H. Michael O'Connor MD MMEd FRCPC


Animal and Human Bites: When Stitches Are Needed

A bite injury may need to be closed by a health professional, may require antibiotic medicines, or both. The decision to close a wound with stitches, staples, or skin adhesive depends on: The type of biting animal. The size and location of the bite. The time that has passed since the bite occurred. The general health of…

Second-Degree Burns

Second-degree burns are injuries to the skin caused by heat, radiation, electricity, chemicals, or friction. These burns are also called partial-thickness burns. There are two types of second-degree burns, defined by their depth: Superficial partial-thickness burns injure the first and second layers of skin and are…

Care for a Skin Wound

Skin wounds, including animal or human bites, need thorough cleaning to reduce the risk of infection and scarring and to promote healing. You may be able to do this yourself for minor wounds. You’ll have to stop any bleeding, clean the wound, and perhaps bandage the wound. Stop the bleeding Before you clean the wound…

Bedbugs

What are bedbugs? Bedbugs are flat, wingless insects about 0.25 in. (0.6 cm) long. They range in color from almost white to brown. They turn rusty red after feeding. Like mosquitoes, bedbugs feed on blood from animals or people. Bedbugs have that name because they like to hide in bedding and mattresses. Bedbugs usually…

Márgenes de fiebre, 12 años y mayores

La temperatura varía un poco según cómo se mida. Para los adultos y niños de 12 años o más, estos son los márgenes para temperaturas alta, moderada y leve, según la forma en que haya tomado la temperatura. Temperatura bucal Alta: 104°F (40°C) o más Moderada: 100.4°F (38°C) a 103.9°F (39.9°C) Leve: 100.3°F (37.9°C) o…