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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.
Three Easy Ways to Tell if It's Shingles
Is it shingles? Use this guide to help you identify your rash so you can get treatment as soon as possible.
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.
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.
Rubella Rash Covering the Back
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 14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Recognize and Treat Cold Sweats
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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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Stop a Bloody Nose
Leaning your head back with a bloody nose is a myth. Here's the right way to treat a nosebleed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First Aid Quiz
Try your hand at this quiz on basic first aid topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are You Ready to Do CPR?
CPR is the most basic of all medical procedures, but it's also the most important.
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.
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.
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.
Bone Up on Broken Ribs
Learn how to recognize broken ribs, what to expect and when to seek help.
How to Treat Diarrhea
There are a few things you can do to help slow down diarrhea, or at least shorten the pain it can cause.
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.
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.
Should You Self-Treat a Skin Boil?
Boils look like really big pimples and are pus filled abscesses. Should you treat at home or call the doc? It depends.
What are the signs of a heart attack?
If you are worried that your spouse or a parent could be having a heart attack, there are some red flags. These are some of the signs of a heart attack.
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.
How to Treat Burns, Regardless of Severity
Follow these steps to treat a burn at home and learn whether to call 911 or treat the burn yourself.
Swollen Eye from Brown Spider Bite
Infected wounds are often blamed on spider bites. Unfortunately, it's really hard to tell if a spider is really the culprit. Many bug bites look just like spider bites, and almost any small, infected cut can be mistaken for a spider bite. These pictures show some of the damage spider bites can do and how the classic versions may look. Page 45.
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.
8 Steps to Treat Rat Bites
Rats and other rodents have a nasty bite that can lead to a serious infection.
Classic Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Heart attack symptoms often follow a common pattern, but trust your gut.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Shingles: Not Just on the Roof
Shingles is an inflammation of nerves caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus responsible for chickenpox.
Skin Boils: Learn the Facts on These Unsightly...
Always think of a boil as boiling over. It looks like a bubble floated to the surface of the skin and is trying to break away.
Are They Signs or Symptoms?
Signs and symptoms help identify medical problems, but do you know what the difference is between signs and symptoms?
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.
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.
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.
Is It Broken, Or Just Fractured?
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.
How to Tell if You've Been Bitten by a Brown...
Learn to recognize and treat brown recluse bites.
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.
What Are the Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women?
Heart attacks have long been thought to look different in men vs women, but is that true? If it is true, does it even matter?
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.
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.
How to Properly Treat Your Finger Cut
These simple injuries can be treated at home with little more than an adhesive bandage and some soap.
5 Home Remedies for Coughs and Colds
Who's got it figured out? Are Grandma's home remedies better than the pharmaceuticals for coughs and colds?
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.
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.
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 smoke alarm in the hallway -- or maybe it's a carbon monoxide alarm. Either way, the thing starts chirping. What's up?
What You Need to Know About Scabies
Scabies is a common infestation of the skin with a microscopic mite called Sarcoptes scabei. A scabies infestation may look like a rash.
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.
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.
Steps to Treat a Bee Sting
As long as your throat isn't closing up from the anaphylaxis, time--after removing the stinger--is the best cure for a bee sting.
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.
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.
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.
4 Telltale Signs that You 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.
MRSA Blister Popped
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 2.
Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are nasty bloodsucking parasites, but they're not that dangerous. Learn to recognize and treat bed bug bites.
How to Stop Bleeding with Direct Pressure
Most bleeding can be controlled before the ambulance gets there. Here are the steps to control bleeding.
Do You Need to Get Stitches for That?
Some open wounds will benefit from stitches while others may not. Learn the difference before you head to the emergency room.
How to Differentiate Between Paramedics and EMTs
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The 13 Signs and Symptoms of Fainting
Fainting (syncope) is a sudden loss of consciousness from a lack of blood flow to the brain. Patients usually wake up quickly after collapsing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MRSA Blister on Toe
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Symptoms of Rat Poisoning
Most rat poisons use blood thinners to cause internal bleeding in rats, mice, and other rodents.
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.
Pink Eye
Pink eye can be caused by a virus, fungus, bacteria, allergy or by something irritating the eye. Sometimes, pink eye is a sign of a more serious infection like chlamydia or gonorrhea.
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.
What Cough Medicines Really Work?
Capsules, liquid cough syrups and cough drops are all examples of cough medicines.
MRSA Infections
MRSA is everywhere. Literally. To find proof, just read the papers and watch TV news. Teachers swab the classroom with modified baby wipes because of MRSA. Products advertise their ability to kill MRSA. Hospital staff make huge notes on patients' charts when MRSA is present. Stickers and bands declare MRSA status for all (healthcare providers) to see.
Are Online CPR Certifications Valid?
For a few bucks and a computer, certain web sites will let you print out an official-looking card, suitable for your wallet, proclaiming you certified
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.
Thirsty? Causes and Symptoms of Dehydration
Recognizing dehydration symptoms is vital to get victims of dehydration the help they need quickly.
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.
Treatment for the Common Bug Bite (and Sting)
In North America at least, getting bitten by a bug isn't going to kill you...usually.
You Too Can Be a Paramedic!
Being a paramedic is not about blood, guts and glory. It's about compassion and leadership more than anything else.
8 Steps to Treat Cat Bites and Scratches
Keep the cat and the patient away from each other. They obviously didn't get along the first time.
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.
Five Signs that They're Dead Right There
There's no such thing as symptoms of death. To figure out which victims are just too dead to be saved, emergency responders look for signs of death.
How to Buddy Tape a Finger
Buddy taping is a way to immobilize finger sprains and mild fractures without going to the doctor.
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.
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.
14 Causes of Abdominal Pain
Abdominal pain can have many causes, and some can be life-threatening. Learn the many causes of abdominal pain.
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.
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.
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.
Do You Know the Difference Between Cough...
Whether you need a cough suppressant or an expectorant depends on the type of cough you have. So, whats the difference?
Before You Take a CPR Class
Not all CPR classes are the same. Learn about CPR class levels and training program standards.
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.
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.
Heating Pad Burn
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. Page 9.
Biggest Myths of First Aid
It's time to dispel some of the most common myths in first aid lore. Read on to see the worst first aid ideas, demystified with the correct response to each emergency.

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