Stay safe this 4th of July!
My state’s Fire Marshall recently reported
a drop in fireworks-related injuries and fires in 2018.
That’s good news, but 209 injuries is still too many.
As a nurse I’ve seen what both legal and illegal fireworks can do to hands and faces. It’s not pretty.
It’s especially tragic when small children are burned or disfigured.
I ran across this young girl’s PSA about fireworks …
read on Infections can be expensive!
When my son was about 10 years old, he developed a nasty blister on his foot after a long hike in poorly-fitting shoes. I wasn’t aware of the blister until several days later when he came to me with what was obviously a badly infected sore between two of his toes.
I had to take him to the pediatrician to have the wound lanced (opened) and …
read on Spring is here and summer is around the corner.
That means bugs.
And unfortunately, many of these insects and arachnids bite or burrow and cause intense itchiness. At worse, they spread disease.
So here are a few tips on treating some of the more common bug bites.
It’s easier to prevent and treat bites if you know what type of insect (six legs) or arachnid (eight legs) you’re dealing with.…
read on A recent study out of my alma mater, the University of Washington, says that as global temperatures continue to rise, so will the number of heat-related deaths. “Older adults, children and outdoor workers are among those populations particularly susceptible to higher temperatures,” [Professor Kristie L.] Ebi said.
But there are heat-related deaths every summer, and it’s always been important to be informed about how to prevent heat exhaustion …
In my state, Washington, spring/early summer is an especially dangerous time around our streams and rivers. The melted snow coming down from the mountains makes the water very high and very fast. Parents and small children are often unaware of the danger and not prepared.
I’m listing some basic summer water safety tips, but drownings can happen year round in hot tubs, bathtubs, ponds, lakes—pretty much any source of water. …
read on Yesterday a well-known celebrity died following a stroke at the pretty young age of 52. I’m re-publishing this post to remind everyone how to spot a stroke and get help FAST! FN What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood (oxygen) cannot get to the brain tissue, and the brain cells die. A stroke can be caused by a clot (called an
ischemic stroke) or a ruptured blood vessel … read on Nosebleeds: A common nuisance
I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t had a nosebleed at least once in his or her life. And yet, people rarely know the best way to treat them. Lean forward or backwards? Ice or no ice?
The mucosal lining of your nose is highly vascular, which is why it bleeds so easily—and so much.
This lining is also thin and easily broken. By far, …
read on Stick to the basics and buy generic
Everyone has a home pharmacy or medicine cabinet: a drawer or cupboard or box where they stash all their over-the-counter (OTC) products and prescription medications.
Bathrooms are the worst place to store medicine. The above-average temperatures and moisture cause drugs to break down faster.
My home pharmacy is a small basin in a kitchen cupboard. I purposefully chose a small container so I …
read on What do topical pain relievers do?
A few weeks ago I posted about
how to save money on oral over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Then I decided to look into topical pain relievers. This post provides an overview of what’s available, and how to choose the right one and save money.
I was totally surprised at the scope of products available online and at the drugstore! …
read on A common summer ailment
Few summer ailments are as common as sunburns.
If you or your kids get a sunburn, here are some simple steps you can take to stop the burning and promote healing.
You don’t need to buy a bunch of special or expensive products. The important steps are to stop the burning, treat the pain, and stay hydrated.
Sunscreen—Prevention is key
Use sunscreen! The
… American Academy of read on