ABCD – First Aid: Injuries, Poisoning

Headaches After An Accident – Causes and Symptoms

Headaches are one of the most common complaints among adults and the cause is not always clearly identifiable. When headaches arise after an accident, be it an injury sustained during a car crash or from a fall, it has to be assessed more closely. Sometimes a person who always suffered with headaches finds that it worsens >> Read More ...

How To Treat Insect Bites And Stings

Insect bites and stings are undoubtedly going to occur many times in the course of human life. For some people living in more rural areas, insect bites and stings may be an almost daily occurrence and can be serious. However, in the more developed areas these bites and stings are usually harmless as the more venomous >> Read More ...

Do’s and Don’ts For Injuries From A Fall

We all fall at some time or the other. For children it is a common occurrence but in most cases the consequences are not severe. Not only do children have more flexible bones that can withstand the impact, they also tend to recover faster. However, a fall can be much more serious for adults, especially as they get older. >> Read More ...

Effects Of Different Blood Alcohol Levels On The Body

Alcohol consumption has a direct effect on the body which is often harmful or at least not helpful to efficient functioning. The presence of alcohol and its byproducts affects different organs and tissues in the body in different ways. Collectively we refer to these effects as alcohol intoxication. It is therefore >> Read More ...

6 Health Risks and Dangers of Hot Baths

A hot bath may be relaxing at the end of a long day. But depending on the temperature of your bath water and duration of bathing, it can hold several health risks. The bathroom is known for being dangerous mainly because of wet floors being slippery and often resulting in falls. For the elderly, the bathroom is one of the >> Read More ...

Botulism (Botulinum Toxin Poisoning)

What is botulism? Botulism is a medical condition caused by nerve toxins (neurotoxins) produced by a specific type of bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. This neurotoxin blocks nerve impulses thereby leading to muscle weakness and paralysis. It is potentially fatal as it can lead to respiratory arrest. Botulism is >> Read More ...

Foreign Body Aspiration (Object Blocking the Airways)

What is foreign body aspiration? Foreign body aspiration is a medical emergency that arises when an object enters the airways. Depending on the size of the object, either a solid or semi-solid, it may obstruct the airways. A significant or complete obstruction can be life-threatening within minutes. Smaller objects may >> Read More ...

Toluene Inhalation, Toxicity and “Glue Sniffing” Addiction

What is toluene? Toluene (methyl benzene) is a chemical that is widely used in various substances within the home such as glue, paint and paint removers, and polish. It is also widely used for various industrial purposes. Toluene is volatile meaning that it disperses into the air and can thereby be inhaled. In high doses, >> Read More ...

Cold Injury (Freezing and Non-Freezing Damage)

What is a cold injury? A cold injury is any disruption of internal processes, damage or death to tissue and associated complications that results from exposure to cold. This includes cold weather, cold water, snow, ice and liquid gas. Although the body has various means to tolerate and cope with cold, minimize damage and >> Read More ...
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