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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.
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.
Bone Up on Broken Ribs with This Handy Guide
Learn how to recognize broken ribs, what to expect and when to seek help.
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 Recognize and Treat Cold Sweats
"Cold sweats" refers to sudden sweating that doesn't come from heat or exertion. The medical term for
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First Aid Quiz
Try your hand at this quiz on basic first aid topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why We Throw Up: A Deeper Look at This...
Several conditions cause nausea and vomiting. Look at these symptoms to help determine the causes of nausea.
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.
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?
Is That Spider You Found a Brown Recluse?...
Use these steps and pictures to rule out 99% of the spiders that aren't brown recluses.
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.
A Bite in Botswana
Was he bitten by a fly, a spider or a bat? It sounds like a mystery. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
How to Differentiate Between Paramedics and EMTs
The media is sometimes confused by the difference between an emergency medical technician and a paramedic.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Tell You've Been Bitten by the Dreaded...
Learn to recognize and treat brown recluse bites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frostbite with 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.
Heat Rash Treatment
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.
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.
Should I Use Neosporin on My 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?
Why Won't My Finger Straighten Out?
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.
Too Much Sun Exposure
Spending too much time in the sun can have serious repercussions. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburn are all problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Burned Surface Area
Measuring the size of a burn is difficult because every person is different in size, shape and weight. A square foot of burned surface area is much worse to a person who weighs 130 pounds than it is to someone who weighs 200 pounds.
How To 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.
Fundamental First Aid: The ABC's
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.
Concussion Symptoms
Concussion symptoms range from obvious to very subtle. It pays to have someone specifically trained in recognizing concussions to evaluate possible concussion symptoms.
How 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.
How are cough suppressants different than...
Whether you need a cough suppressant or an expectorant depends on the type of cough you have. So, whats the difference?
Mosquito Bites
Treatment for the itching of mosquito bites and the signs of deadly infections to beware of.
When Should You Call 911?
Not sure when to call 911? These tips will help you understand when to call for an ambulance.
Aspiration
Aspiration is a term heard often in medical settings. It means different things depending on whether the patient is doing it or the doctor.
Cough Medicines
Capsules, liquid cough syrups and cough drops are all examples of cough medicines.
First Aid for Anaphylaxis
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.
First Aid Kits
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.
How can I 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?
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.
What If Blood Pressure is Too High or Too Low?
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.
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?
How To Treat a Seizure
Seizures are not life-threatening and are relatively easy to manage. Being calm is the most important step in treating a seizure. Most adolescent or adult seizure victims suffer from epilepsy.
Dehydration Symptoms
Recognizing dehydration symptoms is vital to get victims of dehydration the help they need quickly.
How 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.
How To Remove a Tick
How to remove a tick and look for Lyme disease.
How 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.

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