4 First-AID Misconceptions Set Right

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It really will be of great help if you know a thing or two about first-aid and that too the right methods of practice as this could not only save you but also the lives of your loved and dear ones and complete strangers as well at times of distress.

#1 What should you do when there’s a foreign object stuck inside your eye?

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If it’s just an eyelash or some mere dust particle, start blinking your eyes rapidly to let tears wash away the foreign particle. If you have to use your hands, then see that you wash them well before you use them. Also, use a mirror or your smartphones front camera to locate things stuck in your eye. If the foreign particle is stuck in the corner of your eye, use a wet piece of cloth to remove it. Avoid taking matters into your own hands if objects like glass shards are stuck inside your eye and visit a doctor as soon as possible.

#2 Should you directly apply ointments to your wound??

Ointments, when directly applied on a fresh wound, will increase bacterial activity as it contains a lot of moisture. This will further increase the time required to heal the wound. 

The best thing you could do is just wash the wound with cold water and soap and apply a dry bandage or band-aid. This will make the wound heal faster.

#3 Should you lift an unconscious person?

The first thing you do when you see a person who has lost consciousness is to lift him/her up and sprinkle some water. Well, you shouldn’t actually do it, when you lift a person who has fainted, you tend to increase the number of spasms which make the matter worse for the victim. All you have to do is lift the fainted person legs, loosen his/her clothes if it’s tight and wait for some time for the victim to wake up.

Once the victim has regained consciousness, don’t let them stand up or walk immediately. Also, it is not advisable for the victim to drink coffee or energy drink after they have regained consciousness as they contain caffeine which will lead to dehydration.

#4 Should you vomit when you are poisoned?

The most common thing people recommend you to do when you are poisoned is to force yourself to vomit but this is not the right thing to do. For starters, when you force yourself to vomit, the poison may make it’s way to the lungs and do more harm. Also, when you are poisoned by chemicals, vomiting could actually burn your throat and lastly, it sometimes is really difficult to stop vomiting this could lead to dehydration and other serious consequences. The best thing you could probably do is call for an ambulance without wasting your time.