H. Michael O'Connor MD MMEd FRCPC


Cut That Removes All Layers of Skin

Cuts may slice off several layers of skin. As long as some of the layers of skin are still in place, new skin will form in the bottom of the wound and along the wound edges. The wound will heal from the bottom up. When a cut or scrape removes all of the layers of skin (a full-thickness avulsion injury), fat and muscle…

Bites and Stings: Flu-Like Symptoms

Some insect and spider bites or stings can cause flu-like symptoms to develop within hours of a bite or sting. Or symptoms may be delayed up to 3 weeks. Flu-like symptoms include: Fever. Shaking chills. Muscle or joint aches. Headache. Swollen glands. A vague feeling of illness (malaise). Flu-like symptoms may not be…

Chemical Burn

Note : If a chemical has been swallowed that may be a poison or may cause burning in the throat and esophagus, call your local Poison Control Center or the National Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222) immediately for information on treatment. When you call the Poison Control Center, have the chemical container with…

Fever Temperatures: Accuracy and Comparison

You can take a temperature using the mouth (oral), anus (rectal), armpit (axillary), or ear (tympanic). But the temperature readings vary depending on which one you use, and you need an accurate body temperature to determine if a fever is present. Medical research hasn’t determined an exact correlation between oral…

Riesgo de rabia

La rabia podría ser una preocupación después de una mordedura de un animal si: El animal que lo mordió actuaba en forma extraña o echaba espuma de la boca. El animal lo atacó sin ningún motivo claro. No se puede vigilar al animal para detectar señales de rabia. El animal lo mordió mientras usted estaba en un país…