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First aid is a complicated subject and it is situation-specific. First aid is the help and medical assistance that someone gives, not only to an injured person, but to a person who is sick. Preparedness is a key element of first aid, like having basic medical emergency kits in your home, car, boat, or RV. Cuts, puncture wounds, sprains, strains, nosebleeds are one type of injury that may require first aid; heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and heat stroke are examples of more critical first aid emergencies.

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    • Appendicitis Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Appendicitis often causes fever, loss of appetite, and right lower quadrant...learn more »
    • Burns (First Aid) Burns are categorized by severity as first, second, or third degree. First degree burns are similar to a painful sunburn. The...learn more »
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      Burns (First Aid) Article
      • Introduction to burns
      • How are burns classified?
      • What is the significance of the amount of body area burned?
      • How important is the location of a burn?
      • What about electrical burns?
      • What about chemical burns?
      • First aid for burns
    • Cuts, Scrapes and Puncture Wounds Cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds are common, and most people will experience one of these in their lifetime. Evaluating the...learn more »
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      Cuts, Scrapes and Puncture Wounds Article
      • Cuts, scrapes (abrasions), and puncture wounds facts
      • What is the best first aid for a cut or scrape?
      • Who should seek medical care for a cut?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a wound infection?
      • How are puncture wounds different?
      • Will I need a tetanus shot for a cut, scrape, or puncture wound?
    • Dehydration Dehydration is the excessive loss of body water. There are a number of causes of dehydration including heat exposure, prolonged...learn more »
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      Dehydration Article
      • Dehydration facts
      • What is dehydration?
      • What causes dehydration?
      • Dehydration pictures
      • What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration?
      • What about dehydration in children?
      • How is dehydration diagnosed?
      • How is dehydration treated?
      • Can I treat dehydration at home?
      • What are the complications of dehydration?
      • How can dehydration be prevented?
    • Frostbite (Cold Weather-Related Injuries) There are two categories to cold weather-related injuries. 1) no freezing of body tissue (trench foot and chilblains), and 2)...learn more »
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      Frostbite (Cold Weather-Related Injuries) Article
      • Frostbite and Cold Weather-Related Injuries Facts
      • Introduction to frostbite and cold weather-related injuries
      • What type of injuries can be caused by cold weather?
      • Cold weather-related injuries without tissue freezing
      • Chilblains
      • Trench foot
      • Frostnip
      • Cold weather-related injuries with tissue freezing
      • Frostbite
      • What does frostbite look like (frostbite pictures)?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of frostbite?
      • How should frostbite and other cold weather-related injuries be treated?
      • What is the recovery time for a frostbite injury?
      • When should a person seek medical care for a cold weather-related injury?
      • Who is most likely to get a cold weather-related injury and what can be done to prevent it?
    • Poison Ivy Poison ivy, oak, and sumac contain a substance called urushiol, which causes a rash on people who come in contact with them....learn more »
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      Poison Ivy Article
      • Poison ivy, oak, and sumac facts
      • What are poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac?
      • What causes a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?
      • What are risk factors for poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?
      • What are symptoms and signs of a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?
      • How do physicians diagnose poison ivy, oak, and sumac rashes?
      • What is the treatment for a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?
      • Are there any home remedies for a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?
      • What is the prognosis of a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?
      • Is it possible to prevent a poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash?

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