ABCD – First Aid: Injuries, Poisoning

Lead Poisoning and Contamination, Sources, Symptoms, Treatment

Water contaminated with lead is not a new phenomenon. It has gained widespread attention in recent years due to various health scares often associated with water pollution by industries, aging water systems, lead-based paints, cosmetics and gasoline. Despite rigrous controls in the United States, lead exposure cannot be >> Read More ...

Frostbite (Freezing Injury) Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

What is frostbite? Frostbite is a injury caused to tissue by extreme cold. This type of cold injury causes the tissue to freeze which means that fluid within the tissue crystallizes. Frostbite is preceded by a milder reversible tissue injury known as frostnip. As this worsens, frostbite sets in. Depending on the severity, >> Read More ...

Blackouts (Fainting, Syncope) Causes and First Aid

Passing out is a common term that is used to describe altered states of consciousness like sleeping to fainting at the extreme. Generally blackouts are not serious for most people. Recovery is quick and it may not occur again. The cause is sometimes not easy to identify. At other times blackouts can occur with serious >> Read More ...

How to Prevent an Infection in a Cut on the Skin?

The basic methods of treating a cut or small wound is known to most adults. However, there are still many misconceptions and errors made during this process. Properly treating a cut can prevent an infection from setting in. Sometimes these infections can lead to complications which may be fatal if left untreated. However, >> Read More ...

Holiday Medical Hazards and Illnesses, Types and Causes

The holiday season may be a time of fun and festivity but there are several medical concerns for health authorities during this period. Some are obvious issues like injuries due to road traffic accidents but others may depend on factors that are not always under a person’s control. Understanding some of these medical >> Read More ...

Dehydration Causes, Signs, Symptoms, Death, Treatment

Dehydration is the leading cause of death among children across the globe. In fact it is the dehydration that occurs as a result of diarrhea that is the killer in high risk groups like infants and children. The focus is therefore more often on diarrhea than on dehydration. Most, if not all of these deaths are preventable >> Read More ...

Soft Tissue Injuries Types, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

We all get injured at some time the other. We tend to think that if there are no broken bones then an injury is not serious. However, some injuries may not lead to a broken bone but can still be severe and require medical attention. Some soft tissue injuries can be very severe like with a complete tear of a muscle, tendon >> Read More ...

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 ...
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