Tetanus

Background The bacteria that cause tetanus enter the body through any wound or break in the skin, often in a foot. The bacteria live in soil, dust and animal droppings. (Contrary to rumor, they do not live on rusty nails. Nails, rusty or not, can inflict the requisite skin puncture for the bacteria to invade.) […]

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Stings and Bites

Background Bees sting, leaving a stinger in your skin; wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and spiders bite. In most cases stings and bites are painful but not serious; the pain and itching disappears in a few days. Symptoms are swelling and tenderness around the sting/bite, redness, burning pain and itching. Scratching the wound can introduce infection. […]

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Poison Oak

Background About 50% of us are extremely sensitive; we will have a reaction upon slightest contact with the oil of the poison oak plant and the rash will spread to non-contact areas of our bodies, perhaps even internally. Another 35% need higher concentrations of the oil to have a reaction. It takes varying amounts of […]

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