How to Treat the 6 Most Common Household Injuries


No matter how much we strive to make our domestic as safe as possible, accidents at home and household injuries can still happen – even in the most conscientious of households.


However, millions of people suffer non-fatal injuries each year at home. Household injuries may include but are not limited to falls, poisoning, burns, choking and drowning.

Learn to Treat the Most Common Household Injuries

1. Burns

Any burn should be held under cold running water for ten minutes and then assessed. After washing and cooling the area, bandage it to prevent infections and reduce the pain. There are numerous home remedies for burns you can utilize without taking a trip to the pharmacy.

See a doctor:

If the burn is larger than the size of your palm; if the burn doesn’t show signs of healing, causes severe pain, appears swollen, or is infected; if the burns are in the vicinity of the face or near the joints.

2. A bleeding cut

Hold pressure onto the wound, preferably with a clean material such as cloth or gauze. Keep the pressure for several minutes until the bleeding stops completely and apply an antiseptic to the area.To prevent infection, try using a variety of natural items.

When to see a doctor

Visit your doctor if the bleeding won’t stop, or the cut swells and feels hot to the touch, or if you think there’s a foreign object in the wound.

3. Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a common infectious condition that affects millions of people each year. Escherichia coli, listeria and salmonella are the most prevalent cause of food poisoning. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid serious dehydration.

When to see a doctor

Call a doctor immediately if symptoms last more than 3 days and include: fever, severe belly pain, vomiting that is prolonged or bloody, bloody diarrhea or dark stools, signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, decreased urination, dizziness, fatigue, or increased heart rate or breathing rate.

4. Sprains

A sprain is when a ligament, which connects parts of a joint, is stretched, twisted or torn. Knees, ankles and wrists are the most common parts of the body affected.

If this occurs, apply an ice pack from your first aid kit, rest the affected area and give it time to heal.

5. Electrocution

Electrocution is a life-threatening situation that can cause severe pain, burns, and even death. You may get electrocuted by accidentally pushing something into a live socket, or even by touching a faulty appliance.

Switch off the electric current to the house and use a stick or a broom to remove the person from the source of electricity. Do not touch them directly as you may also be electrocuted.

Once the person is away from the source of electricity, check their consciousness levels. If they remain unconscious, begin CPR and call for an ambulance.

6. Bee sting

Locate the sting and remove it right away. Wash the area with water and soap, then place a cold compress on it. Raise the stung body part to minimize swelling.

When to see a doctor

If the person is exhibiting signs of allergies, such as swelling or difficulty breathing and swallowing, visit your doctor. If the area remains red and itchy for more than 48 hours, contact your doctor too.


Source: lifehealthandfood

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