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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.
9 First Aid Tips You'll Actually Use
The best first aid tips are the skills we do for mundane injuries.
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 Recognize and Treat Cold Sweats
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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.
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.
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.
Bone Up on Broken Ribs
Learn how to recognize broken ribs, what to expect and when to seek help.
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.
First Aid Quiz
Try your hand at this quiz on basic first aid topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Treat a Smashed Finger
Nothing hurts like a smashed finger. Here are some steps you can take to relieve that wonderful throbbing sensation.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Thirsty? 16 Causes and Symptoms of Dehydration
Recognizing dehydration symptoms is vital to get victims of dehydration the help they need quickly.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Stop Bleeding with Direct Pressure
Most bleeding can be controlled before the ambulance gets there. Here are the steps to control bleeding.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
14 Causes of Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can have many causes, and some can be life-threatening. Learn the many causes of abdominal pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Differentiate Between Paramedics and EMTs
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Stroke Symptoms
Strokes are the third largest cause of death in the U.S. Learn to recognize stroke and respond in time to help the victim.
5 Steps to Treat Frostbite
Know how to treat frostbite. Frostbite can result in the loss of limbs, ears, noses, and other body parts. Learn How to Treat Frostbite.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2015 CPR Guidelines, What will They Be?
Every 5 years the AHA comes out with its CPR guidelines. What do you think they'll be in 2015?
5 Home Remedies for Coughs and Colds
Pharmaceutical companies don't have the market cornered on all cures for that which ails you. Grandma did her part long before dextromethorphan was supposedly stopping coughs. What we didn't understand until now was that Grandma was getting it right more often than we thought. Doctors are expensive, and Grandma's cures are back en vogue.
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.
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.
Brrr! 10 Signs and Symptoms of Frostbite
You might know frostbite happens in fingers and toes. You might know it comes from being in really cold weather. You may even know it can come from improperly icing an injury. But, do you know how to recognize frostbite?
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.
Scabies
Scabies is a common infestation of the skin with a microscopic mite called Sarcoptes scabei. A scabies infestation may look like a rash.
How to Tell You've Been Bitten by the Dreaded...
Learn to recognize and treat brown recluse bites.
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.
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.
Frostbite on Fingers After 4 Weeks
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 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MRSA Lesion 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 4.
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?
Hypoglycemia Symptoms
Hypoglycemia is the most common emergency condition for victims of diabetes. Hypoglycemia is easily treated, but can lead to coma or even death if untreated.
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 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.
What to Do if Your Blood Pressure Is Too High...
Measuring blood pressure at home leads to questions about odd readings. You may wonder what to do if you get a particularly high reading (hypertension) - or a particularly low one (hypotension). The answer is definitely: it depends.
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.
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.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Food Poisoning
Abdominal pain and nausea caused by foodborne bacteria is commonly misnamed food poisoning. Food poisoning can cause severe pain, nausea, and diarrhea in victims. The effects of food poisoning can lead to serious dehydration.
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.
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.
What Cough Medicines Really Work?
Capsules, liquid cough syrups and cough drops are all examples of cough medicines.
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.
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.
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.
Bloody Nose First Aid
Kids get bloody noses more often than adults, typically either from irritating the nasal membrane (picking their noses) or from trauma (like a soccer ball in the face). When adults get bloody noses, it could be an indicator of a more severe medical problem. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have gotten bloody noses, especially without physical trauma.
Skin Boil in Zambia
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. Page 6.
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.

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