Below is listed common ailments and treatments that can be started by you at home. If you believe your condition is an emergency please call 911 or go to your nearest ER. If you have any question or concerns regarding your condition, treatment, and prevention please contact Luther Health Services (387-1045) and make an appointment at your soonest convenience.
Inflammation of the mucus membrane of the eye lid which is viral, bacterial,or allergic in origin and may occur as a one time infection or a chronic infection.
Contact of the eye with contaminated fingers, towels, handkerchiefs, etc...
Runs it course in 4-7 days without treatment.
Will clear with or without treatment
Remember: wash hands before and after treatment, change eye make up after infection clears, do not wear eye make up during the infection, do not wear contacts during infection, clean contact thoroughly or discard, do not share personal linens (towels, pillow cases, etc).
A short term infection of the eye lash hair follicle or sebaceous gland caused by Staphylococcus. It resembles a white head and may eventually rupture.
An infection, typically caused by bacteria, that begins in the urethra and bladder but has the ability to travel up to the kidneys.
Upper UTI (seek prompt medical attention)
Medication: antibiotics and pyridium, fluids and rest, proper perineal care and hygiene.
To prevent UTI’s follow these guidelines:
Inflammation of the stomach and intestinal tract lasting 24-36 hours cause by either bacteria or a virus.
You can catch viral gastroenteritis through close contact with an infected person and ingesting contaminated foods and drink. The symptoms begin 1-2 days after infection and can last 1 to 10 days depending on the virus. Bacterial gastroenteritis is spread through contaminated food and drink.
The frequent passage of unformed watery bowel movement. It can also be accompanied by:
Scrupulous hand washing after using the bathroom and before handling food should ALWAYS be practiced to prevent infection.
An acute viral infection of the respiratory tract with inflammation of
any or all airways, including the nose, sinuses and throat.
Spread by person-to-person contact through hands, coughing or sneezing (secretions in the air).
A pill that prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus and thus prevents pregnancy after initial birth control fails. This does not terminate an already established pregnancy, a pregnancy where the egg has already implanted. The pill must be taken within 5 days of unprotected intercourse or the treatment will not work. When taken appropriately Plan B decreases the chance of pregnancy by 89 percent.
Next period may be early or late by one week. If period is late by 3 weeks take a pregnancy test and make an appointment with your doctor. Ovulation is delayed in the next period putting you at higher risk for pregnancy so backup contraception should be used for the remainder of the treatment cycle.
An STI caused by an infectious bacteria which can be transferred from one person to another through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
80 percent of women who contract the bacteria have no symptoms. Symptoms, when they occur, appear 1-4 weeks after having sex. The most common symptoms are:
Chlamydia can be spread to the rectum and throat from an infected partner. You may have rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding in your throat or rectum.
**Risks: reproductive organ damage and sterility for both male and female.
** It is recommended that your partner come in for treatment so that the infection is not spread back and forth.
A parasitic infection of the skin of the scalp, trunk, or pubic areas. Spreads often through sexual contact. Can also spread through close personal contact on items of clothing.
Lindane Lotion (KWELL by prescription): A strong solution, avoid contact to eyes or other mucous membranes. Only apply to indicated areas.
1% Permethrin (NIX, O-T-C): alternative treatment, over-the-counter, more expensive.
Clothing and linens should be washed and dried at a high temperature. Re-treatment may be necessary if lice or eggs are found seven or more days following initial treatment.