to Quick Care's Self-Care Advisory Web Site!

This free web site is dedicated to educating the public about self treatment of common illnesses and injuries, with special attention to use of non-prescription medications and other products readily available to the consumer.

Choosing Yourself as a Health Care Provider

"Self-Care" is individuals making their own decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment of health problems, as well as preventive care. These days we know how important "choices" are in health care -- the right doctor, the right insurance plan, the right price. But for simple ailments, millions of Americans are choosing themselves as their own providers of health care. And why not? Recent studies have shown that on average, U.S. citizens encounter a medical problem that is treatable without involving a health professional every three days! As a nation, we're just as inclined to self-treat our children, too: parents keep an average of 5.5 non-prescription medications in the home for treatment of childhood illnesses (remember that commercial about Dr. Mom? It's true!).

Conditions Treatable Without a Doctor's Care or Prescription Continue to Grow

In the past 10 years, the U.S. has seen an explosion in over-the-counter (OTC) remedies (that is, medicines not requiring a doctor's prescription). Many medicines have recently moved from prescription to OTC, eliminating the need for doctor visits for dozens of low-risk medical conditions such as yeast infections, allergic rashes, allergies, heartburn, etc. Unfortunately, public knowledge regarding self-treatment of these and other minor conditions has lagged behind the flood of newly available medications.

Escaping the "Self-Care Information Void"

So, safe and effective treatments are available without a doctor visit, but when and exactly how do we use the medications? The Self-Care Advisory is the answer to this "information void."

How to Find the Information You Need

The information contained in Quick Care's Self-Care Advisory is authored by physicians and pharmacists, but designed for consumers. Each topic is organized into four components:

The Basics: This section describes the "nuts and bolts" of the illness or condition, how and why it occurs, basic anatomy and physiology, and of course how to identify whether or not one has the ailment.

Prevention: If the adverse health condition can be avoided, this section outlines the necessary steps.

Treatment at Home: Here the array of OTC medicine choices is reviewed, as well as advice on non-medical treatment methods. Surprisingly, not all medications on drug store shelves have been proven safe and effective to the satisfaction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; the Self-Care Advisory explains how the effective medications work and when to use them.

When to Seek Professional Care: For most of the topics discussed in Quick Care's Self-Care Advisory, home treatment and time alone resolve the ailment. But occasionally, simple conditions progress to complicated ones despite treatment. It's important to know when to see a doctor or other health professional, and you'll find the guidelines in this last section of each topic.

Quick Care's Self-Care Advisory Medication Review Process

The purpose of Quick Care's Self-Care Advisory is to educate the public about minor ailments and products available for self treatment. Readers must understand what the products are used for and when they should be used. But they also must be confident that the treatment has been shown to work as intended, and is considered safe.

Our Medication Recommendations are "Category I"

Surprisingly, some non-prescription medications available on store shelves have never been proven to be safe and effective (at least not to the U.S. Food and Drug administration satisfaction). Those active ingredients with demonstrated safety and effectiveness for their intended use are referred to by the FDA as "Category I." Quick Care begins its medication review process by ensuring that all recommended treatments and product examples shown are "Category I."

Another consideration is availability. The Self-Care Advisory allows only major brand items as product examples. These manufacturer's medications are readily available, use exclusively Category I ingredients, and have the additional benefit of being the most recognizable names as well. In all instances, OTC medications will also be listed by generic name and amount for purposes of consumer choice.

Get Started!

Here are the topics covered in the Quick Care Self-Care Advisory. There are five main subject areas. Simply click on the topic you'd like to study. Check back often! Quick Care constantly updates existing topics, and will be adding new topics frequently.


Colds & Flu


Asthma & Wheezing

Ear Care


Allergen Avoidance


Heartburn & Indigestion


Traveller's Diarrhea


Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Diet For Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Nausea & Vomiting

Clear Liquid Diet




Back Pain


Natural Remedies For Gout




Menstrual Disorders


Poison Ivy, Poison Oak

Diaper Rash

Minor Burns


Scabies & Lice

Rashes & Skin Allergies

Bites & Stings

Dry Skin & Skin Care

Warts & Corns

Fungus Infection

Nail Fungus

Symptoms Treatments for Rosacea

Most Effective Hair Loss Product

Hair Regrowth

Cure For Hives



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