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First aid tips and tricks

First aid tips and tricks

Knowing a lot about many different areas of expertise is not something that is encouraged today. People believe that they should only know and understand things from their own line of work, and that acquiring knowledge and skills from all other areas is just a waste of time, because there are people whose job is to know those things.

I strongly disagree with those people, because there is no knowledge or skill that is useless. Many people know nothing about first aid, apart from little that was left from the time they had to pass it to get their driver license. This is a common mistake, due to the price of paramedics and the fact that common situations that require first aid are simple to learn. And if you have to call someone in the case of emergency, you should know who to call and when.

When it comes to bee stings or any other type of stings there is small chance that the person is allergic to them and paramedic intervention is unnecessary. You can deal with that by yourself and save some money that way. If there are no allergic symptoms present in the victim then simply remove the sting ( if there is any ), and use ice to control the swelling. Keep the part of the body that has been stung in elevated state ( if it is possible ) and control pain with basic painkillers. If a person shows allergy symptoms then call paramedics.

firstaid-kitIt is similar thing with bruises, if we talk about treatment in home. Ice on the bruise for up to two days, by keeping ice on the bruise for 15 minutes at a time ( with a cloth protecting the bruise from direct contact with ice ). Try not to disturb the area with bruise, and elevate it if possible. Bruises that hurt ( extreme pain ), swell or show redness should not be treated at home. Bruises on face shouldn’t be treated in home as well ,because there may be scars left if it is not treated professionally.

Similar to bruises are cuts or lacerations. More serious cases should be treated by professionals, but small cuts can be mended in the confines of your home. If a cut is small then first step is to stop the bleeding from it. This can be done by pressure that should be applied on the area of the cut.

Second step is the most important, and that is cleaning and protection of the cut. This process should start with cleaning of the cut which is done with warm water ( boil it before to be sure it is clean ) and soap ( if you have a gentle soup it will reduce the pain other soups may cause ). Instead of water you can use strong medical alcohol if you have some, yes it will sting, but it will sterilize the wound and exclude the chance of infection.

If you don’t have medical alcohol then some other antibiotic ointment should be used to reduce the chance of infection. A sterile bandage should finish the job.

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