Health emergencies take place all the time, and more often than not, they happen at the very moment you least expect them to! Because most health emergencies require quick thinking and rapid action, it’s really important that you are able to recognize common health emergencies and that you know what to do about them.
Here are a few of the most common health emergencies and some info on what you should do about them:
When someone around you faints, it can be really scary, but in the vast majority of cases, they won’t be suffering from anything too serious. Most fainting spells are caused by low blood sugar or exposure to excessive heat. However, diabetes and heart conditions can also cause fainting, which is why you should always ensure that someone who feels dizzy lies down. This will send blood flow to the brain and take pressure off the heart. If someone actually faints, you should check their breathing and feel their pulse before calling 911. If they aren’t breathing, you should start CPR immediately.
An Abscessed Tooth
Tooth abscesses aren’t quite as common as they used to be now that we all have better dental health regimes, but they are still pretty common. If you feel a terrible pain in your mouth, have swollen neck glands, or an oozing sore in your mouth, chances are you have a tooth abscess.
The first thing you should do upon noticing an abscess is try to get in touch with a dentist. You can find a list of available emergency dentists online if you’re suffering from severe pain out of hours and they will sort you out. There isn’t really much you can do to treat an abscess yourself because it requires antibiotics, drainage, and maybe even a root canal. The best you can do is to take some painkillers and wait to see the dentist and do this you must because abscesses are caused by a rather nasty infection that can spread and cause very serious health problems if left untreated.
Seizures are really scary. When someone suffers from a seizure, they may foam at the mouth, fling their body around or shake uncontrollably, blackout and have a racing pulse. So, it’s easy to panic and make yourself unable to help them properly.
If you see someone have a seizure, find something soft to place under their head so they don’t injure themselves. This could be a jacket, shirt, or anything else you can find. Then, turn them onto their sides to cut the risk of them choking on their own vomit.
Broken bones are probably one of the most common injuries you’re likely to come across, and they are almost certainly going to need medical attention. So, do not move the injured party unless they are in danger (in the middle of the road). If their injuries are bleeding, use a clean piece of fabric to apply pressure to the wound and apply an ice pack to diminish any swelling, before calling for help.
Now that you know what to do in these common health emergencies, you can be that person who stays cool, calm, and collected in a crisis.