Do you know how to tell the difference between a minor cut and one that is serious enough to require stitches?
This article explains how to properly clean an open wound. Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide should never be used. Find out what should be used, instead.
Formerly known as Staphaseptic, Tecnu First Aid Gel is my family's go-to treatment for preventing infections in cuts.
Is there something creepy, crawly, and buzzing in your ear? This technique will help you safely remove an insect from your ear.
Is there a difference between a common hangover and alcohol poisoning? What are the symptoms of a hangover versus alcohol poisoning?
There are no set temperatures or conditions that are guaranteed to cause heat exhaustion or other heat-related injuries. Learn the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.
BPA is a compound found in plastics. Whether it's a bottle of water, a lid for coffee cups, a pre-packaged salad container or just that huge jug of water on the water cooler, it seems that we encounter many plastic products every day.
What should you do when you’re bitten a snake? Kill/capture the snake? Suck out the venom? Worry about infection? Go to the hospital? This article presents the best advice for dealing with snakebites.
Kaolin and zeolite are minerals that can be very useful in first aid treatments. They help to stop bleeding by aiding our body's blood-clotting process.
Do you know the basic steps to administering first aid? Assessing and caring for an injured person until emergency services arrive can help you to potentially save someone's life!
No matter how insignificant you think a cut, abrasion, puncture or burn is, it's always best to give the wound a quick clean. Learn how to prevent infection.
Carbon monoxide in the environment is harmful. However, carbon monoxide made inside the body has important functions and may one day be used as a medicine.
The scorpion fish and lionfish are from the same venomous family of fish. I'd never heard of them until one day when I had the misfortune of stepping on one whilst on holiday in Greece.
Learning how to tie knots is essential for emergency and disaster situations. It's a skill that many take for granted.
Be ready for anything! Be prepared with a first aid kit that will help you treat paper cuts and more.
Australian redback spider bites hurt, and the pain increases with time. Here's my experience, including symptoms and treatment recommended by an expert, as well as how to avoid bites.
It's time to break out hiking boots and sandals! When they rub in the wrong places, do you know how to treat the blisters that form on your feet?
Children and pets are the most vulnerable populations to poisonings. Every year, over one million children are affected globally. Do you know what to do in case of an accidental poisoning?
Nearly every homeowner fears bed bugs and fleas. Not only are they hard to get rid of, but they also can be dangerous to you and your pets. Do you know how to tell the difference between the two?
When you feel that tell-tale pinch and swat the mosquito away, you know what comes next. Swelling, itching, that annoying red bump—it's time to swing into action.
I've been using a mosquito net for a month. Previously, I was bitten frequently despite using a variety of supposedly effective solutions. In a time of spreading mosquito disease, a net is essential.
When the weather is hot, do you seek out the shade? If you suffer from sunburn or heat stroke, you should take avoiding action. High temperatures can kill. Here are six tips to help you beat the heat and protect your health.
Did you get stung or bitten by fire ants? Fire ant bites are itchy and painful due to the fact that they're a bite and a sting all in one. Read here about treatment tips and home remedies.
Tips for weathering the storm when you have food allergies, including food and water storage and safety, medications to check and supply, documents to carry, and what to bring when evacuating.
Homemade heat/ice packs are not only easy to make, they are less expensive and more durable than what you can find in the store. Learn how to make a DIY heat/ice pack here.
Originating from Australia, the white tail spider is now one of only two dangerous species of spiders found in New Zealand.
Kerosene is toxic and is very dangerous if ingested. This is the story of how the author accidentally drank kerosene as a child.
Poison oak can cause a horrible rash when you are exposed to it. How do you identify the plant? What can you do if you get a rash and how long will it last? How to remove poison oak plants, as well.
Raisins, rocks, seeds, beads, bells, and buttons: all of these objects will fit in a small child's nose.
Do bumblebees sting? How much does it hurt, and is it dangerous? What is the treatment? Can the sting kill a dog or cat?
Should dog bites be treated at home or by a doctor? Learn about dog bite first aid, dog bite infection, dog bite force, and why dogs bite in the first place. Photos and videos included.
Find out which supplies you need to make a proper first aid kit. This essential supply list, as well as other helpful tips, will help prepare you for that unexpected emergency.
Be a B.A.D.A.S.S. parent. Learn emergency first aid survival skills like how to respond to choking, cuts, poison, burns, bites, broken bones, allergies, concussions, and getting help. Parent 911.
Do you have a fish bone stuck in your throat? Read on to find out if it's really stuck and if so, how to remove it yourself, as quickly and pain-free as possible.
Small skin blisters can heal by themselves, but a little help at home can speed up the healing process, bringing longed-for relief.
Second-degree burns can be very painful, and once they heal they can leave unsightly scars. How to identify and treat second-degree burns, and what to do to reduce scarring.
Rat bites, whether from a wild or a domestic rat, can be very serious. This article focuses on how to treat rat bites in order to prevent infection.
Been bitten? Ugly flea bite marks can make your life a misery, but here are some tips to save your blushes.
There are many types of common bugs, and many types of bug bites that cause swelling. Waking up with bite marks in the morning is no fun, and knowing what kind of bug you're dealing with can help to eliminate them quickly.