Archive | May, 2015

How to avoid measles during an outbreak

The increase in the number of measles cases as well as the outbreaks has left many wondering if their children are at risk. Many understand that measles is a preventable disease through vaccination, but some are not truly certain when their children are fully protected against measles. The measles vaccination provides protection against measles but those […]

Altitude illness

Individuals who engage in active vacations should take into consideration measures to prevent altitude illness. If an individual trains at low altitude and plans to engage in activity at areas with high altitude, there are vital concerns to bear in mind. Diminished level of oxygen When moving from sea level to an area with high […]

Symptoms of MRSA

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacterial infection that is becoming quite common in various countries around the globe. It is difficult to treat since it is immune to various antibiotics utilized in treating a variety of staph infections. It is important to note that MRSA can manifest in various parts of the body. […]

Management of backcountry burns

It is important to note that burns are among the common injuries while camping. Cooking and camping in the outdoors can be dangerous, especially if the individual plans to cook over an open fire or if he/she lights a campfire for heat. Since most have to depend on a limited wilderness first aid kit or […]

What is a surgical drain?

A surgical drain is typically used after a surgical procedure or used to help deal with a collection of fluids or treat an infection such as an abscess. Having a drain sounds frightening for many individuals but the device can actually hasten the healing process and help prevent the development of complications. It is important […]

Treating a stingray sting

If an individual was accidentally stung by a stingray, he/she is likely to experience a very painful reaction.  Remember that there is limited information regarding the toxin from a stingray sting, only that it is protein-based and can be dangerous. This is why it is vital to be prepared on what to do in case […]

Femur fracture

The femur is considered as the biggest and sturdiest bone in the body. The femur is the high bone which extends from the hip joint down to the knee joint. Since the femur is a sturdy bone, it typically requires great force to cause a femur fracture. What are the causes of a femur fracture? […]

What is a bone bruise?

A bone bruise is often utilized by doctors but many individuals find the term confusing and wonder what it means to have one. Even today, there is controversy on what exactly a bone bruise is and why they occur. Before the use of MRI, there was no form of testing for a bone bruise and […]

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