H. Michael O'Connor MD


String-pull method for removing a fishhook

If the fishhook is not deeply embedded, the string-pull method for removing a fishhook may be used. If removal of the fishhook is too painful, seek medical care. If the fishhook has more than one barb, cut all the barbs off or tape the other barbs so you do not get hurt again. Step A Tie a piece of string, dental floss…

Preventing Spider Bites

To avoid bites from spiders: Wear gloves if working in an area where spiders are likely to live. Avoid wood or rock piles and dark areas where spiders live. Look for spiders in low-lying webs in garages, in barbecue grills, around swimming pools, and in wood piles. Clear away old furniture, tires, junk, newspaper, and…

Body Piercing Problems

Body piercings Body piercing is very popular with both men and women. Many areas of the body are used for piercing. Most people who have piercings do not develop any problems. The ears are the most common piercing site. Most of the time, an earlobe piercing heals without any problems. Piercing other areas of the ear…

Cuts: When Stitches Are Needed

It is important to determine if your wound needs to be closed by a doctor. Your risk of infection increases the longer the wound remains open. Most wounds that require closure should be stitched, stapled, or closed with skin adhesives (also called liquid stitches) within 6 to 8 hours after the injury. Some wounds that…

Crying Child and Possible Abuse

Crying is a normal part of your child’s life. Stay as calm as possible during crying episodes. There are many different ways to approach your child’s crying, and over time you will understand your child’s needs and know how to care for him or her. A child’s crying can be very upsetting, especially when you are trying to…