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Megalopyge opercularis Caterpillar Stings Reported to Texas Poison Centers - Forrester MB.

INTRODUCTION: The Megalopyge opercularis caterpillar is covered with spines that break off and release venom on contact, resulting in severe pain, erythema, rash, and other adverse effects. In Texas, these caterpillars are abundant and of potential health ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

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Conclusions M opercularis caterpillar stings reported to Texas poison centers were more frequently reported in July and October to November. Most of the patients were adults. The majority of patients were managed outside of healthcare facilities and did not have serious outcomes. Most of the adverse clinical effects were dermal in nature.
Source: Wilderness and Environmental Medicine - Category: Environmental Health Source Type: research
INTRODUCTION: Topical benzocaine is a local anesthetic commonly used to relieve pain caused by teething, periodontal irritation, burns, wounds, and insect bites. Oral preparations may contain benzocaine concentrations ranging from 7.5% to 20%. Pediatric ex...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news
Warm weather and longer days will bring many Americans outdoors for cookouts, pool parties and more. But long weekends ― we’re looking at you, Memorial Day ― also lead to more trips to urgent care or even the emergency room, according to experts. In fact, a 2015 study from researchers at Brown University found that heat-related illness alone can ratchet emergency department visits in the summertime.  The risk for issues like drowning and sports injuries go up in the hotter seasons, according to Dr. Christopher M. McStay, chief of clinical operations and associate professor at the University of Colorado ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Why did my brother warn me against reading this book? It’s so good! I thought to myself, as I quickly devoured the pages of JoJo Moyes bestseller titled Me Before You. It was an uplifting tale about a young man who rediscovers love and laughter after a devastating spinal cord injury left him in a dangerous pool of depression. Finding myself at times in my own, albeit more shallow, pool of depression, I knew this story was exactly what I needed to remind me that I could find meaning in my life after my stroke. As I continued reading, anticipating the feel-good happy ending with a girl saving the boy's life with the po...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
We examined suspected infection rate, hot water treatment efficacy, and possible presence of foreign bodies in the wound. Suspected infection rate was defined as “possible infection” or “likely infection.” Hot water treatment efficacy was defined as cases that encoded hot water as a treatment and noted pain relief within 1 hour of treatment in the free-text record, before documentation of other analgesic administration. A total of 576 envenomations were reported. The majority were men (76%), with an average age of 24 years (range, 6–78 years). Symptoms were reported in 485 cases. A total of 9%...
Source: American Journal of Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Introduction: Topical benzocaine is a local anesthetic commonly used to relieve pain caused byteething, periodontal irritation, burns, wounds, and insect bites. Oral preparations may containbenzocaine concentrations ranging from 7.5% to 20%. Pediatric exposure to such large concentrationsmay result in methemoglobinemia and secondarily cause anemia, cyanosis, and hypoxia. Methods: This is a retrospective study of exposures reported to a statewide poison controlsystem. The electronic health records were queried for pediatric exposures to topical benzocainetreated at a healthcare facility from 2004 to 2014. Cases of ben...
Source: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
Dr. Nabil Ebraheim would like to thank his employee Cherie Martzke, for her contribution to this article. Most stingrays have one or more barbed stings on the tail, which are used in self-defense. They will not attack humans but they will defend themselves when threatened, especially when stepped on (Figure 1). Stingrays cause around 1,500 injuries per year and are caused by puncture from their strong serrated, boney spines or barbs. The tail contains a sheath that will discharge venom once it is ruptured (Figure 2). If you are stung by a stingray, clean the injury with soap and water. Make sure the spine is co...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
If you want to know the state of your health, try looking down. “There’s no question it’s extremely important that people pay attention to their feet,” says Terry Philbin, D.O., spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a foot and ankle specialist at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Westerville, Ohio. The condition of your feet can give you clues to a host of medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease. Read on to find out what to look for and what it may mean. 1. Pain “There’s no pain that should be ignored,” says Jane ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
6 Dermatologist-Approved Ways to Soothe and Heal a Sunburn June 10, 2016 by Annalise Mantz for Thrive Market San Diego, Calif., June 2010. Despite the gray skies, I'm lounging on the beach with three friends. We're determined to make the most out of a weekend trip -- gloomy weather or not. Three hours later, my whole body had turned a shade that could best be described as "lobster." And my friends weren't doing much better. Desperate for any kind of relief, I followed my mom's suggestion -- an ice bath. Ouch. While the polar plunge certainly didn't help in my case, my mom was on the right track, according to...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
The other day a young girl from Florida named Tovonna committed suicide after friends posted nude photos &video of her onto Snapchat—a popular mobile app for sharing media with friends. According to reports, her mother didn’t understand what Tovonna was upset about. It’s possible she was hysterical and not clear, because it turns out she had been filmed while showering. Three hours after talking to her mother, she shot herself with her mother’s pistol. Tovonna’s death has been overshadowed this weekend by the horrific gay bar mass-shooting in Orlando, but while some people might want to fo...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Depression Goodreads Suicide Source Type: blogs
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