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Second- Vs. Third-Degree Burns—and Why the Worst One May Not Hurt

“The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns,” on sale today! by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Today is the day! The Survival Doctor’s Guide first ever e-books are officially on sale! Until midnight tonight, you can get them for only $2.99 each. That’s 25 percent off the regular price. Don’t get trampled by the rush to the electronic bookstore. But if you do get a gash, at least you’ll know what to do now. Today, I’m featuring another sneak peek inside one of the books: The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns. Did you know the worst burns may not even hurt because the nerve endings are killed? Kinda deceptive when you’re trying to tell how bad a burn is. But not if you know the other signs to look for. […]

By | July 17th, 2012|Other Wounds, Skin|8 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

Oops. Post Published Prematurely.

Mea culpa. If you subscribe to the feed or email updates, you got a draft post this morning, along with the regular post. The snake-bites one wasn't ready to see the light of day. If [...]

By | March 22nd, 2012|Other Wounds|0 Comments

Get the Pus Out! How to Lance a Boil

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Okay, I know you think it’s gross, but if you get a boil and it’s impossible to find a health-care professional, you’re going to want to know this. A boil is an infected lump in your skin that’s hard and filled with pus. It can be the size of a pea or golf ball. Something as simple as a single infected hair follicle can cause it. Or a cyst might get infected. A boil can not only be extremely painful, it can get you down. The infection can make you weak and give you a fever. There are other things to try first, but sometimes, a boil just has to be lanced. […]

By | February 28th, 2012|Other Wounds, Skin|311 Comments

How a Felon Could Make You Lose a Finger

This is a paronychia—an infection that stays around the fingernail. It’s not as dangerous as a felon (another type of finger infection), but it still needs proper treatment so it doesn’t get worse. by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. If you’ve ever had a hangnail that got a little infected, you discovered you have a lot of nerve endings in your fingers. And you found out you use your hands for just about everything. Hands you’ll especially need during disasters. Fortunately, most infected hangnails heal well as long as you keep the area dry and clean. (Gloves? Band-Aids?) But sometimes, rarely, an infected finger can get serious. The infection can run up the finger, into your hand’s tendons, and you have a dangerous mess on your hands—literally. Or the fingertip can become so swollen that it starts cutting of the circulation, putting you in danger of losing that finger. This type of infection is called, perhaps appropriately, a felon. Here are some tips to help you kinda know what you’re dealing with and what to do. […]

By | February 23rd, 2012|Other Wounds, Skin|503 Comments

Can a Bruise Cause a Serious Blood Clot?

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. I see this fairly often. Someone comes in with a whopper of a bruise, maybe with a lump, and they’re afraid it’s a blood clot. In a disaster situation, you’re likely to get some bruises, but you won’t be able to come see me. Should you worry? In short, probably not. You do have clotted blood, but there are blood clots and there “blood clots.” In fact, if your blood doesn’t clot, you could bleed to death. Bruise-related clotting happens in tissue outside the blood vessels. That’s where the bleeding occurred. What you’re really worried about is a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)—a clot that forms inside a deep-in-the-tissue vein and can break off and travel to the lungs. DVTs are different, serious, and sometimes lethal. So a bruise isn’t a serious blood clot. However, can a bruise cause a serious blood clot? No, but the hit that caused the bruise can—though that’s rare. […]

By | February 21st, 2012|Other Wounds|299 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

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