The Risks of Blood Thinners

There are few things that are as disheartening as finding out that you have a serious health condition. All of a sudden, new rules, medications, and lifestyle modifications become your new normal. And while at some point everything may become second nature, there’s a learning curve while you get used to it. Such is the case when you’re taking blood thinners. You may have a general idea of what they are and what they do, but how else can they impact your life? What are Blood Thinners? When you’re injured and experience a cut, platelets in your blood stick to the walls Read More..

Most Common Causes of Summer Injuries

Summer is typically a time for relaxation. Kids are out of school, so there’s less rushing around in the mornings. There’s less traffic. It’s a time for slowing down, spending more time with loved ones, and enjoying leisurely days by the pool. It’s also the time of year where injuries are most common. In order to prevent them, it’s good to be aware of what the are and what to do in the event of experiencing them. The Top 5 Most Common Causes of Summer Injuries 1. Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke It’s common for people to sweat profusely and Read More..

When to go to the Emergency Room for Dental Pain

In addition to being uncomfortable, dealing with dental pain affects many aspects of your daily life: Being able to brush your teeth, speak, and eat meals. If the pain is significant, it may also affect your sleep. Thankfully, there are plenty of dentists who can help alleviate symptoms, but they’re not always available at a moment’s notice; especially overnight, during a weekend, or over holidays. How can you tell when dental pain is something you can “tough out” with an Ibuprofen until you can see a dentist in a day or two, and when are your symptoms a sign of Read More..

Signs You Have Food Poisoning

It would be a safe bet to say that at some point or another, most people have experienced a stomach ache. Sometimes it’s due to overeating, other times it may be due to gas. But when do you know if your symptoms are a sign of food poisoning, and what can you do about it? What is Food Poisoning? Food poisoning occurs when you eat something that is contaminated with bacteria and your intestines become inflamed as a result. The most common bacteria that cause food poisoning are Salmonella, E. Colli, and Listeria, and they can end up in food Read More..

Asthma & Shortness of Breath

Having an asthma attack can be a terrifying experience, especially when it’s your first one and you don’t fully understand what’s going on. In addition, there can be instances when a person simply thinks they are fatigued, “out of shape,” or tired, when in reality, they’re experiencing the kind of shortness of breath that signals an asthma attack. What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic condition that affects your lungs and airways. When a person gets an asthma attack, their airways become extremely inflamed, making it difficult for air to reach your lungs. If not treated adequately, it can be Read More..

Most Common Broken Bones Seen in the ER

If you’ve ever had a bone fracture, you’re aware of how painful they can be. And due to the extended time it can take for them to heal, the injury can significantly interrupt your daily activities. From personal hygiene to participating in your sport of choice, being sidelined can be frustrating and disheartening. What are the most common broken bones, and how can you learn to recognize their symptoms? The 5 Most Common Broken Bones Seen in the ER The following injuries are the most common broken bone injuries seen in the ER: 1. Broken Arm The most common cause Read More..

Abdominal Pain: Common Causes & Signs You Should Go to the ER

Most people experience abdominal pain at some point or another. Sometimes, it can be due to overeating, gas, soreness from exercise, or simply being bloated. Other times it can be a sign of a more serious condition. What are the most common causes of this type of discomfort and how can you tell the difference between a simple stomach ache and a legitimate reason to go to the emergency room? What are the Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain? It’s important to note that most cases or abdominal pain are not due to life-threatening conditions. In fact, some of the Read More..

The Most Common 4th of July Injuries

The 4th of July is one of the most fun American holidays. People get together with friends and family, eat their favorite foods, take some time off work, and watch fireworks shows. But along with that laissez-faire attitude can come plenty of instances for getting hurt (especially when alcohol does tend to get involved). In hopes of helping you prevent injuries, below is a list of the most common types of injuries typically seen in emergency rooms across the country over the 4th of July weekend. 7 of the Most Common 4th of July Injuries 1. Hand Injuries Sparklers may Read More..

Eye Injuries: What Is Considered an Eye Emergency?

There are many different types of eye trauma, and they can all vary in severity. Sometimes it’s just a minor issue that will go away with an ice pack or flushing the eye with water, while other problems require immediate medical attention. In a country where so many people can’t afford to receive healthcare, it’s tempting to “tough it out” and see if the pain and discomfort will go away on its own. However, failing to receive medical treatment when you need it can lead to chronic conditions, complications, or sometimes even blindness. Therefore, it’s crucial to learn to recognize Read More..

When to Go to the ER for an Asthma Attack

There are few things people take for granted as much as breathing. It’s such an automatic act that unless someone is consciously aware of it, it goes unnoticed… Until suddenly, you can’t do it anymore, that is. What does it mean to have an asthma attack? What are the risk factors? How can you learn to recognize an attack is on its way? What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic condition that causes a person’s airways to become inflamed. As a result, they become narrowed, making it difficult for a person to get air to their lungs. They are typically Read More..