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Dear Dr. Cory:
How many ounces of blood are in your body?
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An average adult has about five liters (ten and a half pints) or 168 ounces. Blood donors, people who give their blood voluntarily to hospitals to use for surgeries and emergencies, usually give about one pint of blood.
Dear Dr. Cory:
What should I do if I get bitten by a snake?
Dear Dr. Cory:
What if I get bitten by a snake like a diamondback rattlesnake rattlesnake, poisonous New World snake of the pit viper family, distinguished by a rattle at the end of the tail. The head is triangular, being widened at the base. The rattle is a series of dried, hollow segments of skin, which, when shaken, make a whirring sound. ? What should I take?
Matthew McLeod Hutchens Elementary School Mobile, Alabama
Dear Kayla and Matthew:
Most snake bites are not venomous venomous
secreting poison; poisonous. but they can hurt. If not cleaned properly, they can become infected. Bites from nonvenomous snakes such as garter snakes or pet snakes often just brush the skin without breaking it. A bite from a nonvenomous snake should be washed well with soap and water. If the bite breaks the skin, have your parents check with your doctor to make sure that you are current with your tetanus vaccine tetanus vaccine
n. Abbr. T
Tetanus toxoids vaccine.
n one of several vaccinations used to immunize against tetanus (lockjaw). . With the right care, these bites usually heal without any problems or scars.
Bites from venomous snakes, such as rattlesnakes, are a different story. This type of bite can be deadly if the person does not get medical care immediately. In fact, about ten people a year die from venomous snake bites. There are about 45,000 snake bites a year and about 7,000 of those bites are from venomous snakes.
Snake bites can be treated best when your doctor knows exactly what kind of snake caused the bite. This is particularly important if the snake was a venomous snake. Antivenin antivenin /an·ti·ven·in/ (-ven´in) a material used in treatment of poisoning by animal venom.
black widow spider antivenin a. . serum is a medicine used to treat such snake bites. The type of antivenin used depends on the type of snake that caused the bite.
If you are unsure whether the snake that caused the bite was venomous, call your local Poison Control Center poison control center Toxicology A nonprofit facility, often affiliated with a university or hospital, that provides emergency toxicology assessments by telephone, and treatment recommendations, primarily to parents of children who swallowed a household product, or go to your doctor right away.
Snakes help us by keeping the number of rodents down, but it is good to have a healthy respect for them.
Dear Dr. Cory:
Where do plantar warts come from?
Jackie Sherbeyn Geneseo, Illinois
Warts are not pretty to look at, but they are nothing more than harmless growths on the skin. They are caused by the human papilloma virus human papilloma virus
n. Abbr. HPV
A DNA virus of the genus Papillomavirus, certain types of which cause cutaneous and genital warts in humans, including condyloma acuminatum. . The virus invades skin cells and makes them multiply rapidly. It isn't understood why, but the body's natural defenses seem to ignore the wart wart, circumscribed outgrowth of the skin caused by a filterable virus that is readily transmitted. Warts may appear anywhere on the skin but are most common on the hands. . Warts are contagious, but they tend to spread on the person with the wart rather than to other people. Avoid picking at them to keep the wart from spreading.
They are usually not painful except when you have one in a place that receives a lot of pressure--such as the foot (plantar warts).
Warts will go away on their own, but it may take as long as two to three years.
One type of wart treatment is the medicated medicated /med·i·cat·ed/ (med´i-kat?id) imbued with a medicinal substance.
contains a medicinal substance. skin patch skin patch, transdermal patch, or transdermal delivery system, adhesive patch used to deliver a controlled dose of a drug through the skin over a period of time. . These patches have special medicine on them. A new patch is applied to the wart each night. Sometimes the wart is gone within a few weeks. These kits are available without a prescription at a pharmacy. Your doctor can also remove them by surgery or by freezing them. Check to see what he recommends for your type of wart.
Wart viruses can easily be picked up in the shower or in the locker room at pools or gyms. To help avoid getting plantar warts, wear sandals such as flip-flops while in these areas.
See you next issue!
Cory SerVaas, M.D.
Be cautious of places where snakes like to hide: rocky areas, hollow logs or stumps of trees, animal holes, wood piles, cornfields, bushes, and sheds storing grain.
Don't reach into or under rocks, logs, or animal holes.
Look on both sides of a log before stepping over it. Snakes often nap in such places.
Wear boots or high-top work shoes and long, heavy pants when walking in woods or fields.
Leave dead snakes alone! Two doctors from Phoenix reported that 15 percent of the people they treated for rattlesnake bites were bitten by "dead" snakes. Even a cut-off snake's head snake's head
see fritillaria meleagris. can make reflexive biting motions up to an hour after death.