William H. Blahd Jr. MD FACEP


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…

Snake and Lizard Bites

Poisonous snake or lizard bite A bite from a poisonous (venomous) snake or lizard requires emergency care. If you have been bitten by a snake or lizard that you know or think might be poisonous, call or other emergency services immediately. Do not wait for symptoms to develop. If you are not sure what type of snake or…

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps occur in muscles during or after exercise because sweating causes the body to lose water, salt, and other minerals (electrolytes). Leg muscles, such as the calf or thigh muscles, are usually affected most, but abdominal muscle cramps can also occur. Signs of heat cramps include: Muscle twitching or spasms…

Electrical Shock or Burn

When you touch a light switch to turn on a light, you may receive a minor electrical shock. You may feel tingling in your hand or arm. Usually, this tingling goes away in a few minutes. If you do not have damage to the skin or other symptoms, there is no reason to worry. If your skin is burned by electricity, there is…

Herniated Disc

The bones that form your spine are cushioned by small discs that act as shock absorbers and keep the spine flexible. When a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc, slipped disc, or ruptured disc. It may push on the nerves and cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the area where that…