The Most Common Reasons for ER Visits

Whether you’re working at a dangerous job site, unintentionally ingested a poisonous substance, or had an accident while doing your sport or hobby of choice, days when you end up visiting an emergency room start out just like any other normal day. And, while some of the conditions turn out to be simply scares, others are due to serious health risks. What are the most common reasons for ER visits? And, what are the most common symptoms that indicate you need emergency medical care? The 7 Most Common Reasons for ER Visits 1. Abdominal Pain At some point or another, Read More..

Gunshot Wound Evaluation: What to Expect

Between 2006 and 2016, approximately 6,885 people died in the US from accidental shootings. The reasons are several — a lack of a childproof safety device, unsafe storage, loaded firearms when not in use, or no loaded chamber indicator (LCI). In addition, there are gunshots caused by acts of violence — from assault to domestic violence — as well as suicide attempts. Regardless of the circumstances, finding out a loved one has been shot is horrifying, and time is of the essence to prevent disability or death. Gunshot Wound Care There are many ways in which a gunshot wound can affect the Read More..

Vomiting Blood (Hematemesis)

No matter the circumstances, vomiting is always an unpleasant experience. Add to that the fact that it often occurs in conjunction with other symptoms of illness — such as fatigue, fever, chills, or an upset stomach — and it’s enough to make the ordeal miserable. But, if in addition to the regular discomforts that usually come with vomiting, you notice you also regurgitated blood, you likely feel concerned about what it means. What’s going on with your health? What causes a person to vomit blood? And, when should you go to the ER? What is hematemesis? The medical term for Read More..

When to Visit the ER for Sudden Weakness

At some point in time, everyone experiences feeling tired. And if you are dealing with a lot of work responsibilities and tight deadlines, or — the big kahuna of them all — are a parent of young children, you may feel like your levels of exhaustion are reaching new heights. But, there’s a difference between a lack of energy and feeling fatigued and experiencing body weakness due to a chronic health condition. What is weakness? While the term is often used interchangeably by people experiencing fatigue or tiredness, weakness is the term used to refer to a loss of muscle Read More..

The 5 Most Common Baseball Injuries & How to Prevent/Treat Them

There are many things that are quintessentially American — and baseball is somewhere near the top of that list. It’s entertaining, family-friendly, and a great sport. But, as with any athletic activity, it also carries the risk of injury. Learning how to recognize symptoms is essential to obtain treatment as soon as possible — so that you can get back to doing what you love most. What are these injuries? How do you treat them? And, is there any way to prevent them? What are the most common baseball injuries? Rotator Cuff Injuries The shoulders are ball-and-socket joints composed of Read More..

Most Common Bicycle Injuries & How to Treat Them

Bicycles are great devices for exercise, to have fun, and for transportation. Yet, just as with many activities, its use could occasionally result in injuries. If you’ve fallen off a bike — or ran into a pedestrian — you’re well aware of the damage that could result from either of these scenarios. But, what are the most common injuries? How can you treat them? And, is there anything you can do to prevent them? What are the most common bicycle injuries? Soft Tissue Injuries These are superficial injuries to skin that occur from falling off a bike — such as Read More..

When Is Fainting a Concern that Requires Medical Attention

Tune into your favorite soap opera, and you’ll probably see someone faint at least once per episode. While the characters are doing it for dramatic effect, fainting off-camera can be extremely dangerous. For some people — with chronic conditions that cause them to faint or become unconscious — the problem feels like a normal every-day part of their life. But, some episodes of fainting require immediate medical attention. Causes of Fainting Fainting can happen to anyone, as it’s often caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure. This can occur when you stand up too quickly from a laying down Read More..

Severe Stomach Pain: Causes & When to Go to the ER

Odds are, you’ve experienced stomach pain at some point in your life. Stomach pain isn’t exactly uncommon, but that doesn’t mean that it’s normal. It’s usually a sign that something is wrong — either you’re having trouble digesting a heavy or spicy meal, you ate too much candy, and it’s upsetting your stomach, or you’re more stressed than usual. None of these situations are necessarily life-threatening though, so how do you know when your severe stomach pain is a reason to visit the emergency room? What causes severe stomach pain? When you’re experiencing stomach pain — especially if it’s severe Read More..

Coughing up Blood (Hemoptysis): Causes & When to Go to the ER

When it comes to your health, there are certain indications that make it easy to say, something’s not right. Whether it’s a fever more than 100 degrees or coughing up blood, you know that you’ll need serious medical attention. But, how serious is serious, and when should a trip to the emergency room be your first priority? What is hemoptysis? When you cough up blood that originated in your lungs or bronchial tubes, it’s known as hemoptysis. Other forms of spitting up blood include pseudohemoptysis and hematemesis. The amount of blood and your family history helps determine which condition you’re experiencing. Read More..

When to Go to the ER for Diverticulitis

When you’re experiencing symptoms caused by some unknown condition, you may instantly begin to panic. What’s causing the discomfort? Can you afford to get treatment? And, should you seek medical attention immediately or can you wait? It may take time — and a doctor’s visit — to answer some of the millions of questions swirling in your head. But, if you’re experiencing symptoms of diverticulitis, your answers may come sooner than you expect. That’s because some signs of the condition shouldn’t be ignored — and require an immediate emergency room visit. What is diverticulitis? To explain diverticulitis, you must first Read More..