How to Help a Friend with Alcohol Poisoning

Knowing how to help a friend with alcohol poisoning can help save a life. An alcohol overdose –– also known as alcohol poisoning –– occurs when a substantial amount of alcohol is consumed in a short period of time (binge drinking), shutting down vital parts of the brain that control your breathing, heart rate, and body temperature. When this happens, the consequences can be irreversible or even fatal. Though alcohol poisoning can seem like a common college illness, it can happen to anyone and is incredibly serious. Increased alcohol consumption can be one of the tell-tale signs of stress as Read More..

Top 6 COVID Vaccine Myths Debunked & Fact Checked

COVID vaccine myths began spreading before the first vaccine was ever administered. While most people disregard some of the more “out-there” conspiracy theories, some COVID vaccine myths sound like they may have a basis in science, which makes them harder to ignore or dismiss.  The medical professionals at Complete Care have decided to tackle this particular type of myth so that you have the information you need to make the right decisions regarding vaccinations for you and your loved ones. For basic COVID-19 information, including updates regarding COVID-19 testing for symptomatic patients and tips on sending your child to school Read More..

What To Do If a Child Has an Allergic Reaction (Mild or Severe)

It’s important to know what to do if a child has an allergic reaction. Knowing the correct steps after spotting signs of an allergic reaction can mean the difference between life and death. But how do you know the difference between a mild allergic reaction and a severe one? At what point should you take the next step and call 911? How do you relieve an allergic reaction if it isn’t severe?  The health experts at Complete Care cover the ins and outs of what to do if a child has an allergic reaction so you’ll be better equipped to Read More..

What to Do When Someone is in Anaphylactic Shock

Whether someone you love has severe allergies and you’re looking for general best safety practices or you are helping someone right now who is in a medical emergency, knowing what to do when someone is in anaphylactic shock can make all the difference. In case you’re reading this blog for the latter reason, let’s jump right to the instructions.  What is the first aid treatment for anaphylaxis?  Call 911 immediately or send someone to call 911 immediately; don’t wait to see if the symptoms get better. Ask if the person has an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Auvi-Q, etc.) and if they Read More..

Signs & Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

About 30% of adults and 40% of children in the U.S. suffer from allergies, so knowing the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction can be helpful for just about anyone. As children are more susceptible to having allergies, it’s also important to know what to do if a child has an allergic reaction. Let’s discuss the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction and when you may need to go to the emergency room to treat a reaction.  What causes allergic reactions? An allergic reaction occurs when your immune system has a hypersensitive reaction to substances called allergens. If Read More..

Top 10 Most Common Sports Injuries

Common sports injuries can happen to anyone from seasoned athletes to sports lovers, especially children. These injuries can often be treated with rest and pain medication, but some can result in a more intense recovery process. If you do experience any of these sports injuries, monitor your situation and head to the nearest emergency room if necessary.  What causes sports injuries? Common sports injuries are usually caused by inadequate stretching or warmups before an activity, not wearing the proper protective gear, improper training, or overtraining.  Sports injuries can be separated into two categories: acute and chronic injuries.  Acute injuries are Read More..

What is a Hypertensive Crisis?

What is a hypertensive crisis? A hypertensive crisis is a rapid spike in blood pressure (BP) that can result in a stroke. High blood pressure (hypertension) is very common in the United States, affecting one out every three adults. If not monitored properly, it can lead to many different health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms, and dementia.   Learn more about exactly what is a hypertensive crisis and get a stronger understanding of when to get help.  Hypertensive crisis classification There are two types of hypertensive crises: hypertensive urgency and hypertensive emergency. Both require immediate medical attention. The biggest Read More..

How to Help Someone Having a Heart Attack

If you find yourself in a situation where you’re unsure what to do when someone is having a heart attack, Complete Care has created this guide for you. In this article we’ll be discussing how to help someone having a heart attack, symptoms and warning signs to look out for, and even what to do when having a heart attack alone.  If you are helping someone who is in immediate medical crisis, click here to skip to our instructions for heart attack first aid treatment.  A brief overview of heart attacks  A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the Read More..

The Difference Between Cardiac Arrest & Heart Attack

Though people tend to use these terms interchangeably, there is a difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack. Cardiac arrest vs. a heart attack can be explained like this: if your body is a house, a heart attack is a plumbing issue while cardiac arrest is an electrical issue.  Your heart valves (coronary arteries) pump blood to the heart like a pipe system, so if those pipes get clogged and can’t deliver blood, you may be at risk of a heart attack. Whereas your heart has a built-in “electrical” system to keep it beating at a regular pace. When Read More..

When to Go to the ER for High Blood Pressure

Whether you struggle with high blood pressure on a regular basis or have a one-off high reading, it can be difficult to know when to go to the ER for high blood pressure (hypertension). But since a hypertensive emergency can lead to organ damage, it's important to know when to worry about a blood pressure reading and make the trip to the ER.  Fortunately, there are guidelines you can follow. Here is a list of definitive examples of when to go to the ER for high blood pressure, along with answers to top FAQs regarding high blood pressure.  1. You’re Read More..