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How to Get Glass Out of Your Foot in 4 Steps

Stepping on glass isn’t fun. Luckily, most people are able to treat this issue at home. Follow these simple steps on how to get glass out of your...

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What to Do If You Step on a Nail

Stepping on a rusty nail can be painful. Find out how to treat the puncture wounds at home and when to see a doctor. Stepping on a nail may cause a...

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Hemorrhage Types and Treatment

Learn more about hemorrhages, how they're categorized, how they're treated, and when bleeding is a medical emergency. Technically, hemorrhage...

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First Aid Treatment for a Puncture Wound

Puncture wounds can be serious depending on depth and location. Learn about first aid steps to take, how to control bleeding, and when to call 911....

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How to Safely Remove a Splinter

Some splinters will work their way out without removal. But to avoid an infected splinter, learn how to remove one safely and when to see the doctor....

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First Aid for Bruises, Cuts, and Punctures

Learn how to properly treat cuts from a kitchen knife, scrapes from the playground, and more to heal faster and prevent infection.

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Can You Use Super Glue to Heal Cuts and Scrapes?

Learn how and why super glue is being used on minor cuts and scrapes and how it works to help heal the skin, which includes stopping initial...

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Treating a Jammed Finger

Learn these five steps to help protect, heal, strengthen, diagnose, and start reusing your finger after jamming it. You may know that a jammed finger...

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What to Do If You Experience a Sharps Injury

A sharps injury can pose risk for infections like HIV and hepatitis, but they are rare and avoidable if you follow safe practices and prevention...

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Treating a Minor Bruise

You can't stop a bruise, but if you act quickly there's a lot you can do to help it fade faster. Here are some tips for treating minor...

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How to Treat a Laceration

A laceration is an irregular cut in the skin caused by a sharp object. Treatment for a laceration typically depends on just how deep the cut is. A...

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The Best Treatment Tips for a Black Eye

A black eye is not uncommon. Even a minor impact to the face can result in a large, angry-looking shiner. Learn how to correctly treat the bruise. A...

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Is It Pressure or Is It Gauze That Stops Bleeding?

Can you stop bleeding with just your hands or do you need gauze? Learn the better way to stop bleeding. You can stop bleeding with just your hands,...

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What Is a Hematoma?

A hematoma is a pooling of blood from ruptured vessels. It can cause a superficial bruise or something as serious as a life-threatening brain injury....

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Do I Need Stitches for This Wound?

Some open wounds will benefit from stitches while others may not. Learn the difference before you head to the emergency room. If you've had an...

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An Overview of Rug Burns

Rug burns are friction burns that come from fibrous sources like rugs and carpets. They are treated like other burns and are usually not serious. Rug...

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Should You Use Neosporin on a Cut?

Some folks are big believers of triple antibiotic ointments while others feel they are unnecessary. Learn about the pros and cons of Neosporin. When...

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How to Treat Accidental Knife Cuts in the Kitchen

Cutting yourself with a knife during food prep is the best and worst place to get a cut. There are lots of bacteria, but soap and water are also...

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The Different Types of Chest Trauma and Injuries

Chest trauma can be penetrating or blunt. Learn about the different types of chest injuries and what can be done to treat them. Chest trauma can be...

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Symptoms of Internal Bleeding

Symptoms of internal bleeding include shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and pain. Reviewed by a board-certified emergency medicine physician....

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How to Treat a Cut on Your Finger

Learn about first aid tips you should know to treat a wound at home and assess if you need additional medical attention if you've cut your...

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An Overview of Ruptured Spleen

Ruptured spleen refers to damage to the spleen that results in bleeding into the abdominal cavity. It usually happens after trauma. Learn more about...

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An Overview of Ecchymosis

Ecchymosis is a large area of skin discoloration that occurs after a trauma or it can be due to medications or other causes of blood seepage....

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When You Should See a Doctor for a Cut or Scrape

Not every little cut is worthy of a doctor's visit. Learn how to treat cuts at home, how to tell if your scrape is infected, and when to see a...

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Why Scabs Itch and Why You Shouldn’t Scratch Them

Itching is part of the healing process of skin regrowth when you have a wound or scab. Here’s what’s going on and why it’s a good thing...

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How To Treat an Avulsion or Degloving

Avulsions are chunks of tissue removed from the body, which need immediate treatment and have a high infection risk. Learn about avulsion treatment....

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How to Handle a Gunshot Wound

Bullet wounds need immediate medical care. Call 911, and follow these basic steps to stop bleeding and help a gunshot victim until they reach the...

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Is it a Bruise or Hematoma?

While bruises and hematomas can look alike and be treated similarly, there are key differences to know about. Reviewed by a board-certified doctor....

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