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First Aid: gunshot wound to the leg, antibiotic cream, gunshot
antibiotic cream, gunshot, jail time: Mj, If your daughter suffered a gunshot wound she needs to be evaluated by a doctor to make sure that no vessel or nerve is involved. Also if you are in the United States it must be reported to law enforcement. To not do so is a crime and could cost you...

First Aid: Nair Burn, robert bauer, minor burns
robert bauer, minor burns, benedryl: Hi Caleia, Sorry I actually answered this yesterday, but it looks as though didn t post. Nair can cause minor burns if left on to long. What you describe sounds more like an allergic reaction. Try some Benedryl or Caladryl cream. Taking regular Benedryl...

First Aid: Navel piercing problem, triple antibiotic ointment, scar tissue
triple antibiotic ointment, scar tissue, keloid: Briana: It could be an infection or it could be a keloid a type of scar tissue. If it is hotter to the touch than the surrounding skin and is sore then it probably is an infection and you if you have been unsuccessful in treating it yourself , you will...

First Aid: needle in foot, family doctor, emergency room
family doctor, emergency room, risk: The needle will work itself out naturally anyway without it being forced out, the main risk is infection. If it gets red, hot and painful then I would go and see your family doctor or go back to the emergency room, other than that it should just come out itself...

First Aid: pe, pulmonary embolism, senerio
pulmonary embolism, senerio, tachycardic: DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the lower limbs. A complication of DVT, pulmonary embolism, can occur when a fragment of a blood clot breaks loose from the wall of the vein and migrates to the lungs, where it blocks a pulmonary...

First Aid: stitches, preventing infection in stitches
preventing infection in stitches: He would need to follow the instructions from the provider that did the stitches, generally, a daily cleaning with soap and water, or scrubbing with some iodine before reapplying a bandage will provide the best prevention. Be sure he follows up with his doctor,...

First Aid: sun blisters, sun blisters, acutane
sun blisters, acutane, sun poisoning: You don t say if the blisters formed after you starting using the spf lipstuff. If it started after, you may be having a reaction to the lipstuff. If they started before, it could be sun poisoning. You should have it check by a medical professional. Good...

First Aid: Toe Injury, medical first responder, socer
medical first responder, socer, toe injury: Hi Justin, I am not a doctor, rather a medical first responder. I would strongly suggest you go to the hospital. If you have swelling at all and you still cannot move the joint, you may have broken it. Are you able to walk on it?? Get it checked out!!...

First Aid: Big toenail almost ripped off, gauze pad, peroxide
gauze pad, peroxide, remainder: K lynn, You can leave the nail on or have it removed. If it is left on, you will need to keep it covered to protect it so that the remainder of the nail is not pulled off. If you have it removed, you won t have to worry about that. Either way, the nail...

First Aid: Bruised/Cracked Ribs?, sore ribs, cracked ribs
sore ribs, cracked ribs, robert bauer: Hi, Sorry to hear about that! Yes, it is quite possible that you have a fractured rib, but the only way to know is to see your doctor and have an x-ray done. Yes, it is also possible that you liver could be damaged, but I wouldn t be able to tell because...

First Aid: broken nail during a fight, broken nail, antibiotic cream
broken nail, antibiotic cream, clean break: The best you can do at home is to put some triple antibiotic cream on it. Provided it is a clean break it should heal on its own. It is something you may want to see your doctor for but an emergency room is going to be able to do a whole lot. They may give...

First Aid: CUT FINGER, capillary, gretchen
capillary, gretchen: Gretchen, The only way that I can see that this would be possible is if the sharp object was very hot and cauterized the wound as it went through. Otherwise there would be some bleeding from the wound if only capillary. ...

First Aid: cracked ribs, cracked ribs, naproxen
cracked ribs, naproxen, ibuprofen: Hi Kirston, Cracked ribs are extremely painful. Everytime you are inhaling, they expand and resume original position when exhaling. Unfortunately this movement cannot be controlled which causes ongoing movement on an injured area. If your concerned,...

First Aid: epi-pen, allergic reaction, pharmacist
allergic reaction, pharmacist, clarification: Hi, If you are going to require an epi-pen, your doctor and/or pharmacist will explain to you how to administer a dose. It all depends on whether you have a single dose injector or a dual dose injector. I would not be as concerned about other people...

First Aid: Big toenail almost ripped off, toe nail, big toe
First Aid: Big toenail almost ripped off, toe nail, big toe, fear

First Aid: Insect stings, histamine blocker, solu medrol
First Aid: Insect stings, histamine blocker, solu medrol, swelling of the tongue

First Aid: Neosporin Reaction, blisters, whole life
First Aid: Neosporin Reaction, blisters, whole life, shock

First Aid: Heimlick manoeuvre, Heimlich Maneuver
Heimlich Maneuver: Maire, That s a great question. Honestly, I have only once witnessed the Heimlich Maneuver, and I was a kid!!! All of the choking calls I have been on as a paramedic, have been to late for the Heimlich Maneuver. All of them would have benefited from having...

First Aid: Insect stings, wasp sting, true allergy
wasp sting, true allergy, insect stings: When you get stung, you stated you have trouble breathing and your sting site swells. The trouble breathing is a sign of someone who is severely allergic to bee stings. Most people only swell at the sting site. They do not have trouble breathing unless stung...

First Aid: Neosporin Reaction, boil hole, doctors orders
boil hole, doctors orders, warning on the label: Hi RL, Unfortunately, this is the exact reason why I have been trying to get it off the market OR at leats have the company acknowledge this and put a warning on the label and state a warning on the TV commercials. I think if more people who have suffered...

First Aid: naval piecing, healing process, 5 months
healing process, 5 months, bump: Is the area red and warm to the touch? If so the piercing may be infected and the white headed bump may be pus from infection. If there is no sign of infection it may just be the healing process around the ring, your body isn t used to having bits of metal...

First Aid: Puncture wounds, puncture wounds, rusty nails
puncture wounds, rusty nails, rusty metal: I would strongly suggest that you make an appointment with your doctor. It may be a generalized infection but puncture wounds can cause damage on the interior as well. The fact that your foot is numb is something that really should not be over looked. Your...

First Aid: NOT shin splints, robert bauer, pain meds
robert bauer, pain meds, rice method: Yeah, I can t be sure about what exactly you have without examining it, but the RICE method, rest, and the over the counter pain meds should work fine for you. Like I said if anything it terribly painful or if it s getting worse be sure to see a doctor. ...

First Aid: shin trauma, edema, pain, skin abrasion, bone fracture
skin abrasion, bone fracture, robert bauer: I really think you should at least get him to the Doctor in the morning or preferably the ER tonight. If you have an orthopedic surgeon group in your town they may have an urgent care. The thing I would be concerned with is getting an x-ray and possibly...

First Aid: sons hand was cut, liquid bandaid, palm of his hand
liquid bandaid, palm of his hand, peroxide: He should be check by a medical professional. Either a medical center or if your local fire department has a med crew there. They can check it and also make a recommendation. That piece of skin is probably going to die, especially if it has already turned...

First Aid: suicide, robert bauer, definitive treatment
robert bauer, definitive treatment, bandages: OK, let s revisit this.... Given your scenario they would go to surgery. The first aid is the same regardless of the scenario. Direct pressure, ice, elevation, then indirect pressure of the artery at a pressure point, finally a tourniquet, if all else fails....

First Aid: suicide, robert bauer, bandages
robert bauer, bandages, stitches: Hi Emily, Unfortunately, I can t simply answer that. It really depends on how deep the cut is and how much blood is lost. Surgery may be required, it could be just a few stitches, or some bandages. Is there anything more specific you are looking for?...

First Aid: swelling on right side of neck glands, swollen lymph glands, neck glands
swollen lymph glands, neck glands, robert bauer: Well, this is kind of stretching first aid/emergency medical territory, but there are many possible causes of swollen lymph glands/nodes. It can be as benign as an allergic reaction to as serious as cancer. I would get into see your doctor as soon as possible,...

First Aid: Treatmemt for ripped out toenail, antibiotic creams, soap and water
antibiotic creams, soap and water, antibiotic ointment: Hi Terry, If he won t let you pull it off (the ideal treatment) just cover it with a bandaid while he s out playing. Wash it with soap and water. Do NOT use any antibiotic creams. The toenail will regrow and push the old one off. At some point he will want...

First Aid: Treatment, gun shot wound, medical first responder
gun shot wound, medical first responder, treatment question: Hi, I am so glad that what I explained made sense! Sometimes it is hard to put visual information into written form. From the ER, you would have to check with another expert who is a doctor to explain the next course of action. I am a Medical First...

First Aid: yellowjacket sting, swollen lips, benedryl
swollen lips, benedryl, breathing difficulty: Crystal, I would continue to use the ice to your face. As long as you don t have any breathing difficulty or feel that your throat is swelling shut, you should be OK. It will just have to run it s course. Roge...

First Aid: Administering Oxygen, fire rescue department, local ems
fire rescue department, local ems, ambulance crew: Leslie, Much of what you can and can not do is dictated by state law or some other governmental body, and each one is different. I would suggest that you contact the local EMS regulatory agency that has jurisdiction in your area and ask them. I hope that...

First Aid: Ankle/Knee Pain, x ray, knee pain
x ray, knee pain, arthritis: Ashely, The only way to tell is with an X-Ray. It should not still be hurting after a year. She could have developed arthritis in the joint from any damage that was done at the time of injury. But the only way to tell is with an X-Ray and that will take...

First Aid: Big toe/nail accident, hydrogen peroxide, fungus infection
hydrogen peroxide, fungus infection, nail bed: Hi Annie, So far you are doing the right thing. I would stop the hydrogen peroxide as that can delay healing and damage tissue. Keep it clean with soap and water and covered. You will probably develope a fungus infection under the nail as time does on. This...

First Aid: Broken/Bruised Knuckle, pinky ring, broken knuckle
pinky ring, broken knuckle, middle knuckle: Carlos, I would guess that you have done damage to the joint. Just exactly what will need an X-Ray to tell. You can splint the injured fingers together and take over the counter pain medication if need. Your risk of not seeing a doctor would be that a...

First Aid: Broken toe nail, broken toe, dance class
broken toe, dance class, tylenol: Hi Andrew, Sounds like you have blood under the nail and as a result, the nail will probably come off. Till then, kep it covered with tape and allow the new nail to grow. Tylenol or ibuprofen should do for pain. The other choice is to stay away from dance...

First Aid: belly ring, oral antibiotics, best bet
oral antibiotics, best bet, couple days: Susan, My guess would be that the site has became infected. Your best bet would be to see your doctor or local emergency room and get on some oral antibiotics. This should clear it up in a couple days, however the prescription will be to take the medication...

First Aid: big toenail ripped off, topical antibiotic, robert bauer
topical antibiotic, robert bauer, antiseptic solution: Hi Brandi, I think this is best handled by his doctor. Our feet are prone to infections, and given the severity of having a nail ripped off it would be best that he goes to the doctor. The care you are providing sounds adequate I don t know that I would...

First Aid: bruised toenail, nail bed, hot point
nail bed, hot point, antibiotic ointment: Hi Beth, As long as you heat the clip to a red hot point, it will be OK. As a diabetic, I know you are worried about infection. My concern is that your circulation is already affected by your diabetes and I wouldn t want the blood collection to cut of circulation...

First Aid: bullet wound/hypothermia, low blood pressure, signs of shock
low blood pressure, signs of shock, state anxiety: Getting shot in the chest COULD cause shock and loss of consciousness, it depends on where the person was hit and with what type of missile, what was the velocity, etc. The signs of shock are fast heart rate fast shallow breathing cool pale clammy...

First Aid: Cut finger turned white, skin flap, capillary action
skin flap, capillary action, robert bauer: The type of cut it sounds like is called an avulsion or skin flap . basically instead of a close to 90 degree laceration that can be closed and heal together, you have a skin flap. The white part is without blood supply, when you wash it under water you...

First Aid: cut, tetanus shot, elastoplast
tetanus shot, elastoplast, piece of glass: Hi Elaine, This doesn t sound like a tetanus prone wound. A tetanus shot at the time of injury won t prevent tetanus anyway. It is given out of convenience in that setting. It takes 6 weeks for the body to develope antibodies to the tetanus bacterium after...

First Aid: After effects of Vasovagal syncope?, cold chills, robert bauer
cold chills, robert bauer, loss of consciousness: Hi james, Fainting generally refers to a momentary loss of consciousness usually caused by a drop in blood pressure. As soon as the pressures returns to normal, usually by falling into a lying position they begin to regain consciousness. A loss of consciousness...

First Aid: Broken/Bruised Knuckle, anger management, punching bag
First Aid: Broken/Bruised Knuckle, anger management, punching bag, anger managment

First Aid: After effects of Vasovagal syncope?, drop in blood pressure, withdrawl
First Aid: After effects of Vasovagal syncope?, drop in blood pressure, withdrawl, vaso

First Aid: first aid, pinky finger, robert bauer
pinky finger, robert bauer, doctor asap: Tracy, Thanks for the question... yes a visit to the doctor is definitely warranted. When you have tingling following a cut as you describe their is a chance that blood is not getting to the end of your finger the way it should, or you have injured a...

First Aid: Glass in toe, peice, emergency room
peice, emergency room, antibiotics: Brady, It could be getting infected. without seeing it, I really can t tell. If it starts to swell, gets very red and hot to the touch, you my need to see your doctor or local Emergency Room for some antibiotics. ...

First Aid: Gunshot Wound, coughing up blood, punctured lung
coughing up blood, punctured lung, medical details: Hi Sarah I am a paramedic not a doctor but I can give you a few details. The through and through bullet can t hit anything major or she will die pretty quickly. If you want through and through you are better off going through the leg which can indeed...

First Aid: gun shot wound to chest, puncture wound, homicide
puncture wound, homicide, good job: Charlotte, I m very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. It sounds like you did all that you could do. Being shot in the middile of the chest is not a good thing. The heart and lungs are in the chest and both are very vascular making them...

First Aid: gun wound in the chest, puncture wound, gun shot
puncture wound, gun shot, homicide: Charlotte, I m sorry to hear all of that. Unfortunately there was probably not much that ANYONE could have done. Cardiac arrest survival due to trauma is less than 1. There would be a massive amount more information that I would need to tell you what...

First Aid: gunshot wound, puncture wound, possitive
puncture wound, possitive, gun shot: Hi Charlotte, I am sorry for your loss. Under the circumstances there is very little you could do. A gun shot wound to the center of the chest will almost certainly be universally fatal due to injury to the heart, lungs and great vessels. Don t carry any...

First Aid: gunshot wound, puncture wound, possitive
puncture wound, possitive, gun shot: Hi Charlotte, First and formost, I am sorry for your lost. What a tragic situation to be involved in. Charlotte, please keep in mind that he was shot in the chest. The vital organs for survival reside here....lungs and heart. If an individual has...

First Aid: Hit my head, concusion, dizziness
concusion, dizziness, night stand: Brittany, The dizziness could be from hitting from your head and not really be anything serious. If the dizziness continues or your should start to vomit and can t walk straight, then you will probably need to see a doctor. ...

First Aid: Hit my head, concusion, night stand
concusion, night stand, bump: Hi Brittany, After a bump to the head (if not bleeding) put ice on it right away. This will help the swelling. I got your email to late but you also would never sleep for 4 hours after a bump to your head. Let your parents know and if they feel its needed,...

First Aid: Hit my head, concusion, medical facility
concusion, medical facility, concussion: Yes, Brittany you could have a concussion. As long as you feel swelling on the outside, it is good. Otherwise, it would be swelling inside and that could be worse. You can put ice on the swelling and take something for the headache you will have. Tell...

First Aid: head injury, robert bauer, aid questions
robert bauer, aid questions, worse case: *This forum is for general first aid questions, this is potentially a medical emergency and you should seek medical attention immediately* Explain to your friend he may have a concussion or bleeding inside his head. If he will not tell his parents you...

First Aid: Laceration to Thumb, swivel blade, closure strips
swivel blade, closure strips, nerve damage: Hi Christina, The numbness is most likely due to cutaneous nerve damage. This usually heals well of its own accord, but the sensation will be abnormal for a time. Sutures wouldnít have made any difference in treating this. My concern is that the joint may...

First Aid: PHTLS Pretest, flight medic, esm
flight medic, esm, kenyon: Kenyon, I believe that the pretest is to see what you already know and give the instructor an idea of what needs to be covered in greater detail. Just answer the questions the best that you can. The instructor should teach you the rest. If you having trouble...

First Aid: possible concussion, robert bauer, body tissues
robert bauer, body tissues, sidney australia: That s a very good question, at altitude gases, fluids, and therefore body tissues can swell. Even in a pressurized cabin you are still not pressurized to sea level. The best bet is for her to see a physician and possibly get a CT scan (cat scan). Just...

First Aid: puncture wound, red streaks, robert bauer
red streaks, robert bauer, puncture wounds: Sounds like you ve dodged some bullets in the past. Puncture wounds are notorious for becoming infected (swelling, redness, heat, discharge, red streaks in skin, general fever, malaise, etc.) Also you have to be concerned about the large tendons and ligaments...

First Aid: rusty nail, fever heat, tetanus shot
fever heat, tetanus shot, signs of infection: I would recommend watching it for infection. If he keeps it clean and washes it good and puts neosporin on it, it should heal without any problems. Signs of infection are: redness around the area, fever/heat around the area, swelling and drainage. Good...

First Aid: SHOULDER INJURIE, biceps and triceps, purple stain
biceps and triceps, purple stain, exercise weight: Hi Roger, This really depends on what injury occurred. If you have a purple stain over the shoulder, you may have torn a muscle and be bleeding from there leaving that coloration. The fastest way to heal is to use ice and/or heat and REST. Trying to work...

First Aid: Toe nail, podiatrist foot doctor, subungual hematoma
podiatrist foot doctor, subungual hematoma, robert bauer: This is likely a subungual hematoma... a collection of blood under the nail bed. You need a rest period for a couple of days, you can take an over the counter pain reliever. If your nail falls off keep your nailbed covered with a Band-Aid. If it becomes very...

First Aid: thumb nail injury, iodine solution, robert bauer
iodine solution, robert bauer, nail injury: Vidya, It s very important that you follow your doctor s instructions. I only have the ability to answer a general question and give you guidance. I understand your apprehension but your doctor will try to keep you comfortable and pain free. Thanks...

First Aid: toe problem, broken toe, janice
broken toe, janice, toes: Hi Janice, Basically, the treatment is to tape the toes together and be patient. The only time a visit is necessary is if the broken toe is significantly deformed. It should be set as straight as possible as the little toe plays a VERY important part in balance...

First Aid: Is this a torn tendon?, torn tendon, strains and sprains
torn tendon, strains and sprains, physical rehab: Ashley, Thanks for the question. A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament (connective tissue). While a strain is a stretched or torn tendon or muscle. It is very difficult to differentiate between the two. Very severe strains and sprains may require...

First Aid: 2nd or 3rd degree burn, motorcycle muffler, dry dressing
motorcycle muffler, dry dressing, healing process: The cream should help to dry it up. One option is to place a sterile dry dressing over the 3rd degree part and allow it to absorb the soggy part and then pull it off. You may want to go back to your doctor and have him/her debride it. The latter is the best...

First Aid: arm injury?, robert bauer, orthopedic doctor
robert bauer, orthopedic doctor, orthopedic injuries: There are a number of orthopedic injuries you could have, you should see an orthopedic doctor asap. Take tylenol and ibuprofen for pain relief. Rest, use ice packs, use an ace wrap on your arms, and elevate your arms as much as possibble. Thanks, Robert...

First Aid: arm injury?, ulner nerve, arm injury
ulner nerve, arm injury, funny bone: Rachel, I would suggest that you see your family doctor, or go to your local Emergency Room and get an X-Ray of your elbow. There is a nerve that runs behind your elbow called the ulner nerve. When you strike this nerve it is quite uncomfortable, many people...

First Aid: blow to the head, fruit stand, black out
fruit stand, black out, bruise: Joanne, You will probably be OK. If the headache does not go away in a day or so, or you start to vomit, or can t seem to walk straight. Then you will need to see a doctor. If you are concerned about your injury you can always see your doctor, or call...

First Aid: book research, fetal hypoxia, stab wounds
fetal hypoxia, stab wounds, robert bauer: Hmmm..... That s a really difficult questio to answer because the fetus would likely die of secondary complications such as fetal hypoxia. The fetus shares oxygen and nutrients with mother not so much blood... So if the mother had injuries that interupt her...

First Aid: What to do with a bruised toenail, bruised toenail, blood blister
bruised toenail, blood blister, robert bauer: I do not have an answer for you that you want ... if you have a blood blister forming under your toenail, it will likely be painful until a doctor drains it. Tape the toe to the next toe. Take aceteminophen and ibuprofen for pain. You will need to see a doctor...

First Aid: Fingernail Loss, finger splint, medical tape
finger splint, medical tape, neosporin: Hi Constance, Loosing a nail is painful. Unfortunately, I cannot make suggestions for you to take any medications such as Tylenol etc as I am not a doctor. However, I would soak it in as hot as you can handle, salt water. This will prevent infection...

First Aid: nerve damage to index finger, exact same thing, middle finger
First Aid: nerve damage to index finger, exact same thing, middle finger, nerve pain

First Aid: first aid kit, contents of a first aid kit, first aid kit
contents of a first aid kit, first aid kit, trainning: Generally a basic first aid will do. Most can be purchased from a store. I would add to the first aid kit some non-sting antiseptic spray/wipes. Maybe some character bandaids. Some ice packs. Remember to not give children aspirin. I would not give any...

First Aid: Gash Between Toes, bactine, concrete deck
bactine, concrete deck, laceration: Hi Ryan, There is a period called the golden hours which ends at 8 hours after a laceration occurs. Sutures, after that point, won t be done. By the time you read this it is already too late. you should have just gone to an urgent care or ER at the time...

First Aid: head injury, something soft, head injuries
something soft, head injuries, pattie: It takes head injuries a long time to heal. There is a lot of skin, nerves, and blood vessels in the head and very little protection except for the skull. Your head can hurt for weeks and/or months. It was good that it swelled on the outside. Otherwise,...

First Aid: Injured Toe, gauze pads, injured toe
gauze pads, injured toe, soap and water: Hi Rebekah, The bleeding will eventually stop. There will be a mixture of blood and serum that will ooze for a week or so.The nail will serve as a biologic dresssing ad should be left alone. Just keep it cleaned with soap and water and covered with a bandaid...

First Aid: How long it takes to recover hair line crack ribs pain?, hairline crack, natural expansion
hairline crack, natural expansion, hair line: Hi I am sorry to hear about your accident and the pain you are in. It is difficult to say an exact time period that the pain would no longer be present. Unfortunately, ribs are very painful when broken due to the natural expansion during breathing. People...

First Aid: Neck Pain, neck and throat pain, fitness work
neck and throat pain, fitness work, football match: Hi Ryan, OK. This sounds like a muscle strain. You can have pain with swallowing and coughing because the muscles deep in the neck (that control swallowing etc) also connect to the ones under your skin. I would use Ibuprofen and try either heat or ice after...

First Aid: neosporin reaction, hydrogen peroxide, triple antibiotic ointment
hydrogen peroxide, triple antibiotic ointment, cortisone cream: Hi Kelly, I would NEVER use Neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment for anything at all. Toss it. Hydrogen peroxide is of no use on wounds and can even destroy tissue. Do not use cortisone as that will delay healing. Just keep it clean with soap and water...

First Aid: nerve damage to index finger, pins and needles, painful stimulus
pins and needles, painful stimulus, digital nerve: Hi Amy, Thanks for the additional info. You have partially injured/cut a portion of the digital nerve. The fact that you have a response to a painful stimulus indicates that the nerve is not totally divided. This sensory part of the index finger is very...

First Aid: Possible Angioedema, angioedema, humdinger
angioedema, humdinger, cold sore: Hi Margaret, Are you taking any meds that might be responsible? Any foods that you may be allergic to? Angioedema is a possibility but unlikely as it come up on just one side and stays there. It could be a herpes simplex flare up that doesn t come to an open...

First Aid: Rusty Nail, rusty nail, healthcare facility
rusty nail, healthcare facility, flip flop: You should get a tetanus shot as soon as possible. If you don t want to go to the hospital or doctor s office. Go to a healthcare facility like Patient First or a clinic. Most clinics charge according to your wages. Keep it clean and cover to protect it from...

First Aid: Toenail Injury, nail bed, bandaid
nail bed, bandaid, podiatrist: Hi Donald, This sounds worse than it is. A Podiatrist? Strange referral. Anyway, just keep it clean by normal showering; keep it covered with a bandaid to prevent it from hooking on clothing and wait for the new nail to start regrowth. He can then clip the...

First Aid: toenail, nail bed, going to the doctor
nail bed, going to the doctor, 7 months: Kayla, Your brother is right. it will usually fall off in time. If it has not fallen off by now you really will have to see a doctor to get it removed. If you try and pull it off if any part of it is still attached, it could bleed quite a bit. If it is...

First Aid: Wrist Injury...?, bone bruise, road rash
bone bruise, road rash, hamburger meat: Your welcome. Sprains can take a long time to heal. A follow up is not a bad idea. Sometimes it takes physical therapy to get things back in order. I am sorry about your back injury. Those are not much fun either. I am happy you are feeling a bit better....

First Aid: Bad first degree burn ona leg with boiling water - pregnant woman, deep vein thrombosis, aloe vera gel
deep vein thrombosis, aloe vera gel, robert bauer: Sonia honestly with your history I strongly recommend seeing your doctor again ASAP and possibly getting an ultrasound on that. You have a history of DVT after surgery, and it sounds like you ve been keeping that leg immobile at night. Don t take any chances......

First Aid: broken or cracked Ribs, ccemtp, robert bauer
ccemtp, robert bauer, ribcage: It does sound as though you may have cracked a rib. Usually a compress is placed around the chest to aid in healing. This will also make it a little more comforable to breathe. You do need to see your doctor as soon as possible to have the extent of your...

First Aid: Caught fingers in door, extensor tendons, tips of my fingers
extensor tendons, tips of my fingers, minimal blood: Katie You can get them X-Rayed. While it is rare that you would fracture a finger that way, it is not impossible. The normal way to splint fingers is to tape them to the uninjured finger next to it. The doctor might be able to give you something stronger...

First Aid: About Cracked Skull, cracked skull, robert bauer
cracked skull, robert bauer, ccemt p: Usually when the skull is actually cracked or broken, that is the bone itself... a neurosurgeon would oversee their care. The question is really too broad for me to answer, if you have a more specific scenario perhaps I can help. Thanks, Robert Bauer...

First Aid: Cut on Left Index Finger, left index finger, hydrogen peroxide
left index finger, hydrogen peroxide, gauze pad: Hi Stephan, Unfortunately it is too late for sutures. There is an 8 hour golden period to sew wounds. At this point the best thing you can do is good wound care to avoid infection. You still could straighten your finger with a partially cut tendon. If this...

First Aid: chest wound, vascular organ, rescuer
vascular organ, rescuer: Giullia, If you have nothing else, you could just use your hand. Anything that is air tight to cover the wound would do. If not properly treated the person would probably die. The lung is a very vascular organ and usually would have a large amount of...

First Aid: cut forearm, sterile bandage, steri strips
sterile bandage, steri strips, hi mike: Hi Mike, Actually, after 8 hours no wound is sutured. If they refused to sew it up they were correct. If they refused to look at it out of hand even to ascertain infection,then they were wrong to do that. As for the redness, it may just be an inflammatory...

First Aid: cut on thumb, red streaks, scar formation
red streaks, scar formation, robert bauer: No, from your description it sounds as though you did a great job and it s healing wonderfully. Remember that during the healing process it will become itchy that is normal. As a rule you should keep an eye out for redness, an increase in pain, swelling,...

First Aid: Head injury, nausua, dizzyness
nausua, dizzyness, cat scan: Janie, While it is normal to be dizzy and nauseated after a head injury the symptoms should have gone by now. If there is a very small bleed in your head it may not show on the first CAT scan. I would go back and ask for a second CAT scan. ...

First Aid: Help with scene in my novel, lung cavity, broken ribs
lung cavity, broken ribs, trauma team: Hi Wendy I am not sure exactly how to answer this but I will give it a shot. The paramedics are going to remove the most severely injured victims first. If the front passenger is trapped and the back passengers are not they will take them out first...

First Aid: NUMBNESS/LACERATED FINGER., left index finger, wide swath
left index finger, wide swath, palm side: Hi Walt, There are separate nerves for each area of the finger. Sounds like you cut one of them. If the numbness is on the palm side or the side facing the thumb (grip/pinch side) this should be considered for repair due to the functional importance of this...

First Aid: numbness left pinky, nerve injury, brain cells
nerve injury, brain cells, pinky: Hi Jessica, Sure do. You have a nerve injury. Fortunately it should go away by itself. I m sure I don t have to tell you that you should NEVER drink till the point of passing out. You kill millions of brain cells every time that happens. Consider that the...

First Aid: Possible Dislocation, pain tolerance, dislocation
pain tolerance, dislocation, x ray: Hi Lorena It is impossible to say if it is dislocated or just sprained or strained. A dislocation would be severely painful but depending on your pain tolerance it may be. There is an injury called game keepers thumb. It is when the thumb is hyper extended...

First Aid: Possible nerve/mucular damage in the index finger, extensor tendon, meat slicer
extensor tendon, meat slicer, palm side: Hi Jered, You may have injured the extensor tendon. Scar tissue might have formed creating motion pain at that site. You should see your doctor to be sure there isnít anything else damaged. If you did injure the tendon then a hand surgeon might want to get...

First Aid: right toe, pallet jack, blood stains
pallet jack, blood stains, docotor: Tito, Without an X-Ray it would be impossible to tell what the injuries to your foot are. Until you can see the doctor, and you have to allergies to them, I would recommend Tylenol for the pain. Keep your foot elevated to reduce the swelling. ...

First Aid: sore ribs, sore ribs, republic of latvia
sore ribs, republic of latvia, pain killers: When the ribs are sore, there are a number of possibilities. They could just be bruised from the impact. If there is alot of extreme pain when breathing, he may have broken his ribs. In either case, unfortunately there isn t alot that can medically be done....

First Aid: tentanus shot, sterile bandage, tetanus shot
sterile bandage, tetanus shot, neosporin: Hi Todd, well, it depends on the size and depth of the cut....If it s just a small cut wash with warm water and soap put some neosporin on the cut and cover with a sterile bandage...If it s a large cut that requires a stitch or stitiches, you should see a...

First Aid: 2nd Degree Burn, 2nd degree burns, ccemtp
2nd degree burns, ccemtp, robert bauer: Hi Star I hope you burn is not large, but I always recommend that 2nd degree burns be evaluated by a doctor as they may require some special imstructions and a prescription or 2 based on the type, location, and severity of the burn. I can t instruct...

First Aid: broken rib, broken rib, spasm
broken rib, spasm, ribs: Your rib will have to heal. When you move a certain way it can cause the rib to press against your organs, muscles, nerves, other ribs, this can and usually does cause spasms and pain. It will take time to heal. There isn t much you can do until it heals...

First Aid: Cut Finger, sheers, floral arrangement
sheers, floral arrangement, scab: It depends on how big the chunk is. The shower probably washed away the scab covering the wound. That is what caused it to start bleeding. Keep it clean and covered with a bandage. This will keep the wound from getting infected. It will take a while to heal....

First Aid: glass in my pinky finger, shard of glass, warm salt water
shard of glass, warm salt water, pinky finger: Glass is so sharp sometimes it makes a very small slit that is hard to see with the naked eye. You can soak it in warm salt water several times a day and it will come to the surface. It may take a couple of days. Otherwise, you can pour iodine-like cleanser...

First Aid: gunshot wounds, spleen and stomach, gunshot wounds
spleen and stomach, gunshot wounds, realistic time frame: Charlie, Yes, it is very plausible that he survive. His time in the hospital would be possible, however the time spent in the hospital is no longer dictated by your doctor. Your insurance company now dictates that. They don t care how long you stay. they...

First Aid: medicine, robert bauer, medicine approach
robert bauer, medicine approach, narcotic pain reliever: Cyclobenzaprine, as you may know is a muscle relaxant, it is only intended for short term use. Vicodin is a combination of acetaminophen(Tylenol) and hydrocodone(a narcotic pain reliever). I assume, as you have provided no further information, that you have...

First Aid: numbness follow sutures, thumb pad, finger and thumb
thumb pad, finger and thumb, irregular nature: Hi Mindy, This might have been because a nerve was directly inected uring the process. Sensation should return in time. If it doesnít then consideration has to be givien to the possibility that a nerve was injured at the time of the original cut. You may...

First Aid: Possible Concusion, concusion, cousin
concusion, cousin, doctors: The doctors should have provided you with that information as I am not sure if there is a specific number of hours they should sleep before interrupted. I have heard of people indicating every 4 hours but again, thats only what I have heard people doing....

First Aid: Back pain, muscle spasm, robert bauer
muscle spasm, robert bauer, left hand side: Emma, While I can not say for sure, it does sound like musculoskeletal pain, and a visit to your physician would be warranted, although, a chiropractor would likely be far cheaper, and more effective, if that is the cause. Many times pains like this...

First Aid: Shin, self defense class, ccemtp
self defense class, ccemtp, robert bauer: Well, I can t make any kind of diagnosis, you should definitly consider seeing your doctor, you don t have to go to the emergency room. My mom always waited one day to make sure a bone was broken before taking us to the doctor. I would take some ibuprofen...

First Aid: A snap in my instep..., aerobic class, intense pain
aerobic class, intense pain, safe side: You say there is no swelling in your foot. If there is internal damage it may not swell on the outside. I suggest you follow-up with your primary doctor or the ER. It would not be right for me to speculate on the injury. It could be many things Wong from...

First Aid: stepped on rusty nail, puncture wounds, tetanus vaccine
puncture wounds, tetanus vaccine, ccemtp: Hi Danielle, Simply, you do need to see a doctor, tetanus vaccine should be boosted after a cut, especially a puncture, if you haven t had one in the past 5 years. Puncture wounds are especially prone to infection. If you can t gt into your regular...

First Aid: Tetanus, tetanus shot, foothold
tetanus shot, foothold, family doctor: Ruben, By the time that you start to show symptoms the organism has already gotten a foothold. If you have never had a tetanus shot I would strongly suggest that you contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency room. You may not get tetanus...

First Aid: Tetanus First aid, hydrogen peroxide, tetanus shot
hydrogen peroxide, tetanus shot, question god: Ruben, You did the right treatment. The blade being rusty does increase your chances of tetanus. If you have had a tetanus shot in the past 3-5 years, you should be OK. If not, contact your family doctor for instructions as to whether he/she thinks that...

First Aid: i think my foot is broke, metatarsalgia, big toe
metatarsalgia, big toe, xray: Hi Cassie, If you have swelling and bruising it might be a good idea to see a doctor and get an xray. This may just be something called Metatarsalgia which will take care of itself in time, BUT, that area also has two small bones right under the skin which...

First Aid: my two year olds toenail, podiatrist foot doctor, two year olds
podiatrist foot doctor, two year olds, bar stool: Melissa, I m sorry to hear about your son s injury. If your doctor thinks that it should be removed, you could take him to the Emergency Room. Depending on how comfortable the ER doctor feels in removing the nail, he/she could remove it or you could be...

First Aid: broken foot, excuse spelling, broken foot
excuse spelling, broken foot, tissue damage: Hi Brooke, If your foot is feeling warm and the other isnt, it is often just inflammation. If you see any redness starting at all, contact your doctor immediately as it may require your doctor to assess the causes. Unfortuantely this may not be of significant...

First Aid: CPR On A Woman, dilemma, dummy
dilemma, dummy, good luck: James, Is it because she is female? You would treat her as any other CPR victim. See if anyone has a female CPR dummy and practice on her. If you are CPR certified and have to use it. I feel you will do whatever is necessary and think about it later....

First Aid: cut on arm, tetanus shot, razor blade
tetanus shot, razor blade, antibiotic ointment: You can soak it in warm water and then put some antibiotic ointment on it. Is there only one cut that appears infected? If puss or drainage starts to come out of it, you will have to go to the doctor in order to save your arm. Please seek some professional...

First Aid: Finger Cut, electric shock, nerve endings
electric shock, nerve endings, doctor dave: Hi Aneesh; The fingers have a large amount of nerve endings close to the skin. Both the feeling of electric shock and the feeling of it being hard are actually the nerves responding to your touch. The area where it is numb means the nerves have been affected....

First Aid: Finger Cut, thick yellow discharge, electrical shock
thick yellow discharge, electrical shock, electric shock: Aneesh, It sounds like you may have had a nerve exposed that was causing the electrical shock feeling. You could see your doctor if you wanted, or you could wait and see if it gets better.Just look for infection such as redness and heat to the area or...

First Aid: A fib first aid, reducing blood pressure, blood pressure readings
reducing blood pressure, blood pressure readings, hi john: Hi John; There is early evidence which indicates that slow deep breaths can have an impact on reducing blood pressure readings. I am not familiar with the correlation between holding ones breath and a lowering of blood pressure. I would strongly suggest...

First Aid: foot injury, cruches, foot injury
cruches, foot injury, foot down: I don t care how stubborn-headed he is, he needs to go to the doctor. Ask him if it is worth possibly losing his foot over. He made have broken his foot. The nail no matter if it is rusty or not, needs to be seen. This is especially necessary since he is a...

First Aid: gun shot wound too right side of chest, major blood, gun shot
major blood, gun shot, blood loss: George, I m sorry that it took me so long to answer your question. I was on vacation and marked myself as so, but it sent your question anyway. Well to answer your question. It would depend on what exactly was damaged by the bullet. It it just went...

First Aid: gunshot to lung, caliber bullet, chest cavity
caliber bullet, chest cavity, hemithorax: No, alcohol in this case did not affect the outcome unless she was shot because of something she did while very drunk. She basically bled out . This means she lost so much blood, she could not have survive whether she was sober or drunk. She lost blood in...

First Aid: head traumas, head traumas, tile floor
head traumas, tile floor, bowling ball: Yes. You may have damage that doesn t show up for a long time. It is especially dangerous if you blacked out or were unconscious for any length of time. You can explain this to your primary doctor and he/she can order a CT scan of your head and see if there...

First Aid: Large and badly embedded splinter, tetanus shot, fingertip
tetanus shot, fingertip, x ray: Josh, Let me tell you what the possibilities are, The splinter may work out on its own. The splinter could be encapsulated by your body and remain there without causing you any problems. The area could get a severe infection requiring that...

First Aid: metal in thumb, antibiotic ointment, next level
antibiotic ointment, next level, thumb: Hi Caroline; I wouldn t worry about poisoning right away. The question is; Will the tissue around the metal become inflamed causing redness and swelling? Depending on the depth of the metal, it should gradually work its way to the surface. If you keep...

First Aid: Naval Piercing, belly button, puss
belly button, puss, allergic reaction: Hi Cecilia Take the piercing out, clean with isopropyl alcohol and let dry. It sounds like you have a local infection, so this is the first place to start. While the piercing is out, also clean and dry the piercing site. Try this for 3-5 days. If...

First Aid: Nerve Damage?, waterproof tape, antibiotic ointment
waterproof tape, antibiotic ointment, going to the doctor: It sounds as though you may be having a reaction to the tape. Are you sure you didn t put the tape on too tight? Continue with the antibiotic ointment, bandaid and tape, but take off the bandage and let it air out for a while each day. It should improve....

First Aid: Smashed finger/glass cut, sanitation worker, smashed finger
sanitation worker, smashed finger, knuckle area: Paula, I agree with your husband. With his line of work there is a good chance that it has become infected. He has has not had one in the past 3-5 years, he will need a tetanus shot. I would suggest that he see a doctor to have the injuries evaluated....

First Aid: Swollen Foot, insect bites, stress injury
insect bites, stress injury, period pains: Sally, There are many things that would cause what you describe. I am wonder if you have some type of a stress injury. The only way to tell is with an X-Ray. Has your feet every swollen with your period before? May women retain water with their period....

First Aid: stiches, soppose, seepage
soppose, seepage, stitches: Hi Anthony, Well it depends on when you got the stitches, where they are and I suppose how many. Usually stitches will not bleed, but a little seepage should not be cause for alarm. If you have any concerns, call the Doctor..Above all, keep the area clean...

First Aid: Toe Nail Ripped Off, ripped toe nail
ripped toe nail: Trying soaking the foot before you take the bandage off. It will help to loosen the bandage. It is painful because when you pull the bandage off, you are irritating the toe and may be pulling skin with it. Keep it dry, clean, covered and if you have an...

First Aid: table saw v. fingers, change areas, bone damage
change areas, bone damage, don hi: Hi Don; Pain is always proportionate to the injury..Sorry to hear about this and glad you literally dogged a bullet. My guess on the swelling abating would be roughly 3-4 weeks before you notice a change. Areas like the fingers/toes take longer.. ...

First Aid: toe injury, antibiotic ointment, toe injury
antibiotic ointment, toe injury, pallet: Keep the toe clean. You can soak it in some warm water. Put an antibiotic ointment and a clean dressing over it. You probably felt faint due to the shock and rush of blood from your foot. The pressure from the pallet pushed the blood from your foot causing...

First Aid: Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide in the medical field, uses of hydrogen peroxide, medical kit
uses of hydrogen peroxide, medical kit, h2o2: Kinross, Hydrogen Peroxide is used to clean wounds. It will foam if placed on anything bloody. This will cause any dirt that might be in a wound to be brought to the surface where it can be wiped off. It is also good for getting blood out of clothing....

First Aid: Worried I am in a prodrome state, social anxiety disorder, guidance counselor
social anxiety disorder, guidance counselor, bachelors of science: Have you discussed this with your therapist? You have a lot going on. Especially with multiple diagnosis. Talk to your therapist and explain about your fears and concerns. Without knowing your full history, I couldn t recommend a lot. Your therapist would...

First Aid: ATV accident, hard hit on chest, chest protectors, seeing stars
chest protectors, seeing stars, sternum: Hi Arthur; Impacts like these can create a couple of issues. The first, which obviously you don t have, is that the impact is so hard it inflicts injury to the heart. The second is damage to the sternum and ribs which can in turn damage the lung. Since...

First Aid: child allergy attack, allergy attack, fried shrimp
allergy attack, fried shrimp, food allergy: I hope this helps. My answers are in CAPS. 1) Does that scenario seem plausible? YES, IT DOES. 2) That length of time--an hour between eating and when the kid coughs/wheezes, will that work? my story is flexible re time. NO, THE CHILD WOULD HAVE...

First Aid: cut my left thumb, tiny blisters, topical antibiotic
tiny blisters, topical antibiotic, sushi knife: Hi Jackson; Given the wound was deep and clean, the presence of blisters and the scab over the wound would indicate fluid under the surface creating the blisters. The fact that the wound is seeping with a bit of yellow would indicate a level of infection....

First Aid: Depressed fracture of skull, depressed fracture, change in the weather
depressed fracture, change in the weather, catscan: You could ask your doctor about a CT (Cat Scan)? But unless there have been changes in the pains, you should be fine. The problems would have develop when you were a child. Fractures and/or injury could react to a change in the weather. Talk with your primary...

First Aid: Dog Bite Numb Fingertip, rabies exposure, middle knuckle
rabies exposure, middle knuckle, nerve damage: Hi Ashley; The numbness and tingling would indicate that some of the nerves in the finger were affected by the puncture. Additionally, since the bones of the knuckle were involved they will also radiate pain and possibly numbness. Both of these issues...

First Aid: finger/nerve damage, nerve endings, nerve damage
nerve endings, nerve damage, dog bite: Hi Paul; Since the fingers have a great deal of nerve endings close to the skin, this type of injury affects the nerve endings and causes the sensation and shock you are talking about. It will take a little longer for the sensation to go away. Dave...

First Aid: Gunshot Wound to Arm, caliber pistol, gunshot wound
caliber pistol, gunshot wound, dental floss: The key to being able to tie it off is that one can see the bleeding vessel. Given that we are dealing with a gun shot wound we could extrapolate that the tissue damage is such that the vessel would be exposed. On a scale of 1-10, given the gun shot wound...

First Aid: Gunshot Wound in Arm, gun shot wounds, gunshot wound
gun shot wounds, gunshot wound, bone damage: Hi, I have placed the answers throughout your email beside your questions. I hope I didn t miss anything. Hope it helps!! I have a character who, as currently written, suffers a gun-shot wound from a ricocheting bullet--through the left arm (no artery...

First Aid: Hairline Fracture, hairline fracture, rib fracture
hairline fracture, rib fracture, codeine: Stephanie, It should not hurt you to work however as you have found it can be painful. The question will be can you stand the discomfort? As long as you can do without taking the Codeine, I would do so, but that is just my opinion. The rib fracture should...

First Aid: Hand slammed in sliding car door of Minivan, pinky finger, hand contusion
pinky finger, hand contusion, strange sensation: Tracey, This could be just that the nerve was traumatized and will take a little time to recover. If it does not subside in a few more days I would contact the doctor and see how he/she wants to proceed. ...

First Aid: Involuntary hospitalization of psych patient, mental health facility, involuntary hospitalization
mental health facility, involuntary hospitalization, mental health problems: Does she show any signs of wanting to hurt herself or others? i.e. hoarding pills, giving away any of her prized possessions, suddenly withdrawing from family or friends. The concerned friend could call the police (911) or a crisis line. The police would...

First Aid: severed arm, trauma surgeon, weird dreams
trauma surgeon, weird dreams, cold temperatures: Hi Andrea; Cauterizing the blood vessels in a wound to seal the ends does work and is actually used in operating rooms today. While the instrument is not a frying pan nevertheless the principle and application of heat does work. If the arm was severed...

First Aid: Very tip of finger cut by electric trimmers, trimming shrubs, hydrogen peroxide
trimming shrubs, hydrogen peroxide, pus discharge: Ron, The main thing that you need to look for is infection. If his finger or hand should get hot and red, with or without a pus discharge then he will need to be placed on some antibiotics. Good Luck...

First Aid: Unusual uses for Basic Equipment, gunshot wounds, sanitary napkins
gunshot wounds, sanitary napkins, blood pressure cuff: Hi KB....Lets see....Just a couple off the top of my head 1. Sanitary napkins are great trauma pads 2. Tampons are great for stopping bleeding for gunshot wounds and some large puncture wounds...just stuff them in the hole and they stop the bleeding ...

First Aid: Circulatory shock, vlad the impaler, vlad tepes
vlad the impaler, vlad tepes, circulatory shock: John, This will depend mostly on how much blood is lost. If the impalement severs a major vessel and causes considerable bleeding the shock could be instant. In the middle ages a man named Vlad Tepes or Vlad the impaler who we later knew as Dracula...

First Aid: CUT Finger, tetanus shot, cooking in the kitchen
tetanus shot, cooking in the kitchen, rule of thumb: Medhaj, A good rule of thumb (no pun intended) is that if what you cut yourself with was something dirty or had been in the ground and you have not had a tetanus shot in the past 3 years, then you will need one. However if it was a clean knife you should...

First Aid: Cuts, accurate appraisal, blood supply
accurate appraisal, blood supply, couple hours: Rebecca, It sounds like the tip of his finger lost it s blood supply and died. If it was just a small piece it will probably grow back. Not seeing it, it if impossible for me to tell. The doctor will be able to give the family a more accurate appraisal....

First Aid: cut finger, sterile bandage, signs of infection
sterile bandage, signs of infection, baby finger: If you cleaned it and put a sterile bandage on it, it should be fine. Watch for redness, swelling, and/or drainage-- these are signs of infection. If you see any signs of infection see your medical professional ASAP. It will be sore for a while. That is...

First Aid: EMT to ER handoff, emt paramedic, neuro surgeons
emt paramedic, neuro surgeons, cardiac monitor: KB, The Paramedic would be able to place the victim on the the cardiac monitor and be able to interpret the rhythm, start an IV and give any medications that would need to be given such as pain medication or intubate the victim if necessary. The EMT would...

First Aid: EMTs and RSI..., obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma attack: KB. Succinycholine lasts about 6 minutes if given as a bolus. There are other agents that last 40-60 minutes. If you could not get the person intubated they would just be ventilated until the drug wore off. Any breathing problems were be treated that...

First Aid: ER MD, christmas hope, associates degree
christmas hope, associates degree, educational institution: Hi Morgan, I suggest you check with your local recognized educational institution for accurate information as it varies from one country to another. You appear to be in the USA which would have different specifics than that of Canada (where I am). ...

First Aid: knife wound to back, punctured lung, ribcage
First Aid: knife wound to back, punctured lung, ribcage, exhalation

First Aid: first aid question, painful stimuli, secondary assessment
painful stimuli, secondary assessment, emergency problems: Initial Assessment is: Initial assessment is generally quick and fast. making sure the scene is safe for you to approach the person/s. what is your general impression of the person. what is their injury or illness. what is the age and sex of the person....

First Aid: Gunshot Wound to Abdoment, pain relief medication, signs of infection
pain relief medication, signs of infection, iv fluids: Hi Cha; Under those assumptions, depending on the caliber, the victim would be conscious and in no immediate danger except for shock. Pain would be intense so movement would be limited. In the ER, bleeding would be controlled, IV fluids started, pain relief...

First Aid: gunshot wound shoulder, point blank range, gunshot wound
point blank range, gunshot wound, nerve damage: Hi Jason; Sorry for the delay in responding. The numbness and lack of strength in the arm would indicate some level of damage to the nerves. Time will tell what degree of feeling and strengthen will return. On the treatment, I would hope that you had...

First Aid: Head injury, bleeding in the brain, injury occured
bleeding in the brain, injury occured, severe headaches: Hi Kelsey, Thank you for taking the time to ask question. This is not a clear cut answer but I hope that it will give you some insight. Depending on the intensity of the injury, you could have immediate damage or damage that would become obvious when...

First Aid: knife wound to back, short moment, rib cage
short moment, rib cage, lungs: It depends on how deep the stab is as to how much damage is done. If the lung collapses. They were will probably put a chest in to draw out the blood and relieve the pressure. Then the lung can re-inflate. It depends on how much damage is done as to how long...

First Aid: knife wound to back, collapsed lungs, lung injury
collapsed lungs, lung injury, short moment: Hi Zahra; Keeping the lungs clear and watching for infection would be the next level of aftercare. The puncture wound should be healing well by now and would be bandaged with a 5 x 9 dressing to control any drainage. Deep breathing exercises would need...

First Aid: pain in stomache,chest, back with a fever, blood cell count, white blood cell
blood cell count, white blood cell, blood cultures: Brynn, I m very sorry to hear that you children are ill. I would guess that the pain is probably caused by the fever. The fever is an indications of some type of infection, however you say that all the lab work came back normal. An infection would have...

First Aid: sedating 5-y-o child, oral sedative, allergy attack
oral sedative, allergy attack, cold medication: The villain could simply give the child either Benadryl or a cold medication (with Benadyl in it)and the child would sleep. Generally the child would sleep for a while without any side effects. Unfortunately some parents do this in real life, so their children...

First Aid: Writer - how to treat minor gunshot wound, writing a play, major blood
writing a play, major blood, gunshot: Hi R; As long as the projectile did not strike a major blood vessel your character could make it a small distance home. There are a couple of treatment options you could use. The first would be direct pressure to stop the bleeding then adding additional...

First Aid: Atrial Fibrillation, 120 bpm, cause stroke
120 bpm, cause stroke, wafarin: Frank, What you are describing sounds like you are going into a heart rhythm called Atrial Fibrillation. When this happens it has an elevated chance of causing blood clots that could travel to the brain and/or heart and cause stroke or heart attack....

First Aid: boils, furuncle boil, ichthammol ointment 20
furuncle boil, ichthammol ointment 20, cusumano: Hi Rick, Now a days with the proliferation of MRSA, I would have this treated professionally with drainage and antibiotics. Now, if this a small abscess, the ichthammol ointment would be OK but if it is a large one, I would defer to the former treatment...

First Aid: burn on tongue or cheek, ambesol, ccemtp
ambesol, ccemtp, robert bauer: Al, Thanks for your question, first of all... I can t really answer this without first stating the obvious. You need to exercise caution when consuming hot beverages. Please allow them to cool to a safe temperature before consumption. If you do happen...

First Aid: burn on tongue or cheek, oragel, al brown
oragel, al brown, hot tea: Al, You might try some of the over the counter medications for babies that are teething, such as oragel. They would keep the burned area numb till it would heal. Good Luck ...

First Aid: Cut finger- first aid, hydrogen peroxide, moon shape
hydrogen peroxide, moon shape, signs of infection: Hi Daniel, That picture looks like a cut that doesnít need stitches. I would watch for signs of infection though ( redness, heat, increasing pain and swelling). If those things happen it needs to be looked at. In the meanwhile just keep it clean with soap...

First Aid: Fell on bike, my ribs hurt, cracked ribs, x ray
cracked ribs, x ray, family doctor: Diego, You possibly could have pulled a muscle, or you could have some broken or cracked ribs. The only way to know for sure is get an X-Ray. I would recommend that you see your family doctor or go to your local Emergency Room. ...

First Aid: First Aid- should I go in to a doctor or no?, otc pain relievers, pinky toe
otc pain relievers, pinky toe, bone fragments: Courtney, Unfortunately your right... You do need to see the doctor. That s not to say anyone can do anything for it, but the pain is greatest in your joint so I would want to make sure no bone fragments need removed If you don t go, splint it to the...

First Aid: Silvadene Cream, local health food store, health food store
First Aid: Silvadene Cream, local health food store, health food store, natural antibiotic

First Aid: first aid, robert bauer, snake bite
robert bauer, snake bite, venomous species: Determine that the snake is no longer present. Ask if the person saw the snake. If it is KNOWN to be a non-venomous species, then wash with soap and water and treat any lacerations. If it is venomous, keep the person comfortable, apply a dressing...

First Aid: Gash on left calf, wounds
wounds: They should wash their hands and put on gloves. Has the school asked you to provide the dressings? If so, you will need sterile dressings, these are the ones in individual packages. Sterile dressings will protect your wounds from getting infected. Are you...

First Aid: Head bumps, small pupils, head bumps
small pupils, head bumps, minor bumps: The ice compress causes the swelling to shrink and sometimes go elsewhere. Swelling on the head can be and is sometimes dangerous. There may be swelling on the inside pushing against the brain. If they fall from a great distance, take them to the hospital...

First Aid: infecte finger?, antibiotic ointment, new skin
antibiotic ointment, new skin, dead skin: Hi Brooke, At 4 weeks, infection is highly unlikely. What you are seeing is fresh tissue that will be both warm and red. I would not use any antibiotic ointment. As a matter of fact, if you were referring to triple antibiotic or Neosporin, I would toss it....

First Aid: Loss of consciousness from bleeding, chronic heart failure, groin area
chronic heart failure, groin area, kidney failure: Hi Max, It is really hard to say, in theory, untreated, just a matter of minutes could be fatal if the femoral artery is comprimised in a manner that can not or is not being controlled properly. With direct pressure elevation and oxygen, someone could...

First Aid: Lower right rib trauma, ccemtp, robert bauer
ccemtp, robert bauer, competitive tennis: Kathryn, I think it best that you go to the ER and be checked. You could possibly cracked a rib, and on your right side in that area, your liver could have been injured as well; although you say it is toward the back, it is still possible. Tennis balls...

First Aid: Poor Healing Cuts, massive outbreak, old scars
massive outbreak, old scars, self harming: Then I am not sure why they are taking a longer time to heal. Some psychiatrist are quick to try and solve everything with pills instead of trying to find out why people do what they do. My niece was a cutter. She said she cut to make the pain in her life...

First Aid: Silvadene Cream, silver sulfadiazine, third degree burn
silver sulfadiazine, third degree burn, first aid kit: Amanda, Hi, and thanks for your question. Silver Sulfadiazine (Silvadene) is a commonly used ointment. Unfortunately, it is a prescription so does require a prescription. A couple of points should be made here. I am assuming that these are all small...

First Aid: Smashed thumbnail, smashed finger
smashed finger: It is different for each person. For some, the thumbnail never falls off, but it also stops growing due the nailbed being damaged. For some the nail falls off in a month or two as a new one grows in its place. It just depends on your body and how damaged...

First Aid: survivable gunshot wound for film project, gunshot wound, entrance 3
gunshot wound, entrance 3, film project: Hi Mikel, Iím sorry you felt I did not have the knowledge to answer your question. Actually it isnít about my lack of knowledge. To you this scenrio seems straight forward, however, there are so many variables that the answer would be too long and complicated...

First Aid: bruised knuckle, bowling balls, old bowling
bowling balls, old bowling, bowling alley: Mary Jo, If he is using that hand I would say that it should be OK. If it hurt he would not want to use it. If you have concern you can always go to your family doctor or local Emergency Room for an X-Ray. Roge...

First Aid: concussion?, signs of a concussion, classic signs
signs of a concussion, classic signs, playing soccer: Lissa, Yes, you son was showing the classic signs of a head injury. The only way to diagnose and tell the severity of a head injury is with a cat scan, anything else is just a guess. As far as the protocol, I would contact the administration for your...

First Aid: cut on finger joint, index finger, bandage
index finger, bandage, good luck: Because of where it is it will take longer to heal. You can try to keep bandaged during the day and take the bandage off at night. This will help you to not bent it as much, but you still need to bend it periodically, so the skin can stretch. Good Luck...

First Aid: Deep cut to left thumb, finger nail, tetanus
finger nail, tetanus, stitches: Sheree, I would keep it covered for at least 10 days. If it is sore after that, you can still keep it covered if it is more comfortable. As far as the nail growing back, it should but nail does not grow very fast and it may take a month or so for it to...

First Aid: Deep wound/sutures/aftercare, deep wound, seepage
deep wound, seepage, sutures: If it is still seeping, you can keep it covered with a clean bandage. The seepage is probably not due to the Neosporin, it is probably to the wound still draining. Keeping your knee/leg straight for 2 weeks will not make it harder to bend once the stitches...

First Aid: First Aid Kit for Gunshot Wounds?, first aid kit, gunshot wounds
first aid kit, gunshot wounds, gunshot wound: Chris, It would all depend on where the bullet wound was and how close the bullet was to the surface. Most of the time the bullet is deep and would require surgical intervention to treat the damage that was caused by the bullet. While it is not totally...

First Aid: cut on finger joint, poor circulation, index finger
First Aid: cut on finger joint, poor circulation, index finger, blood vessel

First Aid: Hit my head, weird sensation, cat scan
weird sensation, cat scan, family doctor: Dina, I don t want to contradict your family doctor however, I would not wait 2 weeks if you are still having symptoms. If you are dizzy, start vomiting, get a very bad headache or it becomes difficult for you to walk a straight line, you will need a...

First Aid: head trama, head trama, emergency room
head trama, emergency room, little time: audrea, I would give it a little more time. You may have gotten some blood under the skin that may take a little time to be absorbed. As long as you don t have any other problems such as vomiting, severer headache or not being able to walk straight, you...

First Aid: help please, first aid kits, health and safety
first aid kits, health and safety, pills: Hi Aurax, Unfortunately I cannot comment as you are in Venezuela and the laws may be different than where I am located. I recommend you contact the issuer of the first aid kits or check your health and safety manual to see what the first aid kits shoulc...

First Aid: help please, first aid kits, pills
first aid kits, pills, venezuela: Here that is concerned practicing without a license. I could go to jail and lose my license. If the person is going to take a pill, he or she should get the bottle themselves and then take the pill themselves. Then you and/or the manager would not get...

First Aid: help please, pain medicines, first aid kits
pain medicines, first aid kits, mild pain: Hi Aurax, I donít know the laws in Venezuaela that govern the taking of medicines on the job. In the US, mild pain medicines are kept for workers and they take them if they want them. You should find out the policy of your store headquarters about that. That...

First Aid: help please, first aid kits, liabilities
first aid kits, liabilities, pills: Aurax, I don t know about Venezuela, but in the United States this disclaimer is used quite frequently. I don t know what Venezuela law says about it. If that is your question, you might contact your companies lawyer and see what liabilities would come...

First Aid: help please, first aid kits, pills
first aid kits, pills, craig: Hi, I am in the United States, so, I can t speak with any certainty of your country....If I were you, I would never give anyone any pills without a Doctors say so. If they had a reaction to anything, they could blame you....But then again, I don t know the...

First Aid: oil in eye, sterile water, freon
sterile water, freon, refrigerant: Janice. There are 2 main things in a vehicle A/C system. A refrigerant (usually a form of Freon) and a lubricant (usually linseed oil). If his face was close to were this was coming out he could have gotten the escaping freon in his eyes. That could cause...

First Aid: please help!, ways to relieve stress, stress reliever
ways to relieve stress, stress reliever, question thanks: Hi Emily, If you have the urge to hurt yourself, please go to the hospital and explain that you feel suicidal. I know this is not the case. They will NOT help you if you don t say that. Sometimes you have to say things to get help before you get worse....

First Aid: please help!, mental health expert, mental health center
mental health expert, mental health center, local mental health: Emily, My suggestion would be to contact your family doctor. He will be able to refer you to a mental health expert that will be able to help you. If you don t feel comfortable in going to your family doctor you can go to your local emergency room. A...

First Aid: Theoretical injuries for story, back injury, soft tissue
back injury, soft tissue, stretcher: Rosy, If it did not enter the hip it could just go through soft tissue (muscle and skin). If if did not hit bone or any vessels that would bleed, the wound would probably just be cleaned out and allowed to heal. The injury to the back would be transported...

First Aid: Bike accident, grass clippings, cracked ribs
grass clippings, cracked ribs, road rash: Yes, you do have road rash. It looks good. It appears to be healing. What you are doing is correct by keeping it clean and putting an antibiotic ointment on it. You probably did put your arm down to protect yourself and that may be why it appears worse. ...

First Aid: cut finger on tablesaw, neosprin, plain soap
neosprin, plain soap, soap and water: Hi Norval, Thw white is from too much tissue moisture. Do not use neosporin. It is a skin toxin and can cause worsening of the wound. Plain soap and water is enough. Cover with a bandaid and allow it to heal. I trust you can move the finger without weakness...

First Aid: DEEP DUT IN THE HAND ABOVE THE PALM, incident occured, gauze
incident occured, gauze, dut: Hi Denise, Without seeing the wound it is a hard call as to whether or not there are any concerns; however, from what it sounds like, go to the emergency. Since this occured a number of hours ago, this may not be of help but should it start bleeding,...

First Aid: First aid response, mile marker, response question
mile marker, response question, compressions: If you feel safe stopping to help. Then stop and give CPR if the person is not breathing and does not have a heartbeat. The second part of your question is answered by saying that the new guidelines are 30 compressions to 2 breaths for CPR. If you WITNESS...

First Aid: Navel,(Belly button) pouring flow, antifungal cream, fingure
antifungal cream, fingure, soap and water: Hi Vijay, This is likely a fungal infection. Wash your navel well with regular soap and water; use a Q-tip if needed. DRY it well. Try putting an antifungal cream in the navel daily, washing the navel between applications of the cream and see if that resolves...

First Aid: Punctured a hole between my thumb and index finger by a pipette, glass pipette, index finger
glass pipette, index finger, doing the right thing: Ferrera, As far as to why it is still swollen, I really don t know. I am assuming that when your stitches were taken out that they looked at it to make sure that it was not getting infected. If your stitches are out, you should be able to wash your hand....

First Aid: is there a problem if i ignore a tiny wooden piece which pierced in my thumb, wooden ladder, medical treatment
wooden ladder, medical treatment, thumb: Dan, If you leave it in, it might be worked out by itself. As long as it does not get infected, and that is always a possibility. If it does not get infected your body with incapsulate it and you will always have in. If the area starts to get red and swollen...

First Aid: stagnated healing of burned foot after 3 weeks, silver sulfadiazine, 3rd degree burn
silver sulfadiazine, 3rd degree burn, sulfadine: Hi Robert, This burn needs to have whirlpool therapy to complete healing. The Silver sulfadine needs to be changed THREE times a day, not twice. I trust that you are not using ďtriple antibioticĒ or neosporin on it. That can almost always make a skin condition...

First Aid: thumb issue, thumb side, ingrown nail
thumb side, ingrown nail, washing dishes: It could be one of many things. As you said it could be an ingrown nail, or you could have gotten a splinter in it, or a small cut, or you could have be bitten by something. Have you tried soaking it in Epsom salt with warm water? As for websites: check...

First Aid: tick bite mark, springvale maine, inner leg
springvale maine, inner leg, tick borne disease: Hi Michelle, Nothing topical will do much good. I would stay away from neosporin or triple antibiotic as those can worsen skin problems. I would just apply warm moist compresses to the area. That may work wonders. If you start to have muscle aches, rash or...

First Aid: 21 year old son home from Marines, proud bunch, sleeping pills
proud bunch, sleeping pills, hair trigger: It is called co-dependency. The person is looking for someone to rescue or help. They usually put themselves last in everything, because they are trying to save the world. He does need counseling. It may take him a bit to realize that, but hopefully he...

First Aid: Cut Finger, bandaid, antibiotic ointment
bandaid, antibiotic ointment, question thanks: Ice is good in the first few hours. Swelling is from the trauma. Keeping it clean and putting an antibiotic ointment on it and covering it with a dressing/bandaid should help. If it is swollen and draining, yes see the doctor. If it is just swollen, you can...

First Aid: Cut on foot, hydrogen peroxide, skin flap
hydrogen peroxide, skin flap, metal flower: April, If the wound gets infected it will always become red, warm or hot to the touch and it should be painful. If the wound it open, it will drain pus.If it doesn t show signs of infection in a few days you should be OK. You might contact your family...

First Aid: Found tick on my stomach, pant legs, blood blister
pant legs, blood blister, first encounter: Hi Linda, Usually not. As long as the area doesnít get more red and swollen and you donít develope muscle aches, fever and fatigue there is nothing to do. Should those symptoms appear, you will need antibiotics. In the future, you may want to ďballoonď your...

First Aid: kitten bite - outside, doctor asap, drugs without a prescription
First Aid: kitten bite - outside, doctor asap, drugs without a prescription, peroxide

First Aid: finger, thorn bush, epsom salt
thorn bush, epsom salt, warm water: How long ago did you fall into the bush? I would guess with it swollen and painful to move you may have gotten something in it. Did you get a thorn or anything in your finger? You may have gotten a thorn in it and not realize it. Try soaking it in a bowl...

First Aid: finger cut, cutter blade, antibiotic cream
cutter blade, antibiotic cream, sterile dressing: Keep it clean, dry, and use an antibiotic cream/ointment to help prevent infection and cover it with a clean, sterile dressing/bandage. It should be fine. If it becomes, red, swollen, and has drainage or an odor seek medical attention immediately--those are...

First Aid: fingernail, peroxide, sea salt
peroxide, sea salt, fungus: Hi Carolyn, If you are finding that your doctors treatment isn t working, you should let them know so they can look into it a bit further. That is great that you are using peroxide. As long as you see bubbles/froth in the peroxide, it is cleaning out...

First Aid: first aid for high fever, old order amish, groin area
old order amish, groin area, high fever: Keep her warm. Put a cool cloth on their forehead, at the back of the neck, and in the groin area to help cool them down. Protect her from injuring herself (from the seizures). The most important is what you did--get them to the hospital immediately. You can...

First Aid: Gunshot wound to shoulder, collarbone, left shoulder
collarbone, left shoulder, gunshot: Paula, What I have been told is about 8-10 weeks post surgery. Depending on her age and exactly what has been damaged and to what extent, she could have a full recovery with no problems or she could develop arthritis for the rest of her life. ...

First Aid: hand care, hand grip, medical supply
hand grip, medical supply, fists: There is a hand grip some people use. It is generally made by an orthopedics because it is molded to the person s hands and grips. You can also roll up a small towel into a roll and put it in her hands. The reasons they are used is to keep the person s...

First Aid: kitten bite - outside, e mycin, cellulitis
e mycin, cellulitis, kitten: Christy, If it has been 3 week and you are OK, I would say that everything should fine. If you were to get infected you would be seeing symptoms before now. Good Luck Roge...

First Aid: ribs, brain injury, ribs
brain injury, ribs, fever: Maddy, While getting hit in the ribs could make you feel like you need to vomit, it should make you have a fever. That is usually caused by an infection or possibly a brain injury, so unless you were struck in the head by the shot put, you might be coming...

First Aid: Sliced part of finger off, neosporin, gauze
neosporin, gauze, index finger: Amber, You might try having your mother soak her hand in a basin of warm water for a few minutes to loosen up the blood. This should do better than running water over it. Good Luck ...

First Aid: Sliced part of finger off, hydrogen peroxide, mild damage
hydrogen peroxide, mild damage, neosporin: Hydrogen Peroxide can sometimes cause mild damage to open wounds. Without knowing the severity of the wound, I would recommend trying the luke warm water first. Neosporin helps with both wound healing and preventing infection. Once the remaining gauze is...

First Aid: Sliced part of the finger off, skin irritant, signs of infection
skin irritant, signs of infection, soap and water: Hi Amber, Leave the gauze where it is and keep it bandaged for protection and bleeding control. DO NOT use neosporin (or trpile antibiotic) for ANYTHING as it is a serious skin irritant. Simple remove what bandage you can and wash the area with regular soap...

First Aid: Stab Wound treatment, stab wound, wound treatment
stab wound, wound treatment, skin 2: Bonnie, If the wound involved the skin only then there would be 1 layer of sutures. If the underlying muscle was also cut, then there would be sutures in the muscle, then a layer to close the skin (2 layers. It would be treated prehospital by a bandage...

First Aid: wound from thorn inside the tip of finger, thorn of the rose, epsom salt
thorn of the rose, epsom salt, rose plant: Have you tried to soak it in warm Epsom salt water. This may help draw out anything left in the finger. Otherwise, you may need to consult with a medical professional. It sounds as if the finger is infected. Keeping it clean and with an antibiotic cream...

First Aid: BROKEN NAIL, acrylic tips, antibiotic ointments
acrylic tips, antibiotic ointments, broken nail: You may to go to a medical facility to have it removed. It should be easy to remove with a little discomfort. If not, try to apply some antibiotic cream and a bandage to hold the nail in place. They make antibiotic ointments with pain relievers in them. ...

First Aid: broken nail left big toe, broken nail, big toe
broken nail, big toe, bandaid: Hi Michael-Julian, Let it grow out and clip it off as it advances. Donít clip it back to where it is broken or that will set up a potential problem with ingrowth of the nail. Keep it covered with a bandaid to keep it from additional shoe trauma or getting...

First Aid: cut above knucle with a knife, tetanus shot, express care
tetanus shot, express care, stitches: Matthew, If the wound is over the knuckle then you will probably need stitches. Since the knuckle joint moves it will put stress on the wound and keep opening it. If you have not had a tetanus shot in the past 3-5 years you will probably need one. You...

First Aid: cut fingernail, nail bed, stitches
nail bed, stitches, garlic: Hi Susan, To be honest, I have absolutely no idea.....Did you lose any of the tip of your finger or just the nail and nail bed????Did you need stitches????in any case keep it clean and bandaged and check for infection. I am sorry that I can not be of much...

First Aid: cut fingernail, disposable vinyl gloves, sterile gauze
First Aid: cut fingernail, disposable vinyl gloves, sterile gauze, tetanus shot

First Aid: swollen/sore knuckle, little finger, xray
First Aid: swollen/sore knuckle, little finger, xray, elbow

First Aid: gunshot wound, caliber handgun, skull fracture
caliber handgun, skull fracture, gunshot wounds: Dean, The proper treatment would be to apply direct pressure to the wound. This could be done with the bare hand, a shirt, or a bandage if available. By doing this contamination should not be a problem, the would be cleaned in the Emergency Room anyway....

First Aid: nerve damage to both index fingers, insect bite, index fingers
insect bite, index fingers, nerve damage: Hello Robert; Not a quick and easy answer on this. If injury or insect bite can be ruled out, then the cause might be prolonged clenching of your fists at night without knowing it. Depending on age, weather, etc. arthritis could also be the culprit. ...

First Aid: pain in lower left side of lung, hard to breath, pain in lower left side, kindney
pain in lower left side, kindney, hard to breath: Hi Kenneth, what you describe could be anything from a muscle pull to something serious.....Get to an emergency room or a Doctor right away, without any history or knowing any of your medical problems it s hard to answer your question.....Good luck, and if...

First Aid: road rash, road rash, wash my back
road rash, wash my back, neosporin: Donna, I would keep the neosporin on and change the bandages at least daily, This will keep the chances of infection down as well as keep the tissue moist while it heals. I am assuming by your name of Donna that you are female and are worried about scaring....

First Aid: Son sliced skin from foot, antibiotic ointment, emergency center
antibiotic ointment, emergency center, small portion: The skin will probably come off. A scar will form to cover the wound. Until then cover the site with an antibiotic ointment and a clean bandaid/bandage. Try to keep it clean and dry until it heals. I know with small children that is easier said than done....

First Aid: STERNUM INJURY, blunt trauma, sternum
blunt trauma, sternum, xray: Hi Sheena, Actually, your doctorís advice is good. Blunt trauma to the sternum can cause pain and difficulty breathing for weeks. As long as the xray was negative, you havenít noticed fever and havenít coughed up blood, there is nothing left to do but to...

First Aid: I was Stuck by THORN or SPIKES from a PLAM TREE, puncture wounds
puncture wounds: Did you clean out the wounds? You should clean them with warm water and soap. Cover them with an antibiotic ointment and bandages. It sounds like they made be infected. It you notice a red streak coming from them, drainage, and/or develop a fever-- seek...

First Aid: stitches out 5 days ago, still painful, scar tissue, washing dishes
scar tissue, washing dishes, glass pieces: Hi Kelly, Thanks for the photo. This kind of thing helps me immeasurably. That looks like scar tissue. I would gently massage the scar every day. That will lessen pain and reduce swelling. Pain at a suture site can last for weeks but will usually resolve...

First Aid: swollen/sore knuckle, fractured finger, ring finger
fractured finger, ring finger, x ray: Erica, Without and X-Ray it is impossible to tell if it is broken, however there really isn t much that you can do for a fractured finger other than tape them together. I would just take some over the counter pain medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen...

First Aid: Accidental cigarette burn to arm, aloe vera gel, gauze pad
aloe vera gel, gauze pad, fresh flesh: Hi Sue, Usually the treatment for burns would be simply using polysporin for burns and cover with a non-stick gauze pad and secure. If it is an open wound (fresh flesh can be seen) then do not wash or apply ice. Once it has closed up with a scab then...

First Aid: anaphylaxis, latex allergy, drs office
latex allergy, drs office, lights and siren: Ann, What they are afraid of is that if they wait too long that they may not be able to intubate you with the swelling in your face and throat. You can go from have a good airway to being completely closed off in a very short time. If that happens they...

First Aid: burn 2nd degree scar, burns unit, intelligent answer
burns unit, intelligent answer, expert area: Anita, I really don t know the answer to your question. You might contact the doctor that treated you for your burn, or if you know a plastic surgeon in your area, he/she might give you a more intelligent answer. I do know that sometimes the skin that...

First Aid: Cut Finger, layers of skin, band aid
layers of skin, band aid, power tool: Phillip, You can just keep a Band-Aid on it. Just make sure that you change the Band-Aid when it gets dirty or wet. If you have not had a tetanus shot in more than 3-5 years. I would consider getting one. ...

First Aid: cracked ribbs, pain medication, cartilage
pain medication, cartilage, deep breaths: Hi Christine; These type of injuries often take at least a couple of weeks before you can resume your normal activities. You can gauge your own progress as the pain experienced with a deep breath will gradually be less and less. I would also suggest using...

First Aid: cut on forehead, throbing, closer to the surface
throbing, closer to the surface, bandaid: Ronda, Cuts to the head bleed a lot because the blood vessels are closer to the surface. If it is deep you may to have it looked at and maybe either stitched or glued closed, because of the possibility of a scar on the forehead. Throbbing is normal. You...

First Aid: Dealing With A Stab Wound, john ambulance brigade, st john ambulance brigade
john ambulance brigade, st john ambulance brigade, st john ambulance: Hi Eric, Yes you are correct. The reason is conceptually the same as swalling poison that burns. Always burns more coming back up then it does going down the first time. Same idea, more damage when removing. Also, when the weapon has been inserted,...

First Aid: EMT, flu vaccines, paramedic level
flu vaccines, paramedic level, mantoux: Gina, An EMT s scope of practice varies with the location that you are in, and there are several levels of an EMT from the very basic to the Paramedic level. If your person is a basic EMT I would doubt that his scope of practice would allow him to give...

First Aid: Foreign body in foot, scar tissue, deep incision
scar tissue, deep incision, half the time: fred, Your body should encapsulate it like your doctor said. Since you are a diabetic I would watch it very closely for infection. Hopefully the feeling of something being in your shoe will go away wit time. ...

First Aid: cut on forehead, hydrogen poroxide, super glue
First Aid: cut on forehead, hydrogen poroxide, super glue

First Aid: nerve exposed in finger
First Aid: nerve exposed in finger

First Aid: finger cut, thumb tip, snuggly
thumb tip, snuggly, chandra: Chandra, If the skin is not completely cut off, you could put it back in place and then bandage it, hopefully it will reattach. If not, then just keep it covered and clean. It should grow back and be OK. Good...

First Aid: GSW, homework question, gunshot wound
homework question, gunshot wound, cardiac monitor: Steve, If the caregiver is an EMT the patient would be placed flat. Any obvious bleeding would be controlled with direct pressure to the wound. The patient would be placed on high flow Oxygen and transported emergently to the hospital. The patient s vital...

First Aid: Gunshot wounds in village in a developing nation, gunshot wounds, writing a screenplay
gunshot wounds, writing a screenplay, gunshot wound: Couple of questions. Where was the victim shot? extremities,head, trunk, etc...What was he/she shot with? revolver, shotgun, rifle etc. In these cases, survival is directly related to the extent/location of the wound. For example; if the gunshot wound was...

First Aid: gunshot wounds, navy medic, gunshot wounds
navy medic, gunshot wounds, organ failure: Hi Lindsay; As a former Navy Medic I can help you out with this. If the character was wounded at close range the amount of damage would most likely be extensive. The weapon used and size of the projectile also have a bearing on survivability. In addition...

First Aid: infant child finger cut nearly off, pinky finger, codene
pinky finger, codene, hanging by a thread: Jennifer, I m very sorry to hear about your daughter. 1. I have not heard of stitching a finger to make it straight. 2. The finger being white could be due to the bandage, or it could be to a lack of blood supply to that part of her finger. Watch...

First Aid: iodine tincture, iodine tincture 2, sterile environment
iodine tincture 2, sterile environment, wounds: Hi Jack, If I am understanding you correctly, some of the blood is in the iodine tincture bottle. I would suggest you discard the bottle. The reason being is when used in the future, your new wounds would be contaminated. Also, if there is an infection...

First Aid: knocks to the head, brain damage, parietal lobe
brain damage, parietal lobe, baseball bat: No. You would not have to have a fracture in order to have brain damage. A severe blow to the head can cause brain damage. Gentle taps or blows to the head will not cause any major damage. If someone hits you hard enough to knock you to the ground and your...

First Aid: nerve exposed in finger, left index finger, tetanus shot
left index finger, tetanus shot, finger tip: There shouldn t be anything hanging out of your finger. You need to have a medical professional look at your finger. You also will probably need a tetanus shot since it has been more than 5yrs. I have never seen anything like this before. Good luck and...

First Aid: Pinky laceration, orthopedic doctor, exact question
orthopedic doctor, exact question, finger nail: Aaron, Is your wife s name Jennifer. I just answered an exact question to yours from a Jennifer. You can always get a 2nd opinion. If the end of the finger looks like it is out of place I would ask to have her evaluated by an Orthopedic doctor. ...

First Aid: pancreatic cancer, lung cancer prognosis, stages of cancer
lung cancer prognosis, stages of cancer, wrongdiagnosis: Hi Levi, This is out of my expertise, however, someone with pancreatic cancer usually isn t diagnosed until they are in the late stages of cancer. This makes recovery rare. Prognosis tends to be 3 - 6 months and only 5% will live up to 5 years. In your...

First Aid: Ripped off fingernail, gauze pad, nailbed
gauze pad, nailbed, couple times: Sounds like your friend is very accident-prone. Yes, the nail should grow back. It may take a while. It depends on how much damage was done to the nailbed. Keep the would clean and apply triple antibiotic and bandage just as you are doing. If he continues...

First Aid: Stab wound, vascular organ, winter environment
vascular organ, winter environment, punctured lung: Stanley, While nothing is impossible, a deep stab wound to the lung is a very serious injury. Being an extremely vascular organ, the lung bleeds very much when injured. I would seriously doubt that a deep stab wound to the lung would be survivable for...

First Aid: scab picking, mental health professional, local mental health
mental health professional, local mental health, scabs: Matt, I would tell your family doctor what you have told me. He/she could refer you to a local mental health professional who can work with you to find out why you have an obsession to pick your scabs and help you work through it. ...

First Aid: scab picking, health features, scabs
health features, scabs, thin layer: Matt, This is not something I was familiar with, so I did some research and I found a couple of sites that might help you. It is a recognized disorder. Below are some sites for you to check out and I hope they help: http://www.skinpick.com/dermatillomania-information...

First Aid: small burn, 3rd degree burn, mr hammond
3rd degree burn, mr hammond, mirae: Hi Mirae; From what you described,it sounds more like a second degree burn. Keep the burn dry and clean for the first 24 hours. After that you can apply antibiotic ointment to prevent any infection. If at any time the burn gets red, has fluid draining or...

First Aid: ayuda, first aid kit, phisician
first aid kit, phisician, acetaminofen: Hi Auripol, I do not reside in Venezuela so I cannot give you my opinion based on their laws and regulations. Where I am located, Canada, we can carry some Tylenol (which is probably similiar to the medication you suggested) but we are not allowed to give...

First Aid: Bleeding Under Skin, bruise, puncture
bruise, puncture, blood vessels: Hi Skylar; It sounds like the door has broken a couple of blood vessels under the skin. The blood will pool under the skin and creating a dark red bruise. This will eventually be re-absorbed but may some time. If pain continues or if the swelling becomes...

First Aid: Clear Chest puss, mom and dad, breast cancer
mom and dad, breast cancer, bro: DuVall, With out seeing it and having more history it would be impossible to tell you what it is. Since your parents are aware of it, I would suggest that you ask them. They may have already consulted with the doctor. ...

First Aid: cracked rib, rib fracture, female breast
rib fracture, female breast, cracked rib: Misty, It is possible that you have reinjured or more probable is that you may have worsened the cracked rib to an actual break. The only way to tell is with an X-Ray. I would suggest that you go to your family doctor or local Emergency Room for evaluation....

First Aid: cut in hand, antibiotic ointment, stiches
antibiotic ointment, stiches, scab: Hi lucy; Couple of thoughts. Was the knife clean? Meaning was it for cutting food or a pocket/utility knife. The reason is that if the knife was dirty that itself could be source for infection or tetanus. If the wound was deep and not more than one half...

First Aid: cuts, warm salt water, sea salt
warm salt water, sea salt, index finger: Hi Vincent, As with any wound, you want to keep it clean and free from infection. You can soak it in warm salt water (not sea salt) and this would prevent an infection. You could keep it covered during the day and after a few days, leave it uncovered...

First Aid: deep laceration of the forearm, left forearm, watery fluid
left forearm, watery fluid, accident 2: Brenda: Is the seepage white or slightly tinged yellow watery fluid or is darker yellow and thicker like pus? Also is the wound bright red and hotter than the surrounding skin? If is just watery fluid, that is normal. If it is more like pus and the wound...

First Aid: Finger Cut, tiny flecks, shard of glass
tiny flecks, shard of glass, pinky finger: Hi Lisa; With the cut no longer bleeding it will take at least a week before you see visible signs of scabbing (healing). The white crinkly look is normal when you have a Band-Aid on for a couple of days and your hands get wet.. Regarding the tiny flecks...

First Aid: First Aid, left index finger, middle knuckle
left index finger, middle knuckle, tight spot: Rocky; Given where the cut is and how deep it is, I would be inclined to get an xray and have it looked at. The issue here is to prevent infection especially if the grinder wheel nicked the bone and to minimize the loss of function or movement in the finger....

First Aid: First Aid, objectives of first aid, first aid training
objectives of first aid, first aid training, science advisory board: Hi Pralhad; By definition, First Aid is the immediate care given to the sick and injured. The latest first aid treatment guidelines, published by the National First Aid Science Advisory Board in 2006 and adopted by the the majority of first aid and Resuscitation...

First Aid: fingernail!!!!! help plzzz, acrilic nails, warm salt water
acrilic nails, warm salt water, nail clip: Hi, Yes, your fingernail will grow back but it will take a long time (6-8 weeks depending on your speed of growth). The top will certainly be sensitive so you may want to keep it covered. While the nail is growing in, keep a close eye on it that it doesnt...

First Aid: forehead, forehead injury
forehead injury: There is a thin layer of skin over the skull. It makes it easy to cut and bleed a lot because of the multiple blood vessels under the skin. When punched the skin is pinched between the hard skull and the object the person was hit with and the skin bust/cracks...

First Aid: Glass wound, shard of glass, piece of glass
shard of glass, piece of glass, glass window: Nick; If the piece of glass is in your head and the wound is almost healed over, I would be inclined to have you go see a Doctor. If the wound has to be reopened to get the shard out, this is not a usual home procedure. Don t take any chances with infection...

First Aid: gunshot wounds, gunshot wounds, hostage situation
gunshot wounds, hostage situation, close quarters: Linda, You could have her shot in an arm or leg. It the bullet does not hit a artery it will not cause enough bleeding to cause problems. A 22 or 25 caliber would work. Good Luck ...

First Aid: Healing of wounds, and abrasions, types of ointments, hot pack
types of ointments, hot pack, cloth towel: Hi John B. First and formost, I sincerely apologize for not responding sooner. I was unaware of your question waiting for me to respond. When applying heat to a wound i.e. hot pack you would generally place something between the hot pack and your skin....

First Aid: What happens to gunshot victims after their hospital stay?, gunshot victims, vascular organ
gunshot victims, vascular organ, extreme blood: If a person is shot in the stomach, it depends on where they are shot and what they are shot with as to if they actually will survive. If someone is shot in the gut and it ruptures their intestines, they would die from the poisons released from their intestines.It...

First Aid: hurt foot, warm compresses, pain reliever
warm compresses, pain reliever, twelve days: You may have strained it, if so it will take a while to heal. You can take a pain reliever for the pain and elevate it to help with the swelling. The bruises are probably also painful because the blood has stretched the skin making it more sensitive. Warm...

First Aid: Son stepped on rusty screw, tetanus shot, blood supply
tetanus shot, blood supply, tami: Tami, Is it swollen? If it is it could be impeding the blood supply to to foot until he gets up to walk. If it doesn t go away soon I would call the doctor and see it he/she thinks that you son needs to be seen again. ...

First Aid: severed finger, ziplock baggie, safety presentation
ziplock baggie, safety presentation, appendage: Mike, A good way to treat a severed finger is to wrap it it a gause square that it placed in a plastic bag that is then put in a bag of ice. The finger should not come in direct contact with the ice but should be kept as cool as possible without freezing....

First Aid: sprained/twisted ankle, rice treatment, express care
rice treatment, express care, x ray: Marie, The only way to tell if there is a break is an X-Ray. I would suggest that you see your family doctor of go to your local Emergency Room or express care. Ibuprofen will work for the pain. Good...

First Aid: Treating gunshot wound in the wilderness., first aid kit, gunshot wound
first aid kit, gunshot wound, topical antibiotic: Hi Tom; If the bullet passed through the arm without hitting major blood vessels, control the bleeding first with tons of direct pressure, even before trying a tourniquet. A tourniquet is a last resort and, if left on for a period of time, will result in...

First Aid: Big Toe nail hanging on, hydrogen peroxide, big toe
hydrogen peroxide, big toe, toe nail: Kristen, You can keep it wrapped, mainly to keep it from being caught and ripped off. You could also see a doctor about removing the nail. They can inject the area and do it painlessly. A new nail should grow back over. ...

First Aid: cracked rib, cracked rib, pain relief cream
cracked rib, pain relief cream, different ways: Hi Tessa; Here are my thoughts: Apply ice to the area when you are at home. Purchase a tube of pain relief cream like for arthritis. When you leave for work apply on the rib area as this may give you some relief as well. You can also apply this twice a...

First Aid: cut on arm, tetanus shot, razor blade
tetanus shot, razor blade, antibiotic ointment: You can soak it in warm water and then put some antibiotic ointment on it. Is there only one cut that appears infected? If puss or drainage starts to come out of it, you will have to go to the doctor in order to save your arm. Please seek some professional...

First Aid: fingernail damage, nail beds, oxygen level
nail beds, oxygen level, toe nails: Hi Claudia; The issues with your son s fingernails are commonly associated with High Altitude where the oxygen level is diminished. The impact of cold temperatures can also have an effect on both finger and toe nails very similar to hypothermia. In both...

First Aid: gunshot wound treatment, gunshot wound treatment, fictional scenario
gunshot wound treatment, fictional scenario, seasoned veteran: Hi Rich; Here are my thoughts. If the bullet did not hit any major blood vessels, nerves or shatter the bones, my first thought is that it would a thru and thru wound. However, for the effect of dramatic license, we will assume the bullet is lodged in...

First Aid: hard to breathe, definite answer, long periods
definite answer, long periods, many things: E moni, There are many things that could cause that. My guess is that you are sleeping on that side and the muscles are cramping. The only way to get a definite answer is to see your doctor for an exam. ...

First Aid: head injury, faulty judgment, migraine headaches
faulty judgment, migraine headaches, symptoms of brain injury: You don t say if there was any swelling on the outside of the head. If not, that may mean he is bleeding in his brain. It would cause him to act and feel weird. SYMPTOMS OF BRAIN INJURY Any brain function can be disrupted by brain trauma: excessive sleepiness,...

First Aid: IV placed in Jugular Vein, vaso vagal response, carotid artery
vaso vagal response, carotid artery, picc: MR, There are receptors on your body that are used to help control your blood pressure. Some of these are in your neck in the carotid artery. If they are stimulated by you barring down or if that area is massaged it causes your heart to slow down, thus...

First Aid: Nose Bleed, vasovagal response, minimal trauma
vasovagal response, minimal trauma, sp response: Gary, While I have not heard of this, I guess that anything is possible. A vasovagal response would slow the heard down and lower the blood pressure. If the nose bleed was caused by high blood pressure I guess that it could work, however I have not heard...

First Aid: Swollen and possibly infected ankle?, doctor dave, tinypic
doctor dave, tinypic, new pair of shoes: Hi Michael; After seeing the picture, the black and blue area would indicate some minor bleeding under the skin. Apply ice to the area to help reduce the swelling. It should take a couple of days for the blood to be re-absorbed. If redness or increased...

First Aid: Swollen and possibly infected ankle?, those shoes, new pair of shoes
those shoes, new pair of shoes, tinypic: Michael, The swelling of probably due to irritation to the tissue. The black and blue it a bruise. If it would become red, hot and swollen then it would be getting infected. I would keep it clean and dry till it heals. When you are wearing those shoes...

First Aid: scrape, gauze material, al brown
gauze material, al brown, tube sock: HI Al; Couple of things you can do. Roller bandage is a gauze material that comes 3 wide and almost 24 long. This can be wrapped around and is very light. The other is to take a long tube sock and cut off the foot part. You can then slide this over...

First Aid: can a scrape turn into impetigo?, tiny blisters, soap and water
tiny blisters, soap and water, neosporin: Bethany, Without seeing it it is hard to tell, but it is not normal. It appeared that you have done all that you can do at home and it is getting worse. My suggestion would be to take her to your family doctor or your local Emergency Room for treatment....

First Aid: scrape, soap and water, al brown
soap and water, al brown, gauze: Hi Al, To be honest, If I get a small scrape (abrasion) I just make sure I wash it with soap and water, put on an antiseptic and let it air dry. If the scrape is large and bleeds a bit, do the same, wash it and put on an antiseptic and you can get some soft...

First Aid: Treating gunshot wounds with wisky, gunshot wounds, gunshot wound
gunshot wounds, gunshot wound, viable practice: Sara, While using alcohol on the wound would work if that was all that you had. The cauterization with a knife would be unrealistic for the most part unless it was a very shallow wound. Most of the old west cowboys either clotted off and healed on it...

First Aid: use of thumb after stitches, muscle repair, pocket knife
muscle repair, pocket knife, splint: Hi Brandon, I am sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you recover quickly. Regarding being immobilized, I am sure you have some sort of splint to limit motion. If your muscle was also cut, the reason for immobilizing is to allow the muscle to heal...

First Aid: A book, many different things, epi pen
many different things, epi pen, medical book: Hi Andrea. It depends upon how severe the reaction to the problem is....For instance if the person has just gotten stung by a bee, and they have the kit with them, they can do it themselves....If they wait too long, someone else will have to give it to them...In...

First Aid: Concussion diagnosis/treatment, diagnosis treatment, emts
diagnosis treatment, emts, hematoma: 1. When he s found, there s no indication of what happened to him. The person who found him called 911. I assume the EMTs couldn t find the concussion and they d have to take him to the hospital. How would they discover the concussion, an MRI? (The skin...

First Aid: Cracked rib, breathing exercises, cracked rib
breathing exercises, cracked rib, many thanks: Hi, Sorry to hear about your cracked rib.... I heard its extremely painful. I am not too sure if the aches would be ongoing or just for a short time. Its not uncommon to have the bones feel achy once they have been fractured as it is never the same as...

First Aid: cut gone white after surgery, gooey stuff, dead skin
gooey stuff, dead skin, ooze: Hayley, This is probably normal and is just dead skin that will eventually dry up and fall off. If you have any concerns, you should contact your surgeon. Just watch that it doesn t get red and hot to the touch or the ooze does not turn yellow. This could...

First Aid: Fatal stab wound, mystery novel, inch blade
mystery novel, inch blade, buck knife: Hi Paula; Answers to your questions: To be immediately fatal the knife should be inserted just below the sternum with an inward/upward twisting motion. The aim of the bad guy would be to strike/tear into the heart. A four inch blade, on a thin individual...

First Aid: finger laceration/nerve damage, worst case scenario, finger laceration
worst case scenario, finger laceration, nerve damage: A neuroma is excessive scar tissue in a damaged nerve. This means you may not get feeling back in your fingers. You could also develop a tumor/swelling at the end of the nerves. Surgery would repair the fingers. It is your choice. Discuss with your doctor...

First Aid: glass in heald wound, piece of glass, blood stream
piece of glass, blood stream, tiny piece: Hi Fezz....Yes the glass could travel and cause some damage and yes if it gets into the blood stream it could cause damage.....Go to the Doc. and see what he suggests.....When it comes to that kind of a wound I usually will tell people to get it checked, just...

First Aid: ice fishing, warm person, hole in the ice
warm person, hole in the ice, coffee tea: Louise, In very cold water Hypothermia can set in a matter of minutes. I would not suggest that you jump in the water to help them. That would only make 2 people that now need rescued from the water. While I have never actually rescued someone who has...

First Aid: knee injury, school gyms, futsol
school gyms, futsol, case story: Madline, It sounds like you had an open reduction of the bone(s) below your knee joint. This would indicate that one or both of the bones (tibia, fibula) below your knee were broken. The knee is a very complex joint. All of what you are going through...

First Aid: New Left hand numbness, left hand numbness, arm numbness
left hand numbness, arm numbness, cardiac involvement: Joella, Without a complete exam and tests it is impossible to diagnose your problem. It could be anything from cardiac involvement to neurological. I would suggest that you see your doctor for an exam to pinpoint the problem. ...

First Aid: Pain in lower lung, rib cage, hold your breath
rib cage, hold your breath, ribs: Hi Maria; Based on your description, your daughter could have strained the muscles between the ribs called intercostal. If one laughs heavily or during exercise your hold your breath too long, the most common symptom is soreness right at the level of the...

First Aid: Stitches on Knuckle of left thumb., circular area, layers of skin
circular area, layers of skin, best bet: Hi Dave, That s quite a wound you got there! Generally speaking, the stitches will probably remain in for several days to allow the skin and other damaged tissues to re-heal. For the duration of the stitches, you should probably refrain from doing anything...

First Aid: skull cracking, doctor asap, vertebrae
doctor asap, vertebrae, care provider: Most likely, what you heard was the upper most vertebrae in your neck cracking (similar to how the rest of your back or neck may do the same). Unfortunately, however, this is a question best asked of a doctor due to the fact that this goes beyond the expertise...

First Aid: Wood staining, voc s, light headache
voc s, light headache, mild headache: Hi I was very happy to hear that you opened the window. This is important when dealing with fumes. Thank you for sending me the MSDS sheet as I am not familiar with that specific product. The side effects that you seem to have experienced is not...

First Aid: Broken Knuckle?, Broken finger
Broken finger: Hello Kelly, Sorry to hear about your hand, hands are serious business, a lot of small bones, blood vessels, nerves. Remember that bruising is just blood collecting under the skin, usually it will be reabsorbed and go away. It sounds like you very well...

First Aid: bleeding finger, Cut finger
Cut finger: Hello Patti, A cut to the finger should stop bleeding within a couple hours at the most. This is assuming the cut isn t very deep, on a joint that makes it open back up, and that your not on blood thinners or have a bleeding disorder. Any time you have...

First Aid: chunk of skin gone from finger, nerve bundles, neck and jaw pain
nerve bundles, neck and jaw pain, nerve injury: Hello again Breeana, Of course I don t hate you, your concern and questions are very understandable. yep, sounds like you have an infection... Ideally you would see your doctor and get it looked at, but I also understand how not having insurance can be...

First Aid: I cut a tip of my thumb, wont stop bleeding!!, Cut the tip of finger off
Cut the tip of finger off: Hello Mr. Hansson, It sounds like you have some good capillary bleeding going on. the key to stopping the bleeding is pressure. For small surgical procedures they use a type of stretchy tape, kind of like an elastic bandage, to hold pressure. My recommendations...

First Aid: fall, ? sprain, jammed finger, jammed finger, naproxin
jammed finger, naproxin, ankle brace: Hello Kay, Sorry to hear about your misfortune. RICE shouldn t go on over 4 days. Personally, after 24 hours I would start using heat assuming you don t have a bleeding disorder. Heat will increase blood flow and get rid of swelling and any blood that has...

First Aid: Gunshot Wound, caliber bullet, small caliber
caliber bullet, small caliber, strenuous activities: Hello Rolf, Lets start off with the distance (I m from the US... it seems like the only place in the world that doesn t use the metric system so I have to do some conversions) 6.4 meters (21 feet in my world) is a key distance for someone shooting a pistol...

First Aid: Another Gunshot Wound, walther ppks, answering your questions
walther ppks, answering your questions, deltoid: Hello again Rolf, (had to look up a few things.. like what the 9x18pmm round was) I actually had carried a Walther PPKs for a while, which seems pretty close to the Makarov. great small daily carry gun, though you better be a good shot to take someone down....

First Aid: Hurt hand, Hand injury, hand fracture
Hand injury, hand fracture, broken hand: Hello Shana, Sorry to hear about your hand. Hands are pretty complex, theres a lot of joints, tendons, small bones and nerves. If you delivered a punch to the mouth or a bite, that needs to be looked at by a doctor, bite wounds, especially from humans get...

First Aid: help, american heart association, spine injuries
american heart association, spine injuries, parenting young children: Hello again Aurax, A small wound should be washed with regular hand soap, (I had to look up an English page explaining Gerdex action and uses). Gerdex seems like a pretty serious cleaner, maybe if you were doing surgery but for small cuts, it s not needed....

First Aid: iv question, wet washcloth, doctors orders
wet washcloth, doctors orders, warm areas: Hello Scott, Using heat will increase the blood flow and allow the fluid (swelling) to be reabsorbed by the body. Ice is used in initially after an injury to slow blood flow and fluid leakage by constricting blood vessels and fluid pathways. As for Keflex,...

First Aid: Right knee spiked by date palm, date palm, naproxin
date palm, naproxin, welts: Hello Kristie, It sounds to me like you have a good infection in your leg. It is concerning that you are having more pain than from your other encounters from falling frongs. It also concerns me that you are having difficulty bending your knee now which...

First Aid: Stab wound to shoulder?, hospital emergency department, minor blood vessels
hospital emergency department, minor blood vessels, stab wound: Hello again Michelle, I would give it a 50/50 chance of the rotator tendon being cut. If the tendon isn t cut recovery would be a lot quicker (maybe a month?). if the shoulder capsule was entered, an orthopedic surgeon would have to open up the joint, smooth...

First Aid: Stuck by palm tree, nerve damage, palm tree
nerve damage, palm tree, emergency department: Hello Kat, Sorry to hear about your injury. You say you were struck on the wrist by a palm tree. First, how did this happen? (Did the tree fall from a height? How much did the tree weigh? Was your wrist against something when it was hit? How fast was this...

First Aid: swelling on right side of neck, lump on neck, bump on neck
lump on neck, bump on neck: Hello Theresa, I assume one of your thoughts is that this is a lymph node? (the lymph system, if you don t know all ready is a network of vessels that circulate and regulate tissue fluid and also help with battling infection and disease). If Lymph nodes...

First Aid: Badly Smashed Finger, We Need Help, oral pain reliever, allexperts
oral pain reliever, allexperts, frost bite: Hello Jessica, Sorry to hear about your husbands injury, I hope you two are doing ok. First, I wish there was a good way to send pictures by AllExperts because a good photo would tell so much more than a few words in a description. First, cold is a...

First Aid: Cut, cold compresses, topical antibiotic
cold compresses, topical antibiotic, tendons: Hi Cody; The swelling and bruising is due to blood under the skin which can be managed by applying cold compresses over the first 48 -72 hours. Regarding infection, if the swelling begins to increase into the fingers or further up the arm and show...

First Aid: Cut on index finger, pip joint, thumb side
pip joint, thumb side, fibrous layer: Hello Jose, It sounds like you may be still in the healing process, even though the wound has closed at the surface. It may be that the newly formed skin is thin compared to the normally grown skin over the rest of your hand. and without that little bit...

First Aid: chest injury, Chest injury
Chest injury: Hello Jake, It does sound like a muscle type injury to me, especially when you say movement makes it hurt more. I would suggest taking anti inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Naproxen,...) and see if that helps. Rest that area for a couple days and see...

First Aid: cut finger, Infected thumb
Infected thumb: Hello Don, Sorry to hear about your thumb, it sounds infected (obviously) and I m sure it s painful. You have been taking care of that injury very well from what you have described, you are doing everything right. you may want to also try soaking it in...

First Aid: cut hand, new sensations, hand sort
new sensations, hand sort, palm of my hand: Hello Christa, It s good that the cut isn t too deep, and it sounds like you took care of your wound well. I am assuming you don t feel the cut needed stitches and if the cut is that superficial you probably haven t hit any major nerves. It may be that...

First Aid: Finger wound, left index finger, scar tissue
left index finger, scar tissue, alovera: Hi Mike, It does sound like it must have hurt. You may want to ask this question to a plastic surgeon, my personal feeling is that the wound should be kept moist. any edges of the skin that could go either way may dry enough that they die rather than heal....

First Aid: Glass in my pinky., finger cuts, nerve endings
finger cuts, nerve endings, signs of infection: Hi Amy; These kinds of finger cuts, although not necessarily deep or big, usually impact small blood vessels and nerve endings which are close to the surface. As long as the cut does not get red or ooze pus, signs of infection, you will need to be careful...

First Aid: Red eyes, body combats, eye lashes
body combats, eye lashes, lot of nerve: Hello Talon, Your eyes have a lot of nerve endings in them, partly because the eye needs to stay as dirt free as possible and even a grain of sand can scrape stuff up so your eye will surely let you know if it s irritated at all. Your eyes are red because...

First Aid: Stomach wound, extreme pain, upper leg
extreme pain, upper leg, shrapnel: Hello Andy, You have the basics down it sounds like. Yes, shrapnel to the abdomen is most likely a death sentence after a few days if not treated right. If he had an injury to his kidney(s) he would have a lot of pain that radiated into his back and...

First Aid: treatingbrokenribs, chest injuries, blood in the urine
chest injuries, blood in the urine, blood volume: Hello Sue, No I m not a Doctor, I m a Paramedic (sometimes better than a Doctor depending how bad off you are). This question is a little vague, you are talking about crash kinetics (what happens when two bodies collide). It would help to know exactly...

First Aid: deep cut in finger, pus discharge, signs of infection
pus discharge, signs of infection, antibiotic cream: Hi David; It appears that you are doing all the right things. The color white is most likely due to the cut being covered with a bandage and does not indicate an infection. The signs of infection would cause the color to change to red with increased swelling...

First Aid: deep cut from fingernail to.5 inch downwards, cut finger, fluorescent bulb injury
cut finger, fluorescent bulb injury: Hello David, Sorry to hear about your injury. Your singer does look very well taken care of, it doesn t look infected from the picture. The white does look like it may be dead skin. if you were to get stitches it would have to be within 24 hours or sooner...

First Aid: My fingernail, broken nail, signs of infection
broken nail, signs of infection, pain discomfort: Hi Celest; First thing is to line up the broken half in a normal position and wrap the finger nail up to the knuckle closest to the nail. If you have antibiotic ointment, put a little on gauze so that it aligns with the broken nail. This will help with...

First Aid: Gunshot wound to the arm., gun shot wounds, tetanus shot
gun shot wounds, tetanus shot, oral antibiotics: Hello again Marissa, Sorry about taking a littler longer than usual in getting back to you, it s Christmas time and I ve been running around non-stop. Your character, if they only had skin and muscle damage (no bone or tendon involvement) would probably...

First Aid: Gunshot wound/graze, gunshot wound, concealable pistols
gunshot wound, concealable pistols, minimal damage: Hello Marissa, The best place for your partner to be shot that would allow her to be discharged quickly is probably muscle of the arm. the upper arm is better since the muscles tend to be larger and there are less tendons to damage (tendon involvement means...

First Aid: Shin Wound, son noah, knee cap
son noah, knee cap, muscle damage: Hello Kane, I m sorry to hear about your son, from the picture the wound does seem pretty deep and there is a good possibility there is at least some muscle damage. I agree, it doesn t look like it could be stitched up. I hope he was given antibiotics (either...

First Aid: STITCHES, stab wound, sex addict
stab wound, sex addict, kind of stitches: Hello Savannah, stitches can be placed to stop continuous bleeding, but the site has to be visualized which means they would have to shave that area. that area tends to be pretty dirty anyways (always moist, dark, near urine and poo). So the less hair at...

First Aid: scars, scar tissue, accident 2
scar tissue, accident 2, calcifications: Hello Katee, Cuts, especially deep cuts take time to completely heal. As a rule, doctors wait a year for a wound to heal before thinking about doing a revision on the wound to make it less noticeable (that means a wound is still healing for almost a year!)....

First Aid: Thumb Laceration, nerve damage, happy holidays
nerve damage, happy holidays, numbness: Hello Dave, Sorry to hear about your thumb. it sounds like you did a good job treating the injury, just keep it clean, apply ointment, and in 5 days or so you should be in the clear as far as infection and reopening the wound. As for the numbness in your...

First Aid: can't swallow, Trouble swallowing
Trouble swallowing : Hello Abbi, I would first look for what other symptoms you have been having with this. Does anything cause you to have more problems (certain types of food, certain times of the day). Trouble swallowing could be due to a lot of things but if it s been happening...

First Aid: Broken Leg, broken leg, x ray
broken leg, x ray, family doctor: Allisin, The only way to tell if it is broken is with an X-Ray. If you think that it might be broken is to see your family doctor or go to your local Emergency Room. Good Luck ...

First Aid: Deep finger cut, consistent pressure, gauze
consistent pressure, gauze, 10 mins: Hi Gennadi, You followed the correct procedures. When dealing with an individual that is disabled it always makes it more difficult. With bleeding you apply the pressure. Replace hand with gauze and apply pressure until bleeding stops. Once it stops,...

First Aid: dagger wounds to the lungs, major blood, question thanks
major blood, question thanks, blood vessel: Hi Heather; Don t understand your first question regarding, How would a person have to jump to hit a major blood vessel? The main blood vessels can be found in the neck on both sides of the throat. Super messy...yes. blood could squirt 12-14 inches straight...

First Aid: Pain killers for gun shot wounds, bullet wound, civil wars
First Aid: Pain killers for gun shot wounds, bullet wound, civil wars, ak 47

First Aid: my middle finger, medical dressings, middle finger
medical dressings, middle finger, caitlin: Caitlin; Take a washcloth or other clean cloth and apply direct pressure on the finger for at least 10-15 minutes and do not let go to look. If you use medical dressings, do not remove the first ones if they get blood soaked. Reapply new ones over. This...

First Aid: Pain killers for gun shot wounds, gun shot wounds, intravenous antibiotics
gun shot wounds, intravenous antibiotics, pain killers: Hi Jamie; IF the bullet went clean through the shoulder without striking a major blood vessel, then it is feasible that he could make the appearance. He could receive intravenous antibiotics and pain killers at the hospital (morphine as an example). The...

First Aid: Ankle Sprain (?), pain medications, purple lines
pain medications, purple lines, ankle sprain: Gracey, Are you sure that it is just a sprain. The only way to rule out a fracture is with an X-Ray, but that would mean seeing a doctor. The ice probably makes if feel better, however at this point you could put heat on it to help reduce what swelling...

First Aid: accidental stab wound in hand, butterfly bandage, thumb knuckle
butterfly bandage, thumb knuckle, stab wound: Katie, You could have a little swelling to the area that is pinching on the nerve. When you move it, it releases some pressure and you can feel it again. If you see a doctor or not is up to you. I can only give you a guess as to what it might be. A doctor...

First Aid: bad cut with a knife, soaks, gauze
soaks, gauze, thumb: Hi Brian; Keep direct pressure on the wound on the wound to stop the bleeding. If the first pad soaks through do not remove apply another on top. You don t have to wrap it tight, the pressure you apply will stop the bleeding. Hope this helps. Dav...

First Aid: cut on finger, hydrogen peroxide, wound area
hydrogen peroxide, wound area, blood stream: Hi Kelly; It sounds like you do have a localized infection under the cut. The first thing is to soak the finger in hydrogen peroxide to thoroughly clean the wound area. If at any time the redness begins to move up the finger to the hand it indicates the...

First Aid: I cut the top of my finger about 3mm, signs of infection, 3mm
signs of infection, 3mm, flap: Hi Dave; Sounds like you are doing all the right things. While the flap of skin may eventually need to be trimmed off, it should heal without a problem and the feeling in the finger should return. If at any time you notice redness/swelling or other signs...

First Aid: About GSW emergency treatment, and afterwards., independent duty corpsman, 9mm parabellum
independent duty corpsman, 9mm parabellum, sig sauer p226: Hi Christina; Virtually every Navy Ship either has either a Doctor or an Independent Duty Corpsman on board. Managing a non fatal wound, such as the shoulder wound, would mostly likely be continued on board with the patient receiving blood transfusions...

First Aid: Head /cracked skull, 1st grade spelling words, cracked skull
1st grade spelling words, cracked skull, short term memory: Gwen, I am going to highly suggest that you see a doctor immediately. I would not wait for an appointment with your family doctor. You need to go to the Emergency Room at your local hospital. They will have a doctor who will see your immediately and also...

First Aid: Helping someone who has fallen, stable device, thigh muscles
stable device, thigh muscles, back injury: Hi Carol, Alot of techniques can be used if 2 people are available to help. If you are alone, then you are putting yourself at risk of a back injury. Alot depends on how tall he is compared to you, and if he is thin or overweight. If two people are there,...

First Aid: injection precautions, bottle of alcohol, rubber stopper
bottle of alcohol, rubber stopper, aspirate: Michael, If you are really worried about it I would get a small bottle of alcohol. Drop a few drops of alcohol on the rubber plunger just before pushing the needles through it. Good Luck ...

First Aid: multiple GSWs, soft tissue damage, female character
soft tissue damage, female character, femur: Hi Tamara; In reference to the first case. it could easily take 4-6 weeks for the wound to heal given the soft tissue damage. Pain could linger for quite some time especially if the the femur was involved. Physical therapy could start as early as two weeks...

First Aid: officially calling death, trauma wounds, homicide victim
trauma wounds, homicide victim, creature of habit: Jack, It may vary from state to state but where I am an EMT or Paramedic can pronounce death. Only a doctor or the Coroner can certify the death and sign the death certificate. As far as the time of death. What they are say is the legal time of death...

First Aid: punctured knuckle, tiny hole, ring finger
tiny hole, ring finger, x ray: Celeste, My guess is that it might be getting infected. Probably wouldn t hurt to see your doctor and possibly get and X-ray and make sure that none of the glass broke off in your finger and get some antibiotics. ...

First Aid: Rusty nail, soap and water, rusty nail
soap and water, rusty nail, foot area: Hi Melissa; Clean the wound thoroughly with warm soap and water if you haven t already done so. Because of the danger of infection please have a Doctor look at this right away and determine if a tetanus booster is needed. Hope this helps. Dave...

First Aid: Stepped on a nail, water mixture, tetnus shot
water mixture, tetnus shot, salt substitute: Hi Talon, I apologize for my delay in response to your email. I had company and wasn t able to get to the computer. In regards to your big toe... your best thing to do is to soak it in warm water (as hot as you can but do not burn yourself) with salt....

First Aid: stuck on the finger by a palm tree, palm trees, express care
palm trees, express care, special x: Melvin, It sounds like your finger could be infected. You could have a piece of the thorn still in your finger. If you can t find it and get it out, I would suggest that you see your family doctor or go to your local Emergency Room or Express Care ....

First Aid: about support groups., doctors office, local hospital
doctors office, local hospital, lupus: Hi Dwayne, there are probably hundreds of them on the internet, just look up lupus support groups. I can t give you a specific name of one, but I am sure there out there. You could also try your local Hospital, or your Doctors office. Good luck, Crai...

First Aid: bone deep cut, antibiotic ointment, gauze
antibiotic ointment, gauze, dressings: Hi Trey; Keep the wound clean and as soon as it starts to scab over place a little antibiotic ointment on the Band-Aid/dressings. This will help it to heal and keep infection away. If you notice any redness, swelling, or pus coming from the cut it is a...

First Aid: broken jaw, wonderful guide, broken jaw
wonderful guide, broken jaw, fracture: Hi Donna, Thank you for your question. You gave me quite a giggle. Its interesting how when relating to kids, its to get them to stop talking. :) There shouldn t be any issues with him being able to talk. The most difficult thing he would experience...

First Aid: Cracked skull?, cracked skull, brick walls
cracked skull, brick walls, banging my head: Hi Bartosz; From what you describe, I would guess that you might well have given yourself a concussion, which is best described as rattling your brain. Since you are now at a week and a half without major blackouts or vision problems you seem to be...

First Aid: deep cut on finger, red streaks, signs of infection
red streaks, signs of infection, present hope: Hi Amanda; The dark color is due to bleeding under the skin. It sounds like you did all the right things to control bleeding and keep it clean. Watch for any signs of infection and don t hesitate to get it checked out if the pain persists or if any redness...

First Aid: deep index finger cut, swiss army knife, soapy water
swiss army knife, soapy water, index finger: Hi, You did not tell me how long or deep the cut is, but as far as cleaning it, it sounds good, and I bet it was painful with the alcohol!!!! keep it bandaged and check for infection, if you use it alot in football, your going to keep opening it up and it...

First Aid: dog bite, cautious side, absolute answer
cautious side, absolute answer, dettol: Hi William; First of all if you notice spreading redness, swelling, or pus coming from the wound you need to see a Doctor right away. Since the bite did break the skin, this is a risk of infection. It sounds like you did all the right things in cleaning...

First Aid: tip of finger cut off, glue, thumb
First Aid: tip of finger cut off, glue, thumb

First Aid: inj Vit. K, quick clot, cauterization
quick clot, cauterization, hemostat: Hi Abdulhadi; Can t give you direct answer on this...The current preference in both military and civilian field trauma situations, short of actual surgery/cauterization, is clotting agents such as Quick clot or hemostat. If you are in a non medical environment...

First Aid: Low blood pressure?, low blood sugar, low blood pressure
low blood sugar, low blood pressure, dizzines: Hi again Bartosz; First question is: Have you felt dizzy like this before the head banging?. If the dizziness coincides with when you banged your head, then that needs to be checked out by the Doctor. If the dizziness existed before the head injury, then...

First Aid: paramedic officially pronouncing death, trauma wounds, legal death
trauma wounds, legal death, pronouncement: Jack, I am so sorry that it took me so long to answer your question. My wife had surgery and I have been preoccupied. We usually don t say much other than talking to law enforcement and letting them know and then calling the Coroner. The time of...

First Aid: paramedics, medical support, paramedics
medical support, paramedics, first responders: Hi Braidyn, I honestly do not know the reason. Paramedics are trained to do more advance medical support than Medical First Responders. I am going to look into this because I am curious as well. Often causing pain would bring a person conscious so whether...

First Aid: puncture wound to hand, tetanus shot, hotter than the rest
tetanus shot, hotter than the rest, head screwdriver: Marian, I don t know why the back of your hand would be swollen. Just watch for infection such as the area become hotter than the rest of your hand, you start to run a fever or you start to get puss coming from the wound. If you have not had a tetanus...

First Aid: does relatively small skin avulsion need medical care??, sterile gauze, hydrogen peroxide
sterile gauze, hydrogen peroxide, skin flap: Holly, It sounds like you have done all that you could do at home. Most people don t treat it as much as you have. I would have the wound sutured because from your picture it looks like it involves the pad next to the thumb. Steri-strips would close...

First Aid: tip of finger cut off, dirt bike, salt sea
dirt bike, salt sea, going to the doctor: Hi Jamika, It is too bad he wouldn t go to the hospital. Unfortunately, no the part will not grow back. As far as preventing infection, soak in salt water a few times a day. The water needs to be as warm as he can handle and the salt must be real salt....

First Aid: toe cut by glass, liquid bandage, stress fracture
liquid bandage, stress fracture, fingers and toes: Hi Chrystal; I would not worry about the toe. Cuts to the fingers and toes often affect the nerve endings causing some loss of feeling and movement. As the wound heals the feeling begins to return little by little. If during this time you notice any redness...

First Aid: cut off (de-gloved) thumb, thumb nail, skin flaps
thumb nail, skin flaps, docter: Hi Kelli; Hard questions to answer. If the piece was not able to be attached due to it condition, then the flap approach seems warranted. What happened to the thumb piece is another question? Sorry I can t give a straight yes or no.. Dave ...

First Aid: cut on middle finger, lines on my finger, antibiotic ointment
lines on my finger, antibiotic ointment, middle finger: Hi Eddie; The wound should close and heal on its own given your description. Keep it dry and clean for now and then you can apply antibiotic ointment after it has a scab on it. If at any time you notice redness, swelling, or pus follow up with a Doctor....

First Aid: Dermis of the skin exposed and not healing, chlorinated pool, dermis layer
chlorinated pool, dermis layer, palm of my hand: Justin, I may take it a while before it isn t pink anymore. As long as it doesn t get infected, you should be OK. You by chance are not a diabetic are you. If so, you might see your doctor to make sure that it is healing well. ...

First Aid: deep glass wound, deep wound, splinters
deep wound, splinters, tweezers: Hi Erica, Unfortunately in this situation I cannot advise you to do anything other than go to the emergency. You need to be seen by a doctor to ensure all particles are removed and treated against infection. I am so sorry I can t be of more help...

First Aid: Finger puncture wound, hydrogen peroxide, signs of infection
hydrogen peroxide, signs of infection, rubbing alcohol: Hi Janeen; While you have done all the rights things and the swelling should subside if no signs of infection are present, the ring needs to come off in the event the swelling increases. I would not hesitate on this. Hope this helps.. Dave ...

First Aid: IV catheter worries, one of these girls, charge nurse
one of these girls, charge nurse, sewing machine: Patrick, Without knowing what size of IV catheter they put in you I can t answer your question. The larger the bore of the catheter, the longer it is. If the catheter that came out was smaller than the ones that you saw before, it will be shorter. ...

First Aid: Another question, red streaks, screw driver
red streaks, screw driver, question question: Keep checking it, I am sure that waiting until the morning will be OK, but get it checked as soon as possible. Sending me a picture would not work, too many things to check....Is there no one who could bring you to a Doctor???? If not, go when you can...let...

First Aid: pneomnia, phlem, hepatitis b
phlem, hepatitis b, vitaman: Hi Richie, Your question is outside my field, but I can provide some suggestions to you. Go back to see your Doctor or another one and ask the questions you have sent to me. You have waited long enough for help in getting better. Please follow through...

First Aid: Is it possible to jury-rig an IV, sterile saline, jury rig
sterile saline, jury rig, inch tubing: Hi Peter; While I have never seen it done, except in the movies, the principle is very straightforward. Having the luxury of a store around, like the Damon example, would make it easier. Infusion of IV fluids work on the gravity principle so any container...

First Aid: stiches, low grade fever, tetnus shot
low grade fever, tetnus shot, stitches: Amy, I would say with the nausea that you might be having an reaction to the DT, but you are probably getting the flu. Just watch it and if it get worse you might want to contact your doctor. Roge...

First Aid: my ankle, patellar tendon, custom orthotics
patellar tendon, custom orthotics, shin bone: Hi Bradley; It could well be that the tendons and muscles supporting and holding the ankle are over stressed. I have read what you said about orthotics but it could be that you don t need the arch support from them as much as you may need to support the...

First Aid: car accident, broken ribs, wet weather
broken ribs, wet weather, chest injuries: Hi Yvonne I am sorry to hear about your car accident. Wet weather is dangerous for driving. Yes, chest injuries are very painful. Did the doctor tell you why you are having pain? For example, broken ribs, pulled muscles etc. There isn t alot you can...

First Aid: cut finger, hands and fingers, cotton ball
hands and fingers, cotton ball, blood loss: Connie, Again, I can t see you. If you can t get the bleeding stopped and/or you start to become weak and light headed, you need to seek medical attention. As I stated earlier, we move our hands and fingers around alot and this tends to open the wounds...

First Aid: DEEP CUT ON LEFT POINTER FINGER KNUCKLE, warm soapy water, pointer finger
warm soapy water, pointer finger, tetanus shot: Hi Kath, well we have some unstated facts here, when did you do it, can you move the finger?? My answer to what you have asked is....Keep it clean, wash it with warm soapy water and keep it covered. Check for infection....red puffiness around the cut, hot...

First Aid: Deep wound, hydrogen peroxide, doctor asap
hydrogen peroxide, doctor asap, neosporine: Hi Britnee, Sorry to hear about your terrible accident. It sounds like you are doing everything right. If you are covering it, make sure you have it off at times for air to get at it. This will help to dry it up. From the look of it, it seems clean which...

First Aid: first aide?, poor circulation, first aide
poor circulation, first aide, baby hope: Hi Lys; Your question is outside of my field but would suggest you go do a search on terms such as keeping baby cool in the summer or something to that effect. There are also Doctor sites that will also provide advice for your baby. Hope this helps....

First Aid: Infected finger, blood blister, infected finger
blood blister, infected finger, antibiotic ointments: Vikki, It sounds like you may have a local infection. If you lance the puss blister it might help with the tenderness. Keep it clean and if no allergies get some over the counter antibiotic ointments to put on it. If you would start to run a fever,or it...

First Aid: numbness from cut, red streaks, bad circulation
red streaks, bad circulation, funny bone: Hi Staci, There are some questions you haven t answered like... how deep is it, is it red and puffy? is there pus around it?? do you have red streaks going up your arm????? Those are signs of an infection.... My advice is get medical treatment, most Hospitals...

First Aid: Semi Deep Cut, antibiotic ointment, sharp knife
antibiotic ointment, sharp knife, bandages: Hi Matt; Keep direct pressure on the wound which should control the bleeding. Be patient and do not remove blood soaked dressings. Apply new ones over top so as not to disturb the clotting process. Once the bleeding is stopped, apply a light coat of...

First Aid: Thumb cut, antibiotic ointment, thumb
antibiotic ointment, thumb, light coat: Hi Suasive; Holding the thumb upright may help in reducing the pressure on the cut, but is not necessary. Once the cut begins to heal, apply a light coat of antibiotic ointment and keep the area dry and clean. The cut should heal nicely. Hope this helps....

First Aid: toenail injury, baseball game, antibiotic ointment
baseball game, antibiotic ointment, thin coat: Hi Daisy; Given that nail seems to have take most of the blow, it mostly likely will fall off and be replaced with a new nail. In the interim I would suggest that you apply a thin coat of antibiotic ointment to a large Band-Aid and wrap over the nail...

First Aid: welding, radiation burns, emergency room
radiation burns, emergency room, cold water: margaret, It sounds like he may have some radiation burns to his eyes. He probably won t go blind, but he will be a little uncomfortable. If the discomfort get too bad he can go to your local emergency room and get some eye drops to help with the pain....

First Aid: cracked rib, cracked rib, going to the doctor
cracked rib, going to the doctor, back brace: Kathy, Going to the doctor will be the only way of knowing if a rib is fractured. But if he doesn t want to go he can take some over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. If the pain is real severe he can always go to the doctor for...

First Aid: cut on shin, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment
hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, deep wound: Lori, Neither one is true. I would use the peroxide to clean the wound out. An antibiotic ointment will help keep it from getting infected. See your doctor or local emergency room as soon as possible to have the wound properly treated. ...

First Aid: deep fingertip cut, fan blade, pain medication
fan blade, pain medication, finger tip: Richard, I will suggest that you go to your family doctor or local emergency room. You will need a tenunus shot you have not had one in the past 3-5 years. Also you will be able to get some pain medication. ...

First Aid: Epinephrine Shot, ground peanuts, justice individuals
ground peanuts, justice individuals, watery eyes: Hi Justice; Individuals who have allergic reactions and their family/friends, etc., are well aware how quickly the reaction can occur and how life threatening it is. Your character understands that with each passing second, the symptoms continue to increase...

First Aid: epi pen, vasoconstrictor, tured
vasoconstrictor, tured, blood supply: Ryan, You may have injected some of the Epi into the your thumb. The medication is a vasoconstrictor which means that it causes the muscles around the arteries to clamp down. That may be why your thumb is white. I would suggest that you see your family...

First Aid: finger nail burn, warm salt water, smoke bomb
warm salt water, smoke bomb, finger nail: Hi Erin, Well, I must admit I have never heard of a burned fingernail either!!! You can leave your fingernail and as it grows you can trim off the burned part. If you do notice any redness or yellow/green pus I would have your doctor look at it. If you...

First Aid: Gun Shot Wound, soft tissues, loss of blood
soft tissues, loss of blood, gun shot: Hi Ilse; If the character was shot in the arm or leg, there is a good chance she would not immediately be unconscious. Alot always depends on her tolerance of pain and ability to deal with the wound and not just go into shock. If the bleeding is not halted...

First Aid: rusty buckle, tetnus shot, little sister
tetnus shot, little sister, scratches: Hi Miriya, You are being very responsible seeking help. You can wash the scratches. That is not a problem. I cannot see how deep the cut is but you need to tell your mom or dad. If it is a metal buckle, she will need to get a tetnus shot. Do not tell...

First Aid: Swollen Hand Insect Bite, moscow russia, back of my hand
moscow russia, back of my hand, going to the doctor: Hi Erica; If you have given the antihistamines 24 hours to work and are seeing the redness/swelling spreading, suspect an infection from the bites and get the antibiotics into your system.You can also use ice to help keep the swelling down. If you...

First Aid: thumb upper joint cut, diabetic patient, amoxycillin
diabetic patient, amoxycillin, deep cuts: Hi Shuchi; I have two thoughts for you. The first is that deep cuts to the fingers will almost always cause nerve damage.In most cases the tingling, pain, and loss of feeling does return but it takes time. In reference to your medication plan and the skin...

First Aid: Cut on thumb, loose skin, straight cut
loose skin, straight cut, blood supply: Nathan, I would do just what you did. However if the little flap turns black , then I would cut it off. Someimes if the flap keeps a blood supply it may heal. Good Luck ...

First Aid: Finger cut and vein, middle fingers, blue vein
middle fingers, blue vein, kitchen knife: Hi.....It sounds like you did everything right, and it was re checked. If you have any concerns, go back and have it checked again. You don t say how long ago this happened....If it was more than 10 days ago she should have had the stitches removed already....?...

First Aid: First-Aid, caliber 45, muscle damage
caliber 45, muscle damage, leg bone: IF the bullet did not hit the bone,(flesh wound) she could faint that all depends on the person some people are stronger than others and can stand more pain. if it was deep in the muscle she would need surgery and most likely be in a cast, if it just nicked...

First Aid: Gunshot Wound
First Aid: Gunshot Wound

First Aid: finger injury, tetanus shot, finger injury
tetanus shot, finger injury, blue finger: Roberta, The blue finger tip will go away as the nail grows out. If you have not had a tetanus shot in the past 3 years it would not be a bad idea to get another one. Just contact your family doctor or go to your local Emergency Room. ...

First Aid: foot, x ray, right foot
x ray, right foot, emergency room: Jane, You may have broken your foot. The only way to tell is with an X-Ray. You will need to see your doctor or go to your local Emergency Room. If it is broken and does not heal right, you could keep that limp for a long time. ...

First Aid: foot, purple colour, right foot
purple colour, right foot, sorry for the delay: Hi Jane, Sorry for the delay in responding as I was away. When there is an injury it is not uncommon for the area to be swollen for a while. Did you go to the doctor at all? What did he/she say was wrong? Purple colour is bruising and will gradually...

First Aid: Gunshot Wound, Gun shot wound, Abdominal wound
Gun shot wound, Abdominal wound, trauma: Hello Greta, There is a lot of leeway with a bullet to the abdomen, I ll start with where the bullet entered; if it s in the lower abdomen, and misses all the large blood vessels, bleeding may not be what kills him, but the infection caused by bowel contents...

First Aid: Infection in bellybutton, q tip, s gross
q tip, s gross, bellybutton: Hi, I would suggest that you see your doctor. You can care for it at home but its difficult since the area is so closed in and air cannot get at it. You may be given an antibiotic that will help. In the meantime. Wash it frequently (even a soak in the...

First Aid: numb hand, numb hand, thorns
numb hand, thorns, emergency room: Ashlie, I really don t know why his hand is getting numb. My guess would be that the thorn has some type of toxin on it. If it does not subside or gets worse I would suggest him seeing his doctor or going to your local Emergency Room. ...

First Aid: punctured fingernail, tylenol, screw
tylenol, screw, fingers: It s very hard for me to answer your question without seeing the nail.....The only thing that I can tell you is to keep checking for infection, but then, it happened two weeks ago, and if it were to get an infection you would already know about it...You can...

First Aid: ant bites, minor infections, alkaloids
minor infections, alkaloids, pus: Hi Daisey; The compound in the venom that causes this reaction is called alkaloids. Once you are stung, these chemicals create the swelling and, with the help of some scratching, create minor infections that create the pus. Hope this helps. Dav...

First Aid: CUT THUMB, devitalized tissue, inflamed tissue
devitalized tissue, inflamed tissue, coumadin: Hello Ann, Sorry to hear about your thumb. The white edges are most likely dead ( devitalized tissue) the purple is inflamed tissue, my question is, is it inflamed because of trauma or because of an infection? it shouldn t be bleeding after 3 days unless...

First Aid: Cut Infection, Infection, infected cut
Infection, infected cut, infected scrape: Hello Euri, Sorry to hear that you were injured earlier. As you may, or may not know our skin has a lot of bacteria on it, that s normal. Even when we get cut our immune system can usually get rid of whatever bacteria does get through the skin though there...

First Aid: Finger, human papillomavirus hpv, capillary bed
human papillomavirus hpv, capillary bed, skin warts: Hi Helen, I hope you don t mind if I put my two cents in on this question as well... cut a blood vessel? well technically, most likely you cut the capillary bed because it s bleeding. Diabetics puncture the capillary bed a couple times a day to test...

First Aid: finger injury, Finger injury, finger fracture
Finger injury, finger fracture, splinting a finger: Hello Katherine, Sorry to hear about your injury. If it is a simple break or a sprain, strapping it to the finger next to it mar splint it well enough to keep it from moving the wrong way but... my first thought is, why isn t that finger moving like it...

First Aid: shortened question, permanent damage, blood stream
permanent damage, blood stream, tetanus: Hi Jaymee, the symptoms of infection, after what you describe would probably occur within about a few days to a week, if not treated, it would include fever, swelling, inflamation, pus filled sores, and once it got into the blood stream....lockjaw (tetanus)....

First Aid: toenail, Toe nail, Big toe
Toe nail, Big toe, Stubbed toe: Hello Tavesha, Sorry to hear about your toe, hope it doesn t hurt too much. I m assuming your toe nail turned black from a previous injury (dropping a can of peaches on it or stubbing it on some hard immovable object). sometimes blood will form under the...

First Aid: Blade cut, washing dishes, blood thinning medications
washing dishes, blood thinning medications, moderate pressure: Hello Donta, It sounds like you cut a flap of skin off your finger? (let me know if thats not right). Yes... injuries like that do bleed a lot, maybe not heavily, but continuously. and the ER is right, there isn t much they can do besides wrap it (though...

First Aid: Broken Finger, broken finger, splint
broken finger, splint, middle finger: Hi Megan, I would go to your family doctor since it has been several weeks. Usually immediate swelling and bruising indicates a fracture (break). Your doctor may have some recommendations or treatment for your situation. I m sorry I cannot be of more...

First Aid: deep cut on my finger tip, triple antibiotic ointment, neo sporin
triple antibiotic ointment, neo sporin, pointer finger: Hello Brittany, Sorry to hear about your finger. If the flap of skin is small and cut most of the way through it most likely won t have the blood supply to heal and that patch of skin will die and fall off. if it s attached more firmly it may heal, or only...

First Aid: Painful Thumb Nail, nail bed, glider
First Aid: Painful Thumb Nail, nail bed, glider, doctor tomorrow

First Aid: first aid, clostridium tetani, tetanus injection
clostridium tetani, tetanus injection, index fingers: Hello Steve, Good news, most likely not (if you had tetanus you would have already had symptoms). If you have any doubts about needing a tetanus shot it should be addressed as soon after the injury happened. Tetanus (Clostridium tetani) is a bacteria...

First Aid: foot pain, nerve bundles, nerve pain
nerve bundles, nerve pain, exercise walking: Hi Stacy; Given that the pain came on as a result of no injury, my first thought is nerve pain that can be brought on by favoring one foot or leg or heavy exercise/walking which puts more pressure on the nerve bundles in the affected foot. The most common...

First Aid: Gunshot Victim, gunshot victim, systolic blood pressure
gunshot victim, systolic blood pressure, gunshot wound: Hi again, Vitals are hard to say for sure, here s what I could foresee as a likely possibility: Prior to shooting: P-70, BP-120/80, RR-16, SPO2-99% 5 min after shooting: P-120, BP-160/88, RR-34, SPO2-86% 10 min after shooting:P-130, BP-140/99, RR-40,...

First Aid: ANOTHER Gunshot Wound Q..., Gun shot wound, .45 to the chest
Gun shot wound, .45 to the chest: Hello Victoria, The .45 round is quite sizable and does a lot of damage. It s now the bullet of choice for many law enforcement agencies and serious gun owners who want to be sure there shots take out the bad guy . When a bullet enters tissue it creates...

First Aid: How long do you stay in the hospital after getting shot in your shoulder?!, bank robbers, vishal
bank robbers, vishal, will most likely need: Hello Vishal, Assuming the bullet didn t hit any major structures (just muscle and skin/ in and out) I would think he could be ready to leave the hospital in 3-4 days at the earliest. He will most likely need to have his arm in a sling for several weeks....

First Aid: Multiple gunshot wounds, gun shot wounds, gunshot wounds
gun shot wounds, gunshot wounds, small caliber: Hello Piper, Yea.. I seem to get questions about either gun shot wounds or finger injuries... funny as that all may seem. My recommendation would be a Baretta 950 Jetfire pistol. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beretta_950_Jetfire Its a great littler...

First Aid: Oxygen by First Responder in Cardiac Event, oxygen, ohio
oxygen, ohio, first responder: Hi Red, Though oxygen is listed as a pharmaceutical drug, it does not require any sort of prescription in order to use in an emergency situation (though it may be necessary in order to get it). Furthermore, there really is not any required level of training...

First Aid: Painful Thumb Nail, thumb nail, nail bed
thumb nail, nail bed, polysporin: Hello again Kristina, It sounds like you have a real good infection going, one that isn t going to respond to any kind of home therapy and you need antibiotics and a doctor to look at it, maybe have the doctor drain the wound and remove some of the infected...

First Aid: poison?, petroleum fuels, cancer tissue
petroleum fuels, cancer tissue, tissue destruction: Hello Anne, You have probably already read (or know already) most petroleum fuels and hydrocarbons have some risk of cancer, tissue destruction and so on... but it sounds like you were exposed to a relatively small amount of oil. Not being right with you...

First Aid: puncture foot, epsom salt, tetanus shot
epsom salt, tetanus shot, puncture wounds: You did not say if the tooth pick was yours or not.....Puncture wounds always hurt for awhile, especially in the foot.....If it is red and swollen you could have an infection, or a small piece of wood could still be in the wound, go to the Doctor and get a...

First Aid: Getting shot in lung, fist aid, tired blood
fist aid, tired blood, internal injuries: Hello Phoebe, Remember ABC s (airway, breathing, circulation) it sounds like you did everything right. Take measures to make sure the airway and breathing are secured. It sounds from your description that there was some serious internal injuries and bleeding....

First Aid: stumped toe/fungus, toe fungus, liscensed
toe fungus, liscensed, question thanks: Hello again Chantel, It s possible it could be a fungus.. it s hard for me to say.. I don t have a lot of experiance with toe nail fongus. Your best option is seeing a doctor, but your other option may be a good liscensed pedicure shop. Aget a pedi and...

First Aid: swollen hands, swollen glands, open wounds
swollen glands, open wounds, staff infections: Hi Shawn; My initial thought is that it could be related to the previous staph infections. Realizing that virtually everyone carries the bacteria, your immunity may be low making you prone to recurring infections. If you have any open wounds, cuts, etc.,...

First Aid: tetanus vaccine?, shaving blade, tetanus vaccine
shaving blade, tetanus vaccine, rule of thumb: Hi G , You say that you had a shot 4 years ago....The rule of thumb was....You should get a tetanus shot every 10 years. From what I understand, they now say every 7 years now. You don t say how long ago you cut yourself, or if you got an infection. I would...

First Aid: tetanus vaccine?, clostridium tetani, shaving blade
clostridium tetani, shaving blade, tetanus vaccine: Hello G, You probably have little to worry about,tetanus (Clostridium tetani) is a bacteria usually found in soil. Unless you have been out in the garden shaving snails the rust on your razor is nothing more than oxidized Iron, nothing to worry about. ...

First Aid: Use of sterile gloves in ER for minor procedure such as stitches, sterile gloves, exam gloves
sterile gloves, exam gloves, surgical scrub: Hello Nick, Stitches themselves are usually pretty easy and quick, though there are a number of variations depending how deep the wound is or if the area is somewhere where a minimal scar is desired (face). In example; a scalp wound above the hair line...

First Aid: Wanting to know if I handled gunshot wound correctly, first aid kit, bacteria infection
first aid kit, bacteria infection, bad decision: Hello, it sounds like you did everything appropriate for this patient. If you remember from your past first aid/ CPR training, ABC s... Airway: is it open? will it remain open?... Breathing: is there breathing? is it enough or do you have to assist...

First Aid: dog bites, tetnus shot, cant fight
tetnus shot, cant fight, animal bites: Hi, Your husband MUST go to a doctor. If there is an infection, he needs medication to get rid of it. Has he had a tetnus shot? They will probably give him one if he isn t up to date on his vaccines. Regarding the dogs, you really need to get in contact...

First Aid: dog bites, male dogs, female dogs
First Aid: dog bites, male dogs, female dogs, fight the fight

First Aid: gun shot to the heart, cause paralysis, lower extremities
cause paralysis, lower extremities, abdominal muscles: Hello again Tree, Ok.. if the patient gets hit just below the rib cage the bullet would probably miss the lungs so she s still able to speak and would die from blood loss rather than blood loss AND being unable to breath. if the bullet goes through the...

First Aid: Limited First Aid treatment of Arrow in Stomach?, realistic portrayal, forest canyon
realistic portrayal, forest canyon, rescue aircraft: Hello Ribonuke, I will start off by saying that, yes... the character could survive a few days with limited treatment though she would be in a lot of pain/ discomfort and probably have a really good infection (peritonitis if not sepsis encompassing the...

First Aid: Nosebleed and headache, left nostril, smoke one
left nostril, smoke one, throat infection: Hello John, First, to ease your mind, unless you have a serious bleeding disorder (which you would know about by now), it is very unlikely you would die from blood loss from a nose bleed. The majority of nosebleeds in younger people come from a mass of...

First Aid: sylvestry palm thorn toxins, palm tree, strenuous activity
palm tree, strenuous activity, irritants: Hello Gregory, I m not familiar with the sylvestry palm and when I looked online I didn t find a lot about it. You may want to look for someone who specializes in trees/ plants. I would assume if you were injured that easy by the palm there are others who...

First Aid: elbow, inch beam, soap and water
inch beam, soap and water, water work: Hi Christy, No question or problem is ever too small if it is a problem for you. The heat you feel could be a few things. That is a sign of both swelling and infection. The pain is also a sign of both. That said, without actually seeing the injury there...

First Aid: hangnail, alfredo alfredo, black salve
alfredo alfredo, black salve, blood drops: Alfredo, Don t open up the wound. The more holes you have in you the greater the chance for further infection. Clean it thoroughly and treat it with antibiotic salve. Then wrap it in a bandage (like Band-Aid, as large as you need) and remove and retreat...

First Aid: Writing a story, car crash, brain injury
car crash, brain injury, steering wheel: Hello Riley, A person can be unconscious from a few seconds to minutes, rarely, longer but usually have serious, debilitating brain injury. A minute or two is reasonable or a car crash like the one you ve described. A concussion: yes, a car rolling...

First Aid: Burn on Kneecap, sterile gauze pads, first degree burns
sterile gauze pads, first degree burns, thickness burns: If this just happened, keep something cold on the burned area. If the skin breaks, there is a danger of infection. First degree burns are on the surface layer of the skin. They become red swollen and are painful like a sunburn. Second degree burns...

First Aid: Cut my palm at base of left index finger, left index finger, pinkie finger
left index finger, pinkie finger, nerve damage: hi! First let me tell you that the purpose of first aid information is to treat emergent injuries or illnesses until they can be assessed or treated by medical professionals. That being said, I am not a doctor and certainly can t make a medical diagnosis...

First Aid: Glass wound, glass vase, cautious side
glass vase, cautious side, soap and water: I would suggest that you go to a doctor or walk in clinic in this case. It is possible that you could have a small piece of glass that got in the cut. If that is the case you will need to have it taken out. It is always better to be on the cautious side. If...

First Aid: Index finger cut, triple antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide
triple antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, warm soapy water: Hello Mike, Sorry to hear about your finger, I get a lot of finger injuries on here.. it s just the way we re built. From looking at the picture I can see that there is a little bruising (the dark/ black edges you see). The nail should be fine, the cut...

First Aid: needle in foot, cause nerve damage, tetanus shot
cause nerve damage, tetanus shot, puncture wound: Kristel, First let me tell you that first aid is for people who arrive on the scene of an accident or illness and must treat someone in order to stabilize them until the arrival of medical professionals. If you stepped on a needle and it is still in...

First Aid: Replacing old butterfly bandage for new, butterfly bandage, old strips
butterfly bandage, old strips, laceration: Sure you can, but I would not suggest it as a scab has already formed, removing the old strips will most likely open it up again. You don t say how bad the laceration is, does it need a stitch or two?? I would go to the local E R or walk in and have it checked,...

First Aid: roll over accident protocall, trauma centers, trauma care
trauma centers, trauma care, trauma center: Hi Amber; While I am not able to answer you second question regarding accountability, I have provided some information which may help in understanding the definition and role of a level 3 trauma care protocol. The excerpt below comes from the American...

First Aid: stubbed toe/broken toe?, naproxin, treatment suggestions
naproxin, treatment suggestions, broken toe: Hello Jill, Sorry to hear about your toe. Much of the time toes, broken or not, don t need a lot of intensive medical intervention. Unless you can see the bone ends under the skin on the top of the foot or the toe(s) are severely angulated to the point...

First Aid: upper respiratory infection, upper respiratory infection, sinus infection
upper respiratory infection, sinus infection, dry cough: Hello Stacy, It s not uncommon for sinus infection to drag on, even with antibiotics sometimes the infection persists. unfortunately, directly below the nose than throat is the lungs and as things travel down hill it s a battle to keep as much of that junk...

First Aid: Broken leg - delay in treatment, c shape, pain killers
c shape, pain killers, unnatural angle: Hello Cynthia, First aid for a fracture like that would be to splint the leg in place. A piece of cardboard bent in s C shape so the back and both sides of the leg are surrounded by cardboard would be a suggestion, and then tied snuggly. Depending on...

First Aid: Fixing up a nosebleed, neo synephrine, broken vessel
neo synephrine, broken vessel, cauterization: Hello again Sue, I haven t hear of any side effects from using Silver Nitrate other than a temporary staining of the tissue in contact with the Silver a dark color. as for cautery vs. packing... it would depend where in the nose the bleed is from, how much...

First Aid: Fixing up a nosebleed, nose bleeds, genetic disorder
First Aid: Fixing up a nosebleed, nose bleeds, genetic disorder, relatives

First Aid: Gunshot Knee, maximum life expectancy, international red cross
maximum life expectancy, international red cross, filthy conditions: Hello again Deirdre, I would recommend your character is hit in the side of the knee, it s a lot easier to do damage that way, in fact (I ve been told) it only takes 7 Lbs of force on the side of the knee to break it. That would cause a lot of pain, it...

First Aid: Hurt foot..., x ray, hands and feet
x ray, hands and feet, bruise: Hello Holly, Unfortunately, hands and feet are made up of a lot of small bones, tendons, and cartilage. They are very complex parts of the body and any number of tissues or bone could be damaged. Even with an X-Ray or CT it may not be clear if there is...

First Aid: injections, ophthalmic technician, local community college
ophthalmic technician, local community college, rubber arm: Hello Susan, I went through a 10 week phlebotomy class at years ago at one of the teaching hospitals here. it was quite intense, 12 hour days with hours of classroom learning, then rounds drawing patients either in the outpatient lab or on the floors. One...

First Aid: Lips cracking, shea butter, petroleum jelly
shea butter, petroleum jelly, vasoline: Hello Rod, This has happened to me from time to time, especially in Upstate NY during the winter when the air gets cold, and the air drys out... it literally sucks the moisture out of your skin. a thick coat of petroleum jelly (vasoline) at night helps...

First Aid: oxycodone use, berry aneurysm, increased intracranial pressure
berry aneurysm, increased intracranial pressure, carbon dioxide retention: Hello Curtis, For the best answer you should probably talk with a pharmacist, they are the real experts on medications.. I can look up some references and make sense out of the medical terminology for you but talk with the pharmacy and they can tell you...

First Aid: Rib cartilage/sternum pain, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, sternum pain
gas chromatography mass spectrometry, sternum pain, subtotal colectomy: Hello Alvie, I m sorry to hear about you multitude of aliments, I hope that some of this will be turned around, maybe by the upcoming surgery, maybe by luck? For your first question, yes... torn cartilage in the chest is painful, I can imagine taking...

First Aid: renewing, Re-training, CPR
Re-training, CPR, First Aid: Hi Cindy, The length of time any first aid or cpr certification is valid will depend on the organization you are certified with. The average is 2-3 years. CPR is recommended to re-certify every year. This is because protocols or what is suggested as the best...