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..

Giving Blood: Restrictions, Rules, and Eligibility

Donating blood is an exceptional way to give back to your community, which is why it’s important to know about basic giving blood restrictions. The list of eligibility restrictions and rules for donating blood is extensive, and rightfully so; it’s important to keep those who receive donated blood safe. However, many of these requirements are very specific and are only applicable to individuals who likely know to check on their eligibility.  In the interest of making donating blood easier for the average person, Complete Care has pared down the list of giving blood restrictions provided by the American Red Cross Read More..

What to Do Before Giving Blood

Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular donor, it’s important to know what to do before giving blood. The key thing to remember when donating blood is to be sure you give your body plenty of iron and fluids before and after you donate. Iron helps carry oxygen to your blood cells, and low iron levels cause dizziness and fatigue. If you remember to keep drinking water (or other non-alcoholic beverages) and eat iron-rich foods, your blood donation is much more likely to be a success! The demand for blood is always high, and regardless if you donate blood for Read More..