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First Aid: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Brown Recluse in the Woodpile?
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.
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.
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.
Spider in the Shower
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.
Nasty Spider Bite on Finger
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.
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 54.
Not a 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 5.
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.
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 18.
A Bite in Botswana
Was he bitten by a fly, a spider or a bat? It sounds like a mystery. Page 2.
Bone Up on Broken Ribs With This Handy Guide
Learn how to recognize broken ribs, what to expect and when to seek help.
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 35.
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. Page 12.
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 43.
How to Recognize and Treat Cold Sweats
"Cold sweats" refers to sudden sweating that doesn't come from heat or exertion. The medical term for
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.
Brown Recluse Spider Bite in Minnesota?
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.
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.
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 20.
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 13.
Hobo Spider Bite on 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 4.
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 44.
What's the best way to remove a bee stinger?
There's some controversy surrounding the best method for removing a bee stinger. Here's an overview of how best to treat the situation.
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
Blister 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 3.
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 14.
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 15.
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 19.
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.
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.
Mosquito Bites
Treatment for the itching of mosquito bites and the signs of deadly infections to beware of.
6 Steps to Treat a Jellyfish Sting
Jellyfish sting treatments are hotly contested among those who treat them often. Some say vinegar and others say hot water. Here are steps that have research behind them and the explanations why.
Hole in Her Cheek
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.
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.
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 16.
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 36.
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 48.
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.
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 21.
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 61.
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 25.
How to Tell You've Been Bitten by the Dreaded...
Learn to recognize and treat brown recluse bites.
Scab Keeps Getting Bigger
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.
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 31.
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 37.
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 23.
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 45.
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 32.
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 22.
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 17.
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 46.
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 24.
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 34.
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 26.
After being stung by a bee, if I don't see a...
Only a few species of bee have barbed stingers. The bees with sharply barbed stingers that leave behind a venom sac and stinger are female worker honey bees. A few yellowjackets also have small barbs on their stingers, but they're not big enough to catch in the skin.
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 33.
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 38.
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.
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 55.
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 66.
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 59.
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 49.
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 30.
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 27.
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 47.
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 51.
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 28.
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 50.
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 40.
First Aid Quiz
Try your hand at this quiz on basic first aid topics.
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 41.
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 39.
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 29.
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 60.
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 56.
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 42.
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 52.
Quick-Acting Spider Bites Bicycle Rider
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 65.
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 63.
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 53.
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?
Blisters or 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 64.
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 62.
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 57.
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 58.
What Kind of Heat Rash Do You Have and How Can...
Heat rash treatment depends on which type of rash it is. Heat rashes come from one of two places: either in folds of the skin where moisture and friction combine to make the skin raw or as prickly heat, which is made up of lots of bumps caused by blocked sweat glands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Getting Too Much Sun Is Bad for Your Health
Spending too much time in the sun can have serious repercussions. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburn are all problems.
How to Differentiate Between Paramedics and EMTs
The media is sometimes confused by the difference between an emergency medical technician and a paramedic.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
How to Stop Bleeding with Direct Pressure
Most bleeding can be controlled before the ambulance gets there. Here are the steps to control bleeding.
How is a black widow bite diagnosed?
From a reader: My 20 year old son was bitten by a black widow the other day. He had all the symptons, went to ER and was given morphine via IV for pain, ALL day long! Doctors did not find anything in his blood. Why not?
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.
How to Recognize Anaphylaxis During an Allergic...
One of the most dangerous medical conditions is a severe allergy called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can potentially affect as much as 15 percent of the population and is commonly fatal. Know how to recognize and treat anaphylaxis.
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.
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.
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.
How To Recognize and Treat Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is caused by an increase in core body temperature often coupled with fluid loss. It's important to recognize heat exhaustion early and seek treatment as quickly as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bed Bug Bites Pictures
These bed bug bites pictures illustrate how bites can look. There are also pictures of the bed bugs and their colonies.
Should You Use Neosporin on Your Cut?
Neosporin, also known as triple antibiotic ointment, is a cream containing three antibiotics: neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin. Triple antibiotic ointment is used on minor cuts and abrasions to prevent infection and encourage healing. Some folks are big believers of triple antibiotic ointments while others feel they are unnecessary. So, you ask, what's the deal?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do You Know the ABCs of First Aid?
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.
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.
Bug Bite Battles
Since critters that crawl, buzz, and fly are bound to be with us forever, here are some tips to deal with the inevitable battle scars.
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.
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.
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.
Can you walk on a broken leg?
The common belief is that if you can walk on an injured leg, it must not be fractured. But a bone can be broken and still support your weight.
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.
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.
7 Ways to Tell If a Cut Is Infected
An infected cut can lead to a serious illness if left untreated. Even a little cut that doesn't need stitches can cause big problems if it gets infected. So, how can you tell if a cut is infected?
Thirsty? 16 Causes and Symptoms of Dehydration
Recognizing dehydration symptoms is vital to get victims of dehydration the help they need quickly.
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.
Myth or Fact? Urine Will Work on a Jellyfish...
Will urine work on a jellyfish sting help to relieve the pain?
9 Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussion symptoms range from obvious to very subtle. It pays to have someone specifically trained in recognizing concussions to evaluate possible concussion symptoms.
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.
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 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.
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.
What Is the Difference Between Signs and...
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?
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