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The Downside of Taking Aspirin: When Bleeding Won’t Stop

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’m constantly amazed by the effect even the lowest dose of aspirin has on bleeding. I’ll be putting pressure on a cut, and the bleeding will just not be stopping. The person with the cut will have already told me they have no known bleeding disorders and haven’t taken any aspirin, and I’ll ask again. “Well, I did take something a few days ago. It may have had aspirin in it.” Or, “Oh, I do take a baby aspirin.” Voila. I have my answer. I’ll just have to apply pressure for ten minutes instead of five, Or twenty minutes instead of ten. Aspirin doesn’t stay in the system that long, but its effect on bleeding does. Here’s how. […]

By | March 12th, 2013|Cuts, Skin|15 Comments

24-Hour Sale Is on Now! Get 25% Off “The Survival Doctor’s Guide” E-Books

They're here! The very first Survival Doctor's Guide e-books are officially on sale. And for 24 hours only, my loyal readers get a 25-percent discount. They're just $2.99 each. Come and get 'em! In The [...]

By | July 17th, 2012|Cuts, General, Other Wounds, Skin|0 Comments

How to Think Like a Doctor (Plus a Sneak-Peek Survival-Book Excerpt)

“The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds” (available July 17) is written in the way doctors think—with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. People sometimes ask me how doctors keep all that stuff in their head. There are a gazillion diseases and injuries (give or take), so how does one doctor figure out what to do just for you? The answer is, of course, we don’t know everything. That’s why there are specialists. But what we do know, we have compartmentalized in our brains. To figure out what’s wrong with you, we go through step-by-step checks, which help us rule out and rule in things. […]

By | July 12th, 2012|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|2 Comments

Take The Survival Doctor With You! First Interactive E- books on Sale in 7 Days

“The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds” goes on sale next Tuesday, with a special discount for 24 hours! by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. I’m so excited. After many months—really years—of preparation, I’m publishing my first two in a series of mulitmedia, interactive e-books. The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds and The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns will take you step-by-step through the process of evaluating and treating these common injuries—from minor, everyday cuts to life-threatening, third-degree burns. And to thank you, I’m offering a special discount for the first 24 hours they’re on sale. About the New, Interactive Survival Books The books, on sale next Tuesday (July 17) through Amazon.com, are written in the same user-friendly manner as my blog posts, but with a more thorough focus on one particular subject. You’ll learn how to evaluate an injury and treat it, and what to do if something goes wrong. For instance, in The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds: […]

By | July 10th, 2012|Cuts, General, Other Wounds, Skin|17 Comments

How to Make a Pressure Dressing (and Not Lose a Limb)

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Pressure dressing, pressure bandage, compression dressing, compression bandage, they’re all the same thing to me. They’re bandages that press down on—compress—a wound. Most of the time this is to stop a wound from bleeding. (If you’ve applied pressure for about 10 minutes and it’s still bleeding, it might be time for a pressure bandage.) So what’s the big deal about using one? […]

By | November 29th, 2011|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|9 Comments

Video: How to Repair a Head Cut With Hair Instead of Stitches

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H If you need to repair a head cut and can't get to the doctor, this a neat little trick. All you need are two things: a cut on the scalp and [...]

By | November 22nd, 2011|Cuts, Skin, Videos|9 Comments

Video: How to Repair a Cut With Duct Tape (Treating a Cut, Part 3)

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. We’re finally to the finale. This is the third video of my three-part series on how to treat a cut. When you have no other recourse, almost any way to keep the edges of a cut together will suffice. Your body will do the rest. Duct taping a cut together requires the skin around the wound to be dry. Even a little oozing of blood may cause the tape to not stick. Other than that, taping a cut is easy. To treat a cut, first follow the steps in my previous videos, parts one and two. Then: […]

By | November 16th, 2011|Cuts, Skin, Videos|16 Comments

Video: How to Assess and Clean a Cut (Treating a Cut, Part 2)

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Everyone wants to get that cut closed ASAP. But hey, hold on there just a minute, Bub. First, you've got to stop the bleeding. Next you're going to need to clean, [...]

By | November 16th, 2011|Cuts, Skin, Videos|13 Comments

Video: How to Stop a Cut from Bleeding (Treating a Cut, Part 1)

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. This is the first video in my three-part series on how to treat a cut. Okay, pay attention to me, not my beautiful daughter/assistant. In this one I tell how to stop most any cut from bleeding by applying direct pressure on the wound. I also tell where to apply pressure if you suspect an artery or vein is doing most of the bleeding. If you’re a visual learner, this video’s for you. In addition, the video covers the importance of protecting yourself […]

By | November 15th, 2011|Cuts, Skin, Videos|16 Comments

Head Cut: How to Use Your Hair as Stitches (Kind Of)

You can close a head cut by crossing strips of hair and gluing them down. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. This may be my favorite tip on treating a cut. Let’s say your son rises from under a table and conks his head or scratches his scalp with a nail. What technique you can you use for a head cut that you can’t use for any other cut? Hint: It applies only to head wounds. Another hint: You need hair. […]

By | November 8th, 2011|Cuts, Other Wounds, Skin|18 Comments