Doctors' DIY secrets: Eat cereal to stop a headache, mend chipped teeth with chewing gum and beat colds with a hot bath

For most of us, treating minor health problems usually involves a trip to the local pharmacy or our GP. But what do medical specialists do when they succumb to ailments that fall within their particular range of expertise? To find out, we asked some leading health care professionals how they use their specialised training for a quick fix. Here, they pass on their inside knowledge.

COLD

Professor Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre, Cardiff University: 'As soon as I suspect I'm getting a cold - the first sign is usually a scratchy feeling at the back of the throat - I run as hot a bath as I can bear, and sit in it for at least 20 minutes.

'Very high temperatures can stop the cold virus in the nose from reproducing, killing the cold. Any hot, steamy environment will do; a sauna or steam room at your local gym or leisure centre is equally effective.'

SCIATICA

Robin Shepherd, acting chairman of the General Osteopathic Council: 'The other week I was moving some heavy crates around at home, when my muscles suddenly went into spasm and my back started to ache.

'To relieve the pain, I lay on my back with both knees bent and my feet on the floor, with a tennis ball under my back at the sorest point. I then pressed down hard on to the ball and rolled on this point - after about five minutes the muscles were relaxed again and the pain gone.'

usually a scratchy feeling at the back of the throat - I run as hot a bath as I can bear, and sit in it for at least 20 minutes.

'Very high temperatures can stop the cold virus in the nose from reproducing, killing the cold. Any hot, steamy environment will do; a sauna or steam room at your local gym or leisure centre is equally effective.'


Source - Daily Mail