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When you begin to feel a sickness coming on, going to urgent care or walk-in clinic may not be the first thing that comes to mind. With the way that the weather is always changing in the Midwest, and how quickly common colds and other ailments spread, it makes sense to first try some easily accessible home remedies before seeking medical attention. However, it is still extremely important to be aware that some common illness require immediate medical attention to prevent the condition from worsening. To help determine when and what kind of home remedies are safe to use and when you should seek medical attention, we’ve compiled a reference list of common illnesses and helpful home remedies. We’ve also included instances when you should no longer try home remedies and seek immediate care. We offer seven convenient locations in Blue Island, Willowbrook, Bourbonnais & Mount Greenwood, Chicago, Illinois and Hammond, Munster, Schererville & Crown Point, Indiana.


Cold, Cough, & Sore Throat

with with a cough

In many cases, your common cold, coughs, and sore throats are easily remedied from the comfort of your own home. If you’re experiencing any of these, try some of the following home remedies to see if they can solve the problem:

  • Sore Throat – To soothe a sore throat at home, try gargling twice a day with a mixture of six pressed garlic cloves in a glass of warm water for three days. Garlic possesses antimicrobial properties and can assist in fighting the bacteria causing a sore throat. Sore throats are one of the more common ailments, and they often don’t require medical attention. If you do happen to experience throat swelling, trouble breathing, or if swallowing becomes especially hard it may be time to seek medical care as soon as possible.
  • Cough – When faced with a bothersome cough, try taking two teaspoons of honey before bedtime and increasing your vitamin C intake. Honey acts as a great cough suppressant and vitamin C helps to boost your immune system. If a cough has been going on for more than a week, you are coughing yellow or green mucus, or you also develop fever alongside the cough, it may be in your best interest to seek immediate care.
  • Cold – If you feel a cold coming on, drinking a tea-like mixture of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey three times daily can help. Similar to the symptoms of a cough, if you’re experiencing a fever or your symptoms have been around for more than a week, seeking immediate care is the best way to combat the sickness.


Headaches and Migraines

Woman with a headache

Headaches can often be the result of a stressful day or a side effect of some other sickness. One way to ease a headache is by taking magnesium to reduce muscle tension. The magnesium, paired with an over-the-counter pain reliever, should be enough to quell your standard headache.

If you experience more frequent headaches or migraines, this may be due to another factor and it is imperative that you seek immediate care to find the cause and properly treat the problem.



Woman with fever

Fevers often accompany many other sicknesses, like colds and coughs. Taking a lukewarm bath and consuming linden flower tea are good ways to begin to cool down your body temperature and reduce your fever.

Fevers can be life-threatening if they get too high — if the fever persists or goes above 102 degrees, you should seek immediate care.



Rashes and Itching

dealing with a rash or bite

Sometimes after a camping trip or a day outdoors you may be confronted with an unpleasant itch or rash. There are many different causes of rashes and itching, so figuring out the cause of your particular problem from home may be difficult.

To soothe the itch, refrain from scratching, use a cold compress on the area, use non-prescription lotion to keep the area moisturized, and wear loose-fitting clothes. If the itching or rash persists, the problem may be deeper than it appears and seeking immediate care is advisable.



Burns on woman's hand

Simple burns can often occur when cooking or other activities that require dealing with hot surfaces. If it is an isolated burn, try soothing the area with aloe vera gel to protect it from further irritation.

If your burn is more severe or covers a large portion of your body, seeking medical attention immediately is the best way to ensure that you avoid infection and keep your skin from becoming too damaged.

It’s Not an Emergency, but It’s Urgent

Home remedies are a good way to help heal or stop common illnesses and can be very useful, however it is important to know when the problem has become too much to handle on your own. If you feel that you need immediate care and want to avoid long emergency room wait times, visit a Midwest Express Clinic in the Blue Island, IL, Willowbrook, IL, Bourbonnais, IL, Mount Greenwood, Chicago, IL, Hammond, IN, Munster, IN, Schererville, IN and Crown Point, IN areas. You can also check in online to get the care you need in a timely manner.