H. Michael O'Connor MD


Advance-and-cut method of fishhook removal

If medical help is not available to remove a fishhook, this method is an option. If removal of the fishhook is too painful, seek medical care. Step A Determine that the fishhook is deeply embedded and cannot be removed by the string-pull method. Use ice or cold water to numb the area. Step B Push the hook the rest of…

Preventing Flea Bites

Use the following measures to reduce the chance of flea bites: Treat animals for fleas. Do not let pets sleep on your bed. Vacuum rugs daily. You may need to exterminate the house or kennel area if infested with fleas. You may need to contact a professional exterminator.

Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites

Insect and spider bites often cause minor swelling, redness, pain, and itching. These mild reactions are common and may last from a few hours to a few days. Home treatment is often all that is needed to relieve the symptoms of a mild reaction to common stinging or biting insects and spiders. Some people have more severe…

Removing Splinters

Before using tweezers or a needle, try using cellophane tape to remove a splinter. Simply put the tape over the splinter, then pull the tape off. The tape will stick to the splinter and remove it painlessly. If tape doesn’t work: Wash your hands well with soap and water. Grasp the end of the splinter with clean…

Emergency Care for an Accidental Amputation

Amputation is the removal of a body part. This can be done by a doctor in a hospital setting, such as when a foot must be amputated because of diabetes complications. But amputation may also happen during an accident. An amputation may be complete (the body part is completely removed or cut off) or partial (much of the…