For Bee Stings, Remove the Stinger
Bee stings are least painful when the stinger is removed as fast as possible -- by any means.
Knees Are Casualties of Women's Sports
Active women are at least twice as likely to suffer serious knee injuries as men, but it's not just athletes who are at risk.
Soothing that Sunburn
Here's one effective remedy: Keep a bottle of moisturizing lotion in the refrigerator. If you suffer a sunburn, rub the cooling lotion on your skin. Repeat as often as needed.
Sports Injuries: When to Call the Doctor
Sports injuries can be either acute traumatic, which require immediate medical care, or chronic overuse injuries.
What to Do if You Get Something in Your Eye
Fight the impulse to rub furiously until the dust or dirt is gone. You might scratch your cornea or otherwise damage your eye.
Softball's Most Dangerous Move: The Slide
The best way to eliminate sliding injuries is to use bases designed to pop loose when they are struck too hard.
A Closer Look at Bruises
Bruises are a part of life. By the time you notice a bruise, though, it's already started to heal.
The Best Ways to Treat, Prevent Tendonitis
Tendonitis is your body's way of telling you, "Enough! You're putting too much stress on this muscle and joint."
5 Exercises to Prevent an Aching Neck
Although neck pain can be the result of stress, age or injury, it is most often associated with poor posture.
New Parents...Sore Backs
When it comes to parenting, back injury is an occupational hazard. New mothers, whose backs have just endured the stresses of pregnancy and birth, are particularly vulnerable. So are taller fathers and mothers who must bend farther than others to scoop up tots from playpens.
Know When a Bandage Will Suffice
The first and best thing to do with a wound is wash it with soap and cool water. If it's bleeding, elevate it above the heart.
Winter's Cool Advice: Watch Out for Hypothermia
Anyone who doesn't dress warmly enough or gets overheated then chilled while outside risks developing hypothermia.
What to Do if Someone Collapses
Would you know what to do if a friend or acquaintance collapsed while you were there? Knowing how to respond in such a situation is crucial to the person's recovery.
We bruise when blood vessels beneath our skin rupture and bleed. As alarming as these purplish marks can be, they're usually harmless. With passing years, however, they become increasingly common with the mildest bump or blow.
How to Avoid Common Running Injuries
Knowing about common injuries and how to prevent them can keep you on track toward achieving your fitness goals.
How to Recover From a Back Injury
Back pain is something you don't want to repeat. Recovering properly from a back injury and taking preventive measures can help you reduce your risk of going through it again.
Weighing the Risks, Benefits of Back Surgery
The reasons for back surgery typically vary with a patient's age.
Protecting Your Child from Sports Injuries
Most children depend on recreational and school sports for exercise and fun. But too many young athletes suffer needless injuries.
A Serious Look at Fainting
Fainting is a loss of consciousness, falling down or needing to lie down, followed by spontaneous recovery. Fainting by itself is not a problem, but it could be a sign of a serious health condition.
Planning Ahead for Travel Emergencies
Whether you're headed for the beach, the outback or the big city for your summer vacation, you should add a few more items to your to-do list.
What to Expect in the Emergency Room
A trip to an emergency room (ER) is something you or a loved one may never have to face. But it's wise to know something about emergency medicine in case the unexpected occurs.
A Strategy for Scars
To reduce scarring, keep the skin area out of the sun. Ultraviolet rays can darken your scar, making it more noticeable.
How to Respond to a Medical Emergency
Taking a standard first-aid and CPR class can help prepare you for most medical emergencies. The National Safety Council, the Red Cross and many hospitals offer classes. The following suggestions can help you respond appropriately.
How to Respond to an Eye Injury
If you suffer a serious eye injury, what you don't do immediately afterward may help more than what you do.
Save That Tooth!
If your child gets a tooth knocked out, find it if you can and treat it with care. See your dentist as soon as possible.
911 Basics: Responding to a Heart Attack
Chest pain could be simple indigestion or a heart attack. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack, and knowing how to respond, could save a life. The following guidelines can help you make the right decisions and take the right steps when seconds count.
Sprains, Strains, Breaks: What’s the Difference?
If you've sprained your ankle, you know what pain is. But maybe that "sprain" was a "strain" or possibly even a "break." The amount of pain in each case can be virtually equal.
Injuries Plague Athletic Baby Boomers
As we age, our bodies change. Knee joints have less cartilage; bones become more brittle and connective tissues less pliable.
In Case of Emergency...Be Ready for Anything
Don't wait to think about disaster until you're dealing with one. In the hurried confusion, you're likely to miss important items as you prepare your home or leave to seek shelter.
Sprained Ankles Need Attention
When you sprain an ankle, one or more ligaments on the outside of your ankle become stretched or torn.
Emergency Care: When Is It the Right Choice?
You may think of the ER as a source of the most immediate medical attention, but if your situation is not a real emergency, this isn't true.
Massage Therapy for Back Pain
More than half of American adults seek medical treatment for back pain at some point in their lives.
Appendicitis: Children and Teens
Appendicitis, an infection of the appendix, is the most common reason for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.
Avoiding Non-Impact Eye Injuries
You may think wearing goggles is enough to protect your eyes, but many injuries can happen to your eyes that goggles won't prevent.
What to Do About a Sports Injury
Whether it's a twisted ankle, a shin splint or a strained muscle, when should you see a doctor for a sports injury?
What You Can Do About Dog Bites
Dogs are responsible for 85 to 90 percent of all animal bites. But, many incidents can be avoided.
Living Wills Offer Peace of Mind
A living will tells others how you want to be treated when it comes to life-sustaining measures.
Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?
Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.
Put a Stop to Nerve Injuries Called Stingers
Stingers occur when the shoulder and head go in opposite directions, the head is moved quickly to one side, or the area above the collarbone is hit.
Avoiding Joint Injuries
Common injuries include a twisted ankle, sprained wrist, overextended elbow and damaged knee ligaments. Fortunately, you can take steps to help prevent joint damage.
Save Your Child From Injuries
Every day, injuries send 25,000 children to emergency rooms. Simple precautions could head off most of those trips.
For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat
After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature -- especially heat -- as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-related illnesses.
Emergency Symptoms for People Who Use Insulin
Under certain circumstances, people who take insulin can have symptoms that require immediate action and, in some cases, treatment in a hospital emergency room.
Offsite Health Care Options
Many forms of emergency treatment take place outside the emergency room, and even many surgeries are performed in locations other than a hospital operating room.
Self-Treat? Or See a Doctor?
When you’re sick, knowing whether you should treat yourself at home or see your doctor can save you time and hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars a year.
What's in a First Aid Kit?
Whether you buy a first aid kit at a drug store or put one together yourself, make sure it has all the items you may need, such as medications and emergency phone numbers.
Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes
Cuts and scrapes are everyday occurrences, and most can be safely treated at home. Knowing how to clean and care for a cut yourself and when to seek a doctor’s care can help reduce infection and speed healing.
Grow Older in Good Health
Get a jump on the rest of your life by committing yourself to making the following changes in your lifestyle today.
Heart Attacks and Women
For many women, a heart attack may feel like a strange discomfort in the back or some other easily ignored sign, instead of crushing chest pain.
What You Need to Know About Burn Prevention
Here are suggestions on how to prevent most types of burns.
What to Do About a Pain in the Neck
Most neck pain is caused by sleeping on a bed that’s too soft, poor posture, stress, neck strains or degenerative joint disease that occurs when the joints of the neck become inflamed or a disc pushes outward from its normal position.
Just Do It—But Don't Overdo It
Exercise is good for you. You're probably sick of hearing that message.
But did you know too much exercise can make you sick?
Allergies on Vacation
If you’re heading out of town, and you or your child has allergies or asthma, proper planning can help you keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing and attacks under control.
Taking Care of Head Injuries
The most common causes of head injuries are auto and motorcycle accidents, falls and violent assaults.
Low Back Pain
Low back pain can range from mild, dull, and annoying to persistent, severe, and disabling pain. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.
How to Avoid Sports Injuries
Sports injury rates could be reduced by 25 percent if all athletes — professionals and amateurs — followed essential safety, conditioning, and preventive strategies.
How to Stay Out of the ER
ER doctors and technology save lives. But some people use the ER simply because it’s convenient, or they don’t want to make a doctor’s appointment.
Little League Goes to Bat for Safety
Pitchers ages 10 and under can throw no more than 75 pitches a game. After that, they can't pitch until they rest for four days.
Essential Eye Protection
Most eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the proper protective eyewear.
Treating Minor Childhood Injuries
Scrapes and sprains are a fact of life for most children, so it’s good to know what to do when they come home with a minor injury.
Don't Take Your Eyes for Granted
The number of people losing their vision is growing, yet experts say much of this vision loss could be prevented.
Child Health Emergencies
A good guideline to follow is that a medical emergency is any time your child has an injury or illness you believe threatens his or her health or may cause permanent harm.
When to Call the Doctor for Childhood Illnesses
Many childhood illnesses are mild enough to be treated at home. But what about when the symptoms are more severe?
What You Must Know About Suicide
In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame.
Watch that Backpack Load
When your child acts as if she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders, maybe you should check her backpack.
How Safe Are Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?
Overall, cosmetics and personal care items are considered safe. But that doesn't mean that there aren't risks associated with their use, particularly if you don't use them correctly.
Spinal Cord Injury
A traumatic injury to the spine can cause a bruise, a partial tear, or a complete tear in the spinal cord. The most common sites of injury are the cervical and thoracic areas.
Keep an Eye on These Symptoms
It’s important to be aware of a number of signs that can alert you to a serious health problem. Check out these symptoms that shouldn't be ignored.
CPR Training and You
If you know CRP, you could make the difference between life and death for a stranger or someone in your family.
How to Avoid Common First Aid Mistakes
Rather than helping, common first aid mistakes can make matters worse. Here are a few common first aid falsehoods and what you should do instead.
Home Remedies: What Works? What Doesn’t?
Can cranberry juice help prevent a urinary tract infection? How about cucumbers for puffy eyes? Read on to find out more about home remedies.
Tackling Kids' Sports Injuries
Enroll your child in organized sports groups or clubs that demonstrate a commitment to injury prevention. Coaches should be trained in first aid and insist on proper use of safety equipment.