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What's the first aid for heat exhaustion?

What's the first aid  for heat exhaustion?

Stop and cool: Stop the activity and move the person to a cool environment such as the shade or indoors. Use cool towels around the head. Rehydrate the person with water and electrolytes. If there is nausea and vomiting then call ems and transport the person to a hospital to get IV fluid rehydration. If the exhaustion progresses to stroke it is life threatening so if the person does not improve, then get help. ...Read more

Heat Cramps (Definition)

Heat cramps are simply muscle cramps that occur in hot and usually humid environments. Seen most commonly in outdoor athletes, the cramps are usually secondary to dehydration and/or heavy losses of electrolytes including sodium, magnesium ...Read more


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First aid for sciatica?

First aid for sciatica?

Sciatica: Meds, exercise, physical therapy including mckenzie centralization techniques, traction, inversion table. Many things are used. ...Read more

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How would give first aid for cramps?

How would   give first aid for cramps?

Not required: Are you asking about abdominal cramps? They don't usually require first aid, unless you consider escorting someone to the bathroom "first aid.". ...Read more

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Why is Advil (ibuprofen) preferred over asprin for menstral cramps during period ? Do they work the same for pain?

Why is Advil (ibuprofen) preferred over asprin for menstral cramps during period ? Do they work the same for pain?

Probably: It seems to work better than Aspirin and is less likely to increase menstrual bleeding at the time of the period than asa is. ...Read more

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Will taking cool or warm bath help with leg and foot cramps after working construction all day?

Will taking cool or warm bath help with leg and foot cramps after working construction all day?

Feel better: Cramping tends to occur with dehydration so hydration should be the first step, water or sports drink. I've treated a lot of construction workers and usually they have sore feet and ankles, and i recommend cool baths to decrease swelling and inflammation. ...Read more

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How many days does Gabapentin take to start relieving headaches (taking 100mg a night for first 3 nights, then 100 2x/day, then 200 2x/d, up to 400 3x/d)?

How many days does Gabapentin take to start relieving headaches (taking 100mg a night for first 3 nights, then 100 2x/day, then 200 2x/d, up to 400 3x/d)?

Unlikely success: If you have migraine headaches, I seriously doubt that gabapentin will help either relieve or prevent headaches. However, you may be taking a calcium channel blocker, and an increased dose may help. Discuss all of this with a headache specialist. ...Read more

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Are the NSAID's best medicine for period cramps?

Are the NSAID's best medicine for period cramps?

Yes: The active ingredient in Midol is either Ibuprofen or naproxen. These are Non-Steroidal Anti Inflamatories. ...Read more

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Instead of using ibuprofen for period cramps can I use magnesium and tylenol (acetaminophen) and get a similar effect?

Instead of using ibuprofen for period cramps can I use magnesium and tylenol (acetaminophen) and get a similar effect?

Unlikely to help: Ibuprofen has a direct effect on the chemicals releases during period cramps.It acts at the source to shut them down as much as possible. Tylenol (acetaminophen) has no similar action.The magnesium may give you comfort but may also give you the squirts.Try if you wish, but I see little chance it would help. ...Read more

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What's the usual first aid for shoulder injuries?

What's the usual first aid for shoulder injuries?

Ice.: Ice the shoulder 20 minutes at a time, 3-5 times per day. Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, if you can. Use a sling for comfort, if you feel that you need support. ...Read more

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Super confused about first aid and cpr training for sitters?

Super confused about first aid and cpr training for sitters?

Do not be : Everyone should have basic training in life support. This is fairly simple and easy to obtain from local red cross and/or local hospital. More specific training and detailed management may be necessary for special needs children. However, the pediatrician can write this out in detail so that it is easy to follow for any sitter. ...Read more

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Severe shoulder pain for over a week; using heat, ibuprofen, and gentle stretching; daytime improvements always undone overnight. What am i missing?

Tendinits: Pain @ night w/ your 1 wk history suggests tendinitis, probably of the rot.Cuff.Try sleeping on the opposite shoulder if you are a 'side'sleeper or propping pillows underneath your arm when you go to bed.If your pain continues i would suggest seeing your pcp or orthopedic surgeon.Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy for terrible leg cramps, at nite or early morning hours?

What is the best home remedy for terrible leg cramps, at nite or early morning hours?

Try Tonic Water: Try drinking a glass of tonic water in the evening. Tonic water contains a small amount of quinine, and is sometimes helpful for leg cramps. You can find this in the soft drink isle of the grocery store. If you are on medications that effect electrolytes (especially diuretics), you should have this checked. ...Read more

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For back pain do I use heat pack or cold pack first?

For back pain do I use heat pack or cold pack first?

Often heat, but...: If you've acutely injured your back (strain, contusion/bruise, etc) then cold compresses for the first few days will probably help. If this is a chronic recurrent problem, pain related to muscle spasm and tension then often a heating pad, warm showers, massage can be helpful. Don't forget proper posture, gentle stretching and core strengthening as well. ...Read more

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First Aid (Definition)

First aid is initial medical care that an injured ...Read more


Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Painful), Made Worse By Heat (Definition)

Muscle cramps or spasms (painful), made worse by heat ...Read more