Poisoning - What to do if you suspect poisoning? Poisoning. It’s unfortunate and can easily happen in all sorts of situations. Poisoning is injury or death due to swallowing, inhaling, touching or injecting various drugs, chemicals, venoms or gases. Substances or gasses, such as drugs and carbon monoxide, are poisonous only in higher concentrations or dosages. Other substances, such as household cleaners, are dangerous only if ingested. Children are particularly sensitive to even small amounts of certain drugs and chemicals. Poisoning Signs and Symptoms. Signs and symptoms depending on what has been ingested can all be different. Often times they can mimic other conditions, such as seizure, alcohol intoxication, stroke and insulin reaction. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Burns or redness around the mouth and lips
- Breath that smells like chemicals, such as gasoline or paint thinner
- Difficulty breathing
- Confusion or other altered mental status
Injuries and Wounds - Think you may need stitches? Injuries Injuries happen! People injure themselves on a daily basis in our active culture. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or during play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street. An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, and more. Wounds Scrapes, cuts, scratches, punctured skin. These are all considered wounds, or injuries that break the skin or other body tissues. Wounds often happen because of an accident, but surgery, sutures, and stitches - those items meant to fix a wound or injury, can also cause wounds. Minor wounds usually aren't serious, but it is important to ensure they are clean. Any open area should be cleaned and disinfected immediately to avoid serious infections. Wounds may require first aid followed by a visit to your doctor. Make sure to look at the depth of a wound, you will need to seek medical attention if it’s deep and you cannot close it yourself. Also if you can’t stop the bleeding, cannot get dirt or other debris out, or it is not healing, make sure to see your physician. Think you may need stitches? And many minor wounds (or lacerations) heal without medical intervention. But some injuries require stitches or other types of treatment to ensure proper healing. If you are experiencing any of the following, make sure to seek medical help and get stitches to your wound. Seek medical help, If your wound is:
- Deep enough to expose the dermis or yellow subcutaneous fatty tissue
- Gaping open so that you can’t easily use gentle pressure to press the edges together
- Located on or across a joint (You may also have damaged nerves, tendons, or ligaments.)
- The result of an animal or human bite (You may need a tetanus booster shot or oral antibiotics, as well as stitches.)
- A result of a foreign object impaling the area
- Made by a high-pressure impact from a projectile like a bullet
- Contaminated or resulting from a very dirty or rusty object
- Bleeding profusely (and flow does not appear to slow)
- On a cosmetically significant area, such as the face
- On or near the genitalia
No matter what the injury, being injured is not fun. The injury itself can be painful and the recovery time keeps you down. Nobody likes being injured! Did you know, injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. But, there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. There is so much information out there about injury prevention, we just wanted to share a few overall health tips to help you stay injury free in any situation.
- Warm Up Warming up is extremely important to a successful workout or training session. However, it’s even more important to reducing your risk of injury. By warming up, you’re making sure that your muscles are receiving enough blood and nutrients to work properly. Starting a hard workout before warming up means you’ll be working muscles when they don’t have enough fuel to take on a hard workout. Think of turning on your car in the cold weather and trying to accelerate fast. Your car has a harder time running without properly warming up first. It’s similar to working out before warming up. Strains are one of the most common injuries resulting from not warming up properly.
- Get Enough Sleep Getting enough sleep means your body is getting the rest it needs to perform at optimal speed. It means you’ll be more alert and less likely to end up with a traumatic injury from a stumble and fall. The body needs sleep to rejuvenate. Without that rejuvenation time, you’re more likely to injure yourself.
- Know When To Rest Over-training is one of the biggest leaders of injuries, especially overuse injuries like strains. Similar to getting enough sleep, your body needs time to rest between hard workouts. Overworking your muscles means putting more strain on them than what they can handle. Knowing your limits and listening to your body can mean the difference between staying pain-free and getting an injury.
- Know Your Weaknesses Everybody has a weakness. This weakness is what leads to injuries like strains and tears. Learning where your weaknesses lie means that you can target those muscles and strengthen them. Athletic trainers and physical therapists are especially knowledgeable in determining a weakness. They can then suggest proper training techniques and exercises that will strengthen those areas.
- Cross-Train and Condition Ensuring you’re working all the muscles means that you’re strengthening your body as a whole. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments all support each other. Whether you feel like you’re using a particular muscle or not, it’s supporting your body in one way or another as you work. Cross training will ensure you’re working all the muscles of the body, and not just specific ones. Cross training and conditioning leads to overall fitness, making sure you’re strong and well rounded.
Summer bring activity and activity sometimes causes injury. A lot of times in your knees. Whether it's due to arthritis or an injury, it is important to keep an eye on what is actually causing knee pain. To start, the knee supports motions such as walking, running, crouching, jumping, and turning. Several parts help the knee to do its job, including:
- When did the pain start?
- How did the pain start?
- Is the pain linked to an injury?
- How severe is the pain?
- How has the pain changed over time?
- What makes the pain worse and what makes it better?
- What treatment has been used so far?
- Has this ever happened before?