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First Aid: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Spider Bite Pictures
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look.
What You Need to Know About Spider Bites
Pictures and descriptions of real spider bites, including black widow and brown recluse. Learn how to tell and what to do.
How to Treat and Stop Diarrhea
There are a few things you can do to help slow down diarrhea, or at least shorten the pain it can cause.
Why Do People Faint?
Fainting (syncope) is a sudden loss of consciousness from a lack of blood flow to the brain. Here are the reasons we pass out.
How to Treat a Smashed Finger
Nothing hurts like a smashed finger. Here are some steps you can take to relieve that wonderful throbbing sensation.
Bone Up on Broken Ribs With This Handy Guide
Learn how to recognize broken ribs, what to expect and when to seek help.
How to Stop a Nosebleed in 15 Minutes or Less
Leaning your head back with a bloody nose is a myth. Here's the right way to treat a nosebleed.
Little Spider Bite and Big Bruise
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 24.
Proper Adult CPR Technique in 6 Steps
There is no substitute for training, but here are the basic steps to do traditional adult CPR. There is an easier way. This page includes links to hands only CPR.
Spider Bite?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 23.
Infected "Spider Bite" After 4 Days
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 26.
How to Recognize and Treat Cold Sweats
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Infected Ulcer possibly from Spider Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 25.
Spider Bite with Fang Marks?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 50.
What Kind of Spider Made This Bite?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 33.
Spider Bite or Mosquito Bite?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 32.
Infected "Spider Bite" After 5 Days
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 27.
Spider Bite or Not?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 29.
Do All States Have "Good Samaritan" Laws?
Good Samaritan laws initially were intended to protect physicians and others with medical training. Over time, court decisions and legislative changes have helped some states' laws evolve to include untrained rescuers who render aid. There are several versions of good Samaritan laws.
Brown Spider Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 43.
Spider Bite, Hives or Shingles?
Some spider bite reactions are really allergies to the venom. Allergic reactions can evolve into serious anaphylaxis very quickly, so allergic reactions need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Page 13.
Is It a Spider Biting in the Night?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 34.
Spider Bite -- Two Years Later
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 28.
A Spider in the Night?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 48.
Poison Ivy or Spider Bite?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 30.
Classic Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on brown recluse spiders and other spider bites. Here is a true brown recluse spider bite. Page 12.
PHOTOS: 3 Ways to Tell You Have Shingles
Three things to help identify shingles outbreaks with pictures. It's important to recognize shingles as early as possible.
Spider Bite Blister Day 5
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 35.
Spider Bite Blister Day 18
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 37.
Doc Says Brown Recluse Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 49.
First Aid Quiz
Try your hand at this quiz on basic first aid topics.
Brazilian Wolf Spider
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 44.
Spider Bite Blister Day 9
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 36.
A Bite in Progress
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 31.
Brown Recluse?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 51.
Mysterious Blister on the Toe
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 38.
Spider Bite or Something Else?
Some spider bite reactions are really allergies to the venom. Allergic reactions can evolve into serious anaphylaxis very quickly, so allergic reactions need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Page 14.
Mysterious Blister Popped Against Doctor's Orders
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 39.
White-Tail Spider Bite?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 4.
Possible Brown Recluse Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 40.
Tick Bite or Spider Bite?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 9.
Is It Worse Today?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 10.
How to Treat Burns, Regardless of Severity
Follow these steps to treat a burn at home and learn whether to call 911 or treat the burn yourself.
Swollen Eye from Brown Spider Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 45.
Raised Rash: Hives or Shingles?
Some spider bite reactions are really allergies to the venom. Allergic reactions can evolve into serious anaphylaxis very quickly, so allergic reactions need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Page 16.
Chilean Recluse Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 42.
Chilean Recluse Spider Bite Blister
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 46.
Infected Mosquito Bites
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 21.
Blister Comes a Day Later
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 19.
Rash on Chest After Spider Bite on Back
Some spider bite reactions are really allergies to the venom. Allergic reactions can evolve into serious anaphylaxis very quickly, so allergic reactions need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Page 15.
Late Night and the Morning After
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 17.
It Could Be a Spider
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it'shard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 22.
Spider Bite Bullseye
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 7.
Chilean Recluse Spider Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 47.
Chigger Bites
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 20.
Did a Bug Sneak Into this Reader's Boot?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 41.
Spider Attacks from Mailbox
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 18.
Black Widow or Hobo Spider
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 5.
Reported Bilateral Brown Recluse Bites
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 8.
You Can't Tell if It Is a Brown Recluse, but...
Use these steps and pictures to rule out 99% of the spiders that aren't brown recluses.
How to Properly Treat Your Finger Cut
First aid for cut fingers or other minor wounds mean keeping the injury clean more than stopping bleeding. These simple injuries can be treated at home with little more than an adhesive bandage and some soap.
Chigger Bites After 2 Weeks
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 11.
Pain in the Neck
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 6.
Treat a Bee Sting in 6 Simple Steps
Bee sting allergies can be deadly. Whether allergic or not, here is the right way to treat a bee sting.
Why Is My Smoke Alarm or Carbon Monoxide Alarm...
The fire department comes along and installs a new smoke alarm in the hallway -- or maybe it's a carbon monoxide alarm. Either way, the thing starts chirping a few months later. What's up?
Emergency Care: The Cleaning and Dressing of...
Some open wounds will benefit from stitches while others may not. Learn the difference before you head to the emergency room.
Skin Boils: Learn the Facts on These Unsightly...
Skin boils look like really big pimples. I always think of a boil as boiling over. To me, it looks like a bubble floated to the surface of the skin and is trying to break away. Besides boils, these lesions are also known as carbuncles or furuncles.
Frostbite Pictures
Frostbite can look like anything from a rash to skin literally coming apart. These frostbite pictures provide a way to recognize frostbite and discover how benign or serious frostbite can be.
Rashes
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor.
Measuring a Spider Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 3.
Feeling Dizzy? Here's What Might Be Causing...
Vertigo is a sign that the brain or the ear is ill or injured. Learn about causes of vertigo that are potentially life-threatening, and some causes of vertigo that are not.
Dandruff
Head lice get a pretty bad rap around the schoolyard. It turns out that head lice is not as bad as you might think, and head lice certainly don't spread as easily as school officials may have you believe. Page 2.
Not All Spider Bites Come from Spiders
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 2.
Signs or Symptoms?
Go to any medical site on the internet to research any medical condition and you're likely to read a list of signs and symptoms for it. Most people understand the idea of indications and feelings that help identify medical problems, but do you know what the difference is between signs and symptoms?
Female Head Louse
Head lice get a pretty bad rap around the schoolyard. It turns out head lice not as bad as you might think, and head lice certainly don't spread as easily as school officials may have you believe. Page 3.
Birth of a Head Louse
Head lice get a pretty bad rap around the schoolyard. It turns out that head lice is not as bad as you might think, and head lice certainly don't spread as easily as school officials may have you believe. Page 5.
8 Steps to Treat Rat Bites
Rats and other rodents have a nasty bite that can lead to a serious infection. Care should always be taken to contain any rodent after a bite to determine if the animal has an infection.
Looking Into the Nit
Head lice get a pretty bad rap around the schoolyard. It turns out that head lice is not as bad as you might think, and head lice certainly don't spread as easily as school officials may have you believe. Page 4.
Should You Self-Treat a Skin Boil?
Boils look like really big pimples and are pus filled abscesses. They can be the size of a kernel of corn or grow bigger than a golf ball. Often, they are warmer than the skin around them. Boils form from infected skin: staphylococcus aureas, MRSA or group A streptococcus.
Understand the Common Causes of Shortness of...
To understand why we get short of breath from certain medical conditions, it's important to learn how all the body systems work together to make us breathe.
Shingles are Not Just on Your Roof
Shingles is an inflammation of nerves caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus responsible for chickenpox. Learn about shingles causes, symptoms and treatment.
Shingles
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 11.
How to Stop Bleeding with Direct Pressure
Most bleeding can be controlled before the ambulance gets there. Here are the steps to control bleeding.
Chickenpox on the Face
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 3.
Skin Boils
These skin boil pictures are here to illustrate the various ways skin infections can look. Look through these skin boil pictures and submit your own skin boil pictures for the gallery to help others understand.
Pityriasis Rosea Herald Patch
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 5.
How Long Do Tetanus Shots Last?
Tetanus shots are a necessary evil for our entire lives, but do you know how often you have to get one?
How to Differentiate Between Paramedics and EMTs
The media is sometimes confused by the difference between an emergency medical technician and a paramedic.
Helpful Tips for Treating Common Bug Bites
Bug bites and stings can be painful but are rarely fatal. Learn how to respond to bug bites and stings
Scabies Rash on a Hand
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 10.
Could You Have a MRSA Infection? Here's How to...
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacterial infection that is becoming more common. It's hard to treat because it is immune to many of the antibiotics used to treat garden variety staph infections.
Examining the Reasons Why We Toss Our Cookies
Several conditions cause nausea and vomiting. Look at these symptoms to help determine the causes of nausea.
Poison Ivy Blisters
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 6.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 4.
4 Steps to Determine a Pulse Rate
The pulse is the surge of blood that is pushed through the arteries when the heart beats, and is a vital sign that can tell a lot about a person's medical condition.
Canine Scabies
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 2.
Poison Oak Blisters
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 7.
Candidiasis
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor.
Reiter's Syndrome
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 8.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 9.
4 Steps to Treat Nausea
Anti-nausea treatment is not an exact science. Pregnancy, vertigo, motion sickness, digestive infections (such as food poisoning), reactions to medication and alcohol are probably the most common causes of nausea, but there are many others.
Frostbite from an Ice Pack
Frostbite can look like anything from a rash to skin literally coming apart. These frostbite pictures provide a way to recognize frostbite and discover how benign or serious frostbite can be. Page 9.
Can Cellulitis be from a Spider Bite?
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 56.
Black Frostbite on Fingertips
Frostbite can look like anything from a rash to skin literally coming apart. These frostbite pictures provide a way to recognize frostbite and discover how benign or serious frostbite can be. Page 8.
Louse on a Cotton Swab
Head lice get a pretty bad rap around the schoolyard. It turns out head lice not as bad as you might think, and head lice certainly don't spread as easily as school officials may have you believe. Page 6.
14 Causes of Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can have many causes, and some can be life-threatening. Learn the many causes of abdominal pain.
Thirsty? 16 Causes and Symptoms of Dehydration
Recognizing dehydration symptoms is vital to get victims of dehydration the help they need quickly.
How Much Are You Protected by Good Samaritan...
Good Samaritan laws protect the general public from undue liability during good faith rescue/first aid attempts. Also: Tips for staying out of court.
Rat Poison First Aid
Most rat poisons use blood thinners to cause internal bleeding in rats, mice, and other rodents. Touching rat poison is safe, but ingesting it can lead to bleeding. Learn symptoms and first aid for rat poison.
The 13 Signs and Symptoms of Fainting
Fainting (syncope) is a sudden loss of consciousness from a lack of blood flow to the brain. Victims usually wake up quickly after collapsing. Although fainting is defined as a sudden loss of consciousness, the moments leading up to actually passing out will probably show several signs and symptoms that the victim is about to faint.
Infected Chigger Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look.
The ABCs of First Aid Everyone Should Know About
There is no substitute for hands-on first aid training. But just in case you are challenged with someone in need and haven't had CPR or first aid classes, follow these basic steps.
How to Tell You've Been Bitten by the Dreaded...
Learn to recognize and treat brown recluse bites.
What's the Difference Between a Fracture and a...
One of the most common questions I hear about broken bones is whether it's a fracture or a break. The difference between the two might surprise you.
8 First Aid Tips You'll Actually Use
First aid tips -- especially when shared by paramedics -- focus on emergency situations and procedures. The best first aid tips are the skills we do for mundane injuries.
A Red Neck
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 12.
5 Steps to Do CPR on a Child
There is no substitute for proper CPR training. However, emergencies wait for no one. Use these steps to provide CPR to children 1 to 8 years old.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Heart attack symptoms often follow a common pattern, but trust your gut. If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, typical or not, it is important that you call 911 immediately.
What to Know Before You Call 911 on a Cell Phone
Calling 911 on a cell phone means the officials who answer might not know where to find you. Here you'll learn important steps to make sure you get the help you need before it's too late.
No Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan laws are meant to protect lay people who, for no reason other than kindness, come to the aid of fellow human beings in need. The placement of California's Good Samaritan statute has all but rendered it useless for the very population it should protect, thanks to an appellate court ruling.
Cuts in the Kitchen
Cutting yourself with a knife in the kitchen during food prep is the best and worst place to get a cut. Lots of bacteria, but soap and water nearby.
Burn Pictures
Burn pictures to help identify burn severity. Includes examples of first degree burns, second degree burns and third degree burns. Burn pictures are from official sources as well as burn pictures submitted by readers.
What Are the 3 Types of Burns?
Determining the severity of a burn includes establishing how deep the damage goes into or through the skin. Burn thickness in most burn units is classified by degree -- the higher the number, the worse the burn.
Black Widow Finger Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 55.
Frostbite on Toes
Frostbite can look like anything from a rash to skin literally coming apart. These frostbite pictures provide a way to recognize frostbite and discover how benign or serious frostbite can be. Page 7.
Everything You Need to Know About Diarrhea
Diarrhea is loose, watery stools occurring more than three times in one day. It usually goes away on its own without any special treatment. However, prolonged diarrhea can be a sign of other problems.
5 Steps to Do Infant CPR
There is no substitute for proper training. However, emergencies wait for no one. Use these steps to provide CPR to babies under 1 year old.
Why did CPR change from A-B-C to C-A-B?
The 2010 CPR Guidelines rearranged the order of CPR steps. Now, instead of A-B-C, which stands for airway and breathing first followed by chest compressions, the American Heart Association wants rescuers to practice C-A-B: chest compressions first, then airway and breathing. Some have asked, why did CPR change?
Severe Frostbite on Fingers
Frostbite can look like anything from a rash to skin literally coming apart. These frostbite pictures provide a way to recognize frostbite and discover how benign or serious frostbite can be. Page 10.
21 Situations Where You Should Call 911
Not sure when to call 911? These tips will help you understand when to call for an ambulance.
Hives on Baby's Arm
Rashes are extremely difficult to diagnose, even when the doctor can closely examine them. These rash pictures will help readers identify some rashes as well as discuss other symptoms and when to take your rash to the doctor. Page 13.
Frostbitten Hands
Frostbite can look like anything from a rash to skin literally coming apart. These frostbite pictures provide a way to recognize frostbite and discover how benign or serious frostbite can be. Page 6.
7 Steps to Remove a Splinter
Splinters can become infected if not removed. Some splinters will work their way out without removal, but if you don't want to wait, learn how to remove a splinter.
Head Lice Nit
Head lice get a pretty bad rap around the schoolyard. It turns out that head lice is not as bad as you might think, and head lice certainly don't spread as easily as school officials may have you believe.
8 Steps to Treat Cat Bites and Scratches
As much as humans interact with felines, cat bites are common injuries, especially in children. Responding to a cat bite should always start with the safety of all involved, including the victim, the rescuer, and if possible, the cat.
8 Steps to Help Treat Dog Bites
Know how to treat a dog bite. As much as humans interact with canines, dog bites are common, especially in children. Responding to a dog bite should always start with the safety of all involved, including the victim, the rescuer, and if possible, the dog.
5 Ways to Treat Shortness of Breath
The treatment of shortness of breath is specific for each cause. In many cases, the only way to treat shortness of breath is to call 911 or take the victim to a doctor or emergency department for evaluation. Besides figuring out what is causing the shortness of breath, healthcare providers will also be able to provide supplemental oxygen to help the victim breathe easier.
Can You Get Frostbite from an Ice Pack?
It's possible to get frostbite when using an ice pack, if you don't do it properly. Ask any coach or PE teacher how to treat a twisted ankle and he or she is likely to say RICE -- rest, ice, compression and elevation. It's a tried and true method that works pretty well, as long as you follow a very important rule for icing the injury.
What Is a Mallet Fracture?
What's going on if your finger is bent at the last joint and won't straighten all the way out? Learn about the condition known as mallet finger.
5 Steps to Dress a Wound
Dressing wounds can be done at home. Most lacerations and abrasions can be handled at home without ever going to the emergency room. To take care of wounds at home, they must be cleaned and may need to be dressed.
She Slept Through Her Spider Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 52.
Impetigo
These MRSA pictures are here to illustrate the various ways MRSA skin infections and other infections can look. Look through these MRSA pictures and submit your own MRSA pictures for the gallery to help others understand. Page 3.
5 Steps to Become a Paramedic
Becoming a paramedic is different in every state, but there are certain similarities. Here are the usual steps to get the training needed to become a paramedic.
2 Steps to Hands-Only CPR
These steps are the American Heart Association's recommendations for providing hands-only CPR.
Alcohol Poisoning
Alcohol poisoning may be more common than you think. Chances are, if you've been to a keg party, you've seen the symptoms of alcohol poisoning.
What Should You Keep in Your First Aid Kit?
First aid kits are not hard to make. It's a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand. Here are the contents you should keep in your first aid kit.
13 Sources of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a nearly undetectable gas capable of being deadly, even in very small amounts. Treatment requires emergency services or a visit to the emergency department. Recognizing carbon monoxide poisoning is vital to getting help in time.
4 Signs You Probably Broke a Bone
Four ways to tell if a bone is broken. You can't be sure without an x-ray, but these four signs should send you to the doctor.
Journey of a Broken Wrist
Tori Fontana took a tumble on a ski trip and ended up with a Colles fracture of the wrist.
MRSA Boil on Inmate's Arm
These MRSA pictures are here to illustrate the various ways MRSA skin infections and other infections can look. Look through these MRSA pictures and submit your own MRSA pictures for the gallery to help others understand. Page 5.
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