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First Aid

Learn about first aid

Accidents happen every day. An accident can be as simple as a fall that scrapes your elbow or sprains your ankle. Our first aid topics can help you deal with these common injuries. They can also teach you how to help someone else who has had an accident or injury. You'll learn the proper treatments that help prevent infection and further injury so you can be safe in all of your everyday activities.

Explore the following first aid topics to learn more:

  • Choking Rescue Procedure (Heimlich Maneuver)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Objects in the Eye
  • Rash, Age 12 and Older
  • Blisters
  • Sprained Ankle: Using a Compression Wrap
Health Topics
  • Abdominal Pain, Age 11 and Younger
  • Abdominal Pain, Age 12 and Older
  • Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
  • Acetaminophen
  • Acid Burns
  • Alkali Burns
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergies to Insect Stings
  • Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior
  • Animal and Human Bites
  • Antihistamines
  • Anxiety
  • Arm Injuries
  • Arm Problems, Noninjury
  • Back Problems and Injuries
  • Black Widow Spider Bite
  • Blister Care
  • Blisters
  • Blood and Body Fluid Precautions
  • Body Piercing Problems
  • Breast Problems
  • Broken Rib
  • Broken Toe
  • Broken Tooth or Dental Appliance: First Aid
  • Brown Recluse Spider Bite
  • Bruises and Blood Spots Under the Skin
  • Burns and Electric Shock
  • Burns to the Eye
  • Calf Muscle Injury
  • Care for a Skin Wound
  • Care of an Insect Sting
  • Change in Heartbeat
  • Chemical in the Eye
  • Chest Problems
  • Chili Pepper Burns
  • Choking Rescue Procedure: Heimlich Maneuver
  • Cold Exposure: Emergency Equipment
  • Cold Packs for Eye Injuries
  • Cold Temperature Exposure
  • Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness
  • Constipation, Age 11 and Younger
  • Constipation, Age 12 and Older
  • Copperhead
  • Coral Snake
  • Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin)
  • Coughs, Age 12 and Older
  • CPR Quick Reference
  • Crying, Age 3 and Younger
  • Cut That Removes All Layers of Skin
  • Cuts
  • Cuts: When Stitches Are Needed
  • Dealing With Emergencies
  • Dehydration
  • Dehydration Caused by a Medicine
  • Dehydration: Drinking Enough Fluids (Babies and Young Children)
  • Dehydration: Drinking Extra Fluids (Older Children and Adults)
  • Diabetes in Children: Care Plan for School or Day Care
  • Diabetes: How to Give Glucagon
  • Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels
  • Diaper Rash
  • Diarrhea, Age 11 and Younger
  • Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older
  • Disasters and Other Public Health Threats
  • Disc Battery in the Nose
  • Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo
  • Ear Canal Problems (Swimmer's Ear)
  • Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger
  • Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older
  • Earwax
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Problems, Noninjury
  • Emergency Care for an Accidental Amputation
  • Emergency First Aid for Heatstroke
  • Estimating the Size of a Burn
  • Eye Flushing
  • Eye Injuries
  • Eye Injury: First Aid for a Black Eye
  • Eye Injury: First Aid for Chemical Burns
  • Eye Injury: First Aid for Heat Burns
  • Eye Injury: First Aid for Minor Cuts
  • Eye Problems, Noninjury
  • Facial Injuries
  • Facial Problems, Noninjury
  • Feeling Depressed
  • Female Genital Problems and Injuries
  • Fentanyl Overdose
  • Fever or Chills, Age 11 and Younger
  • Fever or Chills, Age 12 and Older
  • Fever Seizures
  • Finger, Hand, and Wrist Injuries
  • Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems, Noninjury
  • Fire Ant Stings
  • First Aid for a Fishhook Stuck in an Eye
  • First Aid for a Spinal Injury
  • First Aid for Chemical Burns
  • First Aid for Electrical Burns
  • First Aid for Low Back Pain
  • First Aid for Tar or Plastic Burns
  • First Aid Kit for Travelers
  • Fishhook Injuries
  • Food Poisoning: Toxoplasmosis
  • Gas, Bloating, and Burping
  • Groin Problems and Injuries
  • Head Injury, Age 3 and Younger
  • Head Injury, Age 4 and Older
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Heat After an Injury
  • Heat-Related Illnesses
  • Heatstroke: Emergency Symptoms
  • Heimlich Maneuver for Adults and Children Older Than 1 Year
  • Helping a Person During a Seizure
  • High-Pressure Injection Wounds
  • Hip Injuries, Age 11 and Younger
  • Hip Injuries, Age 12 and Older
  • Hip Problems, Age 11 and Younger
  • Hip Problems, Age 12 and Older
  • Home Remedies for Bites and Stings
  • Home Treatment First Aid for Cold Exposure
  • Home Treatment for Second-Degree Burns
  • How a Scrape Heals
  • How to Stop Bleeding From a Head Wound
  • How to Transport a Piece of Tongue
  • Hyperventilation
  • Hypothermia and Cold Temperature Exposure
  • Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites
  • Insect Stings: How to Remove the Stinger
  • Itching Relief
  • Jellyfish Sting: Home Treatment
  • Kissing Bugs
  • Knee Problems and Injuries
  • Knocked-Out Tooth: First Aid
  • Leg Injuries
  • Leg Problems, Noninjury
  • Male Genital Problems and Injuries
  • Marine Stings and Scrapes
  • Mouth Wounds: How to Stop Bleeding
  • Nail Problems and Injuries
  • Naloxone Rescue Kits for Opioid Overdose
  • Nausea and Vomiting, Age 11 and Younger
  • Nausea and Vomiting, Age 12 and Older
  • Nervous System Problems
  • Nonfatal Drowning
  • Nonpoisonous Spider Bites
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Nose Injuries
  • Nosebleeds
  • Object in the Eye: First Aid
  • Object in the Vagina
  • Objects in the Ear
  • Objects in the Eye
  • Objects in the Nose
  • Other Home Treatment Measures for a First-Degree Burn or Sunburn
  • Pinkeye
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy-Related Problems
  • Problems After Delivery of Your Baby
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Puncture Wounds: Stitches, Staples, and Skin Adhesives
  • Puss Caterpillar Stings
  • Rash, Age 11 and Younger
  • Rash, Age 12 and Older
  • Rattlesnake Bite
  • Rectal Problems
  • Removing a Fishhook
  • Removing an Object From a Wound
  • Removing Splinters
  • Respiratory Problems, Age 11 and Younger
  • Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older
  • Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE)
  • Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)
  • Scalp Problems
  • Scorpion Stings
  • Scrapes
  • Seabather's Eruption
  • Seizures
  • Self-Care Supplies
  • Shock
  • Shoulder Problems and Injuries
  • Skin Adhesives (Liquid Stitches)
  • Skin Changes
  • Skin Cyst: Home Treatment
  • Skin Rashes: Home Treatment
  • Sleep Problems, Age 12 and Older
  • Snake and Lizard Bites
  • Snake Antivenom
  • Snakebite: Symptoms of a Pit Viper Bite
  • Sore Throat and Other Throat Problems
  • Splint Care Tips
  • Splinting
  • Sponge Bath for a Child's Fever
  • Stopping a Nosebleed
  • Stopping Facial Bleeding
  • Sunburn
  • Swallowed or Inhaled Objects
  • Swelling
  • Swollen Glands, Hernias, and Other Lumps Under the Skin
  • Taking Care of Your Stitches or Staples
  • Tattoo Problems
  • Tick Bites
  • Ticks: How to Avoid and Remove Ticks
  • Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries
  • Toe, Foot, and Ankle Problems, Noninjury
  • Toxic Reaction to Insect or Spider Venom
  • Trapped Finger, Toe, or Limb
  • Treating a Hangnail
  • Treating a Nail Infection
  • Treating Low Blood Sugar
  • Urinary Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger
  • Urinary Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older
  • Use Heat or Ice to Relieve Low Back Pain
  • Using Cold and Heat Therapies
  • Using Eye Ointment
  • Using Ice and Cold Packs
  • Warm Compresses for Eye Problems
  • Weakness and Fatigue
Medical Tests
  • Pulse Measurement
Take Action
  • Allergies in Children: Giving an Epinephrine Shot to a Child
  • Allergies: Giving Yourself an Epinephrine Shot
  • Bipolar Disorder: Preventing Manic Episodes
  • Eczema: Taking Care of Your Skin
  • Sprained Ankle: Using a Compression Wrap

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