H. Michael O'Connor MD


Kissing Bugs

What are kissing bugs? Kissing bugs are wingless insects that are about 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) long. Kissing bugs are dark brown or black with red or orange spots along the edge of their bodies. They are also called assassin bugs or cone-nosed bugs. Like mosquitoes, kissing bugs feed on blood from animals or people. Kissing…

Puncture Wounds

Causes of puncture wounds A puncture wound is a forceful injury caused by a sharp, pointed object that penetrates the skin. A puncture wound is usually narrower and deeper than a cut or scrape. Many people accidentally get puncture wounds with household or work items, yard tools, or when operating machinery. Most…

Fire Ant Stings

Fire ants are wingless insects that belong to the same family of insects as bees and wasps. Fire ants are found in the southeastern and south-central United States, especially along the Gulf Coast. They tend to attack and sting in great numbers. A fire ant attaches itself to a person by biting with its jaws. Then…

Araña reclusa parda

Fuente: Public Health Image Library (PHIL). Disponible en línea en: http://phil.cdc.gov La araña reclusa parda ( Loxosceles reclusa ), también llamada araña violinista, se encuentra con más frecuencia en la parte centro-sur de los Estados Unidos y vive en lugares calientes, secos y abandonados, como montones de madera o…

Removing a Fishhook

Do not try to remove a fishhook (seek medical care instead) if any of the following are true: The fishhook is in or near an eye. See first aid measures. The fishhook is in a joint, in a bone, or deep in a muscle. You are concerned that removing the fishhook may damage nearby blood vessels or nerves. The person who is…