H. Michael O'Connor MD MMEd FRCPC


First Aid for Electrical Burns

The first steps to take when a person is in contact with an electrical source are: Have someone call or other emergency services. Do not touch the “electrified person” with your hands. Unplug the appliance or turn off the main power switch. Try to remove the person from the electrical source, if you cannot turn the…

Body Piercing: Safe Jewelry Choices

Appropriate jewelry for body piercing sites Is removable. If you have your mouth pierced and you use oral jewelry, make sure it can be removed. For example, you should be able to unscrew the ball on one end of a barbell-shaped device to make the device easy to insert and take out. Allows for full cleaning of the…

Earwax

Earwax is a naturally produced secretion that protects the ear canal. It is a mixture of skin, sweat, hair, and debris (such as shampoo and dirt) held together with a fluid secreted by glands inside the ear canal (ceruminous glands). The ear canals are self-cleaning. Earwax helps filter dust and keep the ears clean and…

Third-Degree Burns

Third-degree burns, also called full-thickness burns, injure all the layers of the skin as well as the fatty tissue beneath them. These are serious burns that can affect the skin’s ability to grow back. A third-degree burn can cause severe pain. But if nerve endings are damaged, the burn may not hurt right away…