How to Prevent Burns from Playground Equipment

How to Prevent Burns from Playground Equipment

During the summer months many parents head to the playground during the day to give their children the chance to play. There are burn hazards involved with the playground, however, since a lot of the equipment is made of metal. When this metal is exposed to the heat of the sun, it can get extremely hot and burn a child’s little hands and legs. In the United States, there were approximately 1,200 visits made to the emergency department from 2010 up to 2015 due to burns associated with this equipment. Metal slides can be especially...

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The Most Common Illnesses and Injuries of the Summer

The Most Common Illnesses and Injuries of the Summer

    Summer is a great time to get outside to enjoy the weather but this is also the time of the year when specific illnesses and injuries are more common. People are playing sports, walking through the woods and enjoying the water, which can all lead to certain injuries and illnesses. Here are 10 of the most common ailments you’ll run across during the hot, summer months:   Drowning Water sports and diving injuries Sunburn Dehydration Heatstroke Insect bites and stings Russ dermatitis (after exposure to poison oak, sumac...

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What Is Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia?

What Is Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia?

Exercise-associated hyponatremia is a condition that is experienced after long-term physical exertion. It is mainly experienced by athletes that are competing in triathlons, marathons and other athletic events. Climbers and hikers can also fall victim to this disorder. In a sense, It can be considered to be the opposite of dehydration as it is linked to excessive intake of water. It is also more likely to present itself in athletes that are suffering from renal water handling abnormalities or hormonal irregularities. This is a...

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First-Aid for Bug Bites

First-Aid for Bug Bites

    It’s that time of year again. The bugs are out in full force and we are also spending more time outside enjoying the great weather. Insect bites are indeed a part of life but there are some that are more damaging than others. As well, a person that is allergic to a certain type of bug bite could end up facing a life or death situation if first-aid is not administered immediately.   Most insect bites only cause a mild reaction if the person doesn’t have an allergy to them. Bites from ants, wasps, bees, flies and...

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First-Aid for Sunburns

First-Aid for Sunburns

  Sunburns are caused by extensive exposure of the skin to sunlight or tanning lights. A person can get a sunburn on a sunny or a cloudy day and it’s even possible to get burnt when it’s snowing. It can be an extremely painful condition that can range from mild to severe. Most cases aren’t serious enough to warrant medical aid but there are some severe cases where the burn is bad enough that common home remedies won’t help and the person must visit a physician.     Symptoms of Sunburn The three symptoms...

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What’s the Difference between Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion?

What’s the Difference between Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion?

    At this time of the year it’s important to learn the distinguishing features of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Although many of the symptoms can be the same, heatstroke is much worse than heat exhaustion and warrants an immediate 911 call. In many cases, heat exhaustion can simply be managed at home.     Heat Exhaustion Heat exhaustion can set in over time or can start suddenly. If you have been playing or working in the heat and perspiring heavily or have become dehydrated, heat exhaustion may come into play....

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Learn How to Identify the Different Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attacks in Women and Men

Learn How to Identify the Different Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attacks in Women and Men

  Cardiovascular disease is a leading killer in Canada for both women and men. In many cases the signs and symptoms of a heart attack may be difficult to read – especially in women. It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms in both genders quickly so that the condition can be identified and medical attention can be sought immediately.       Heart Attack Symptoms in Men The most common symptoms of a heart attack in men include: Discomfort or pain in the chest, arms, back or neck Nausea and/or a...

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When and How to Move an Injured Person

When and How to Move an Injured Person

In most cases, you shouldn’t move a person that has been injured away from the scene of the accident while waiting for medical personnel to arrive. If the victim is in danger or if the overall situation looks risky and you know that you’ll be able to move the person without harming yourself, it may be necessary to get the person out of harm’s way. The victim should be moved to the closest location that could be considered safe and you should ask them to cooperate if they are still conscious. How to Move an Injured Person Do...

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How to Treat Blisters

How to Treat Blisters

A blister is a bump that is filled with fluid that looks like a bubble. They are commonly formed due to repeated rubbing of the skin against a surface but they can also form when the skin is exposed to heat for an extended period of time. When the skin becomes damaged it starts to leak fluid which forms below the skin’s top layer. In most cases a blister will heal on its own without any medical intervention. If you leave the blister alone it will begin the healing process and will decrease in size naturally. In order to stop the...

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How to Build a Backpacking First-Aid Kit

How to Build a Backpacking First-Aid Kit

If you like hiking and backpacking on the trails and spending some time away from civilization, you’ll need to have a first-aid kit by your side. It’s one of the essentials that should always be carried when you’re taking a hike and it’s especially important that you pack one for an overnight camping trip. The kit should include some items that would be used regularly, such as bandages and pain relievers along with other items that would be useful in a critical emergency. The size of the kit would all depend on how many...

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