First Aid

First Aid: Myth versus Reality

“Better know nothing than half know many things.”

We all are familiar with some remedy myth or some folklore, however, all the beliefs may not turn out to be true or effective in all the cases. On the contrary, you might run the risk of adversely affecting the person.

Here you can find a list that will help you to distinguish between the first aid myth and the reality.

 

Myth:

Applying toothpaste, ice or butter on

burns

would cool down the burning effect.

 

Reality:

In order to soothe the burn, the best remedy is to place the burnt portion under the cool running water. Later, one can apply an antiseptic cream in order to reduce the burning effect. Do not apply toothpaste, ice or butter on the burnt area as it may cause infection.

 

Myth:

Applying vinegar for

sunburn

.

 

Reality:

The last resource you would like to apply on burns would be an acid solution like vinegar. The ideal step would be, to drink plenty of water or energy drinks that do not contain caffeine and in order to reduce the pain one can have tylenol/panadol.

 

Myth:

Cutting and

Extracting the venom from a

snake bite

.

 

Reality:

Reel and real life is completely opposite. Ignore whatever you see in movies. Cutting and sucking the venom from snake bite in not only unhygienic but also it is very dangerous. In such cases, call for emergency.

 

Myth:

Applying sugar for

bleeding.

 

Reality:

One of the sweetest myth is applying sugar on the wound can stop bleeding. Instead, the best way is to clean the wound with warm water and apply antiseptic ointment to prevent any infection.

 

Myth:

Tilt the head backward to stop

nosebleed.

 

Reality:

Nose bleeding occurs due to number of reasons. However, leaning backward can cause the flow of blood to move towards the throat causing the person to choke and vomit. The ideal action is to lean forward and pinch the nose for five to ten minutes.

 

Myth:

Rubbing the

eyes

to remove the foreign substance.

 

Reality:

The first instinct says to rub the eyes when some foreign object enters the delicate eyes. However, this can prove to be harmful as rubbing could lead the object further deep into the eyes. Instead reach for fresh water to rinse the eyes.

 

Myth:

Applying heat on

sprain

.

 

Reality:

Many believe that applying heat on sprain gives rest. However, applying heat can promote swelling. For sprains, applying ice packs would make the affected person feel better.

Proper knowledge helps one to take right action and prevents the situation from turning ugly. An ounce of right knowledge is worth a ton of safety.

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