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Treating Common Injuries In Teens At Home

Between sports and living an active lifestyle, it’s easy for your teenager to become injured or hurt. Most incidences are not serious, and don’t require an urgent trip to the doctor or emergency room. Simple roughhousing dings or a minor bump here or there can easily be treated at home. While any injury that is potentially life threatening should be attended to immediately, many can be treated with items you may already have in your medicine cabinet. 

Here are just a few examples:

Swelling

Teens love to wrestle and play hard”especially on bikes and skateboards. Sports including basketball and football promote sportsmanship and physical strength, but all of these activities can also lead to injuries. While physical activity should always be a part of daily life, one of the drawbacks of being an active teen can be blunt injuries and falls. If your teen is practicing with his friends in the backyard and an injury occurs, swelling is one of the first things to occur.

Swelling happens when there is an increase in movement of fluid and white blood cells to a specific area. This leads to inflammation due to a chemical reaction and compression of area nerves as the result of the injury. Most aren’t serious and can be treated with an ice pack and compression bandage from your local pharmacy.

It’s good to keep a first aid kit and related supplies on hand, so be sure to stock your medicine cabinet at home. You can find a pharmacy on LowestMed.com to order these supplies online. It should only be a major concern when the swelling is accompanied by severe pain, or if inflammation doesn’t go away after 48 hours.

Lacerations

Cuts and breaks in the skin are something that everyone experiences from time to time. But with teens, cuts and lacerations on the skin can be a frequent occurrence. Most cuts can be treated at home with a saline solution to clean the wound and keep it from getting infected. There are some rules when it comes to knowing if a wound should be treated by a doctor or at home. Things to look for include:

*Lacerations with a jagged edge

*Deep wounds that have severely punctured the skin

*Bleeding that is difficult to stop or control

*Discharge from the wound

*Painful to the touch

*Area in or around the wound is severely red and inflamed

If after treating the cut with a bandage and antiseptic solution the bleeding is uncontrolled or possibly infected, seek medical help right away.

Rash

Because teens come in contact with several surfaces at school as well as people, they are exposed to many germs and strains of infection and bacteria. As a result of this, skin irritation or rash may occur. There are several causes of rash such as:

*Infection

*Virus

*Contact dermatitis

*Bug bites

*Allergic response

Most rashes can easily be identified and treated with over the counter remedies at home. Bug bites can be treated with calamine or anti-itch creams from the pharmacy. Allergic rashes should be monitored closely, but can be controlled with Benadryl or other anti-inflammatory agents. Diseases and viruses may need to be addressed by your child’s pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis and follow-up treatment.

Burns

Burns result when the skin is exposed to:

*Heat

*Chemicals

*Radiation

*Electricity

All burns with your teens should be taken very seriously. Burning can lead to scaring, and in some cases it can be severe. Having a second or third degree burn on the skin leaves the body open to bacteria and other agents that can trigger infection. This can become serious and require advanced debridement, grafting and lead to long-term complications. Most first-degree burns can be treated with over the counter products to help alleviate pain and keep the skin clean and moisturized.

Most common household injuries can be treated simply and effectively at home. If you have any concern for your teens health needs, set up an appointment with his pediatrician right away.