need

This advisory is designed to attract the average consumer. All the topics have been authored by pharmacists and physicians and the entire content is categorized into four sections.

  • Basics: This section details various disease parameters alongside concepts of anatomy and physiology. What causes diseases and how to find out in case someone has the medical condition is also explained.
  • How to prevent illnesses: Outlined in this section are possible steps to be taken for avoiding these illnesses.
  • Treatment paradigms: This section discusses different OTC medications. It details non-medical advice alongside. The efficacy and safety of some OTC medications has not been authenticated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Included is a discussion on when to use these medications and how effective they are likely to be.
  • When do you have to see a doctor or healthcare provider? This advisory is adequate to get relief from most common ailments listed in the topics category. But in spite of taking the best of medicines and having the best of care, simple ailments could at times become serious. Just as it is important to reckon with the knowledge provided in this advisory, it is equally important to know when to seek expert medical advice. In this section of our advisory, clear guidelines are laid out as to when to seek medical advice from your doctor or healthcare provider.
Review of Medications

The prime objective of this advisory is to educate the public on the fundamentals of self care. This advisory will have product reviews of different medications for several ailments coupled with medically accepted treatment paradigms explained in detail. Therefore, this advisory will help the reader understand the use of any of these medications and how exactly to use them in the context of self-care.

Only “Category 1” medications and treatments are listed in this advisory. As per FDA directives, these are usually ingredients or medications which have been established to be safe and effective.

This self care advisory also reckons with the availability of drugs ensuring that product examples will mostly focus on the major brands so as to make sure the efficacy of the medication as well as its availability. With a view to providing effective choices for self-care treatment, the generic drug names and amounts will also be listed in this advisory.

How to get started

Here’s a review of the format of this advisory. It will help you understand how to get started. On the left side of this advisory you will find write-ups on different topics. These are categorized into different subject areas. Click on the condition that interests you. You will get all the information to start self-care not just for you but for your entire family. New topics will be added to this advisory on a continuing basis and information pertaining to your needs will be constantly updated.

About the author - Dave Conway: You as Your Own Health Care Provider
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