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First Aid Facts and Myths – Myth Four

Myth: Apply a hot compress to a sprained ankle. Fact: Cold is the best way to combat swelling. Heat could actually worsen the inflammation of the injury. For ankle sprains, apply a cold compress for a full 10 minutes and then continue to apply cold as needed. For severe sprains, strains and fractures, seek immediate…
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First Aid Facts and Myths – Myth Three

Myth: Put cold red meat on a black eye. Fact: It’s the cold, not the steak, that’s important. Unless the steak is frozen and sealed completely, you don’t want that on any bruise—eye or otherwise—because it could introduce bacteria into the equation that could result in an infection. Grab a bag of frozen peas or…
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First Aid Facts and Myths – Myth Two

Myth: Help soothe and heal a burn by applying butter. Fact: Butter could make the burn worse and make treatment by a doctor more difficult. Putting butter on a burn means putting a non-sterile substance on an extremely sensitive area that is highly susceptible to infection. First-degree burns can be treated at home using cool,…
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First Aid Facts and Myths – Myth One

Myth: Put your head back when you have a nosebleed. Fact: Don’t put your head back! Blood could flow down your throat and potentially into your stomach, which can cause nausea and vomiting; instead, tilt your head forward and pinch your nose right at your nostrils, not higher. Hold your nose for a full 10…
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