10 Common First Aid Myths That May Seriously Injure You

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This article will learn 10 common first aid myths that may seriously injure or kill you and what to do instead.

There is a lot of bad medical information on the internet. So, that’s why we need to debunk some popular medical myths. It’s crucial to remember that administering the incorrect first aid treatment can sometimes be more dangerous than not administering any at all.

It’s critical that you contact 911 as soon as possible. Their operators are trained to keep callers calm and guide them through the proper procedures.

Let’s dive in.

1. Put Heat On Sprains

Sprained Ankle First Aid Myth

Aches and pains can be relieved by heat. A sprain, on the other body, should not be treated with heat. Heat will just make the swelling worse.

Make certain you don’t have a fracture. Apply ice or an ice pack to a sprain for roughly 20 minutes. To create an ice pack for your sprain, fill a plastic bag with ice cubes and wrap it in a thin towel or cloth to protect the skin.

For the first 24 hours, use the RICE procedure (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation).

2. Put Hot Water on Frozen Skin

To thaw up a frozen area of flesh, an arm, or leg (limb), you might be inclined to run hot water over it. However, if the water is excessively hot, this raises the risk of skin damage. Instead, with a warm – not hot – water bath, slowly defrost the skin.

3. Rubbing Alcohol Brings Down Fevers

When you wipe rubbing alcohol on your skin, it feels colder. When you have a temperature, though, this cooling is ineffective. Furthermore, alcohol can be absorbed by the skin.

Using rubbing alcohol to treat a fever for children and babies, in particular, increases the risk of alcohol poisoning. Use a fever-reducing medication that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Contact your healthcare provider if you’re not sure what to do or if your fever won’t go down.

4. A Bandage Speeds Healing

Antibacterial ointment applied to a wound and then covered with a bandage for a lengthy period of time does not speed up healing. This increases the amount of unnecessary moisture on the cut. Instead, clean the wound and apply ointment to it.

Allow it to recover in the open air after that. If a bandage is required to keep the wound hygienic, it should be changed at least twice a day. When changing the bandage, keep the entire region clean and dry by using mild soap and water.

5. Ipecac Syrup Can "Fix" Poisonous Chemical Ingestion

You may assume that if someone swallows a chemical, vomiting it out straight away would assist. Ipecac syrup, a type of medication, was once used to induce vomiting. Ipecac syrup, on the other hand, has been withdrawn and should not be used.

Ipecac syrup in old bottles should not be kept in the house. Some chemicals can actually make you sicker if you vomit them up. Instead, get assistance from a health professional or the National Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) as soon as possible.

6. Butter Helps Burns

Butter on Burns First Aid Myth

You’ve undoubtedly heard that putting butter on a burn is good first aid advice. This, however, is terrible information. Any oily substance on a burn traps heat in the body, making it difficult for the burn to heal or be treated correctly.

If you have a burn, apply cold water to it to relieve the discomfort. After that, carefully dry the area and cover it loosely. Seek medical attention if the burn blisters change color or seem infected.

7. Hold Your Head Back For Bloody Noses

Do not hold back your nose when having a bloody nose. Blood will flow down the back of your throat and may be swallowed as a result.

Blood in your stomach might irritate it and induce vomiting. Vomiting may aggravate the bleeding or cause it to resume. Rather than swallowing any blood that collects in your mouth and throat, spit it out.

What you should do is tilt forward and squeeze the fleshy section of their nostrils together for 10 minutes to treat nose bleeding. Always remind children to breathe through their mouths and to spit any blood into a basin or tissue. Here is how to prevent it.

8. Stick Fingers Down Throat When Choking

Never put your fingers down someone’s throat – you might restrict the airway further or cause it to swell. Begin by bending the victim forward from the waist and delivering a Heimlich maneuver or other variation of an abdominal thrust.

9. Urinate on Jellyfish Stings

Urinating on a jellyfish sting is not the healthiest solution, and any competent doctor would advise against it.

In actuality, peeing on a jellyfish sting will not relieve the discomfort and may even trigger the jellyfish’s nematocysts to inject additional poison into the body. It’s been proven that rinsing with vinegar and applying heat will help alleviate pain and prevent the spread of venom.

10. Put Something in a Seizure Victims Mouth

Do not put anything in someone’s mouth if they are experiencing a seizure. They can’t swallow their tongue because there is tissue in your mouth beneath your tongue that holds it in place.

During a seizure, never put anything in someone’s mouth. They can bite their tongues, but they can’t swallow them! Your first concern should be to keep them safe until expert medical assistance comes, if necessary.


Here is a video, containing a ton more myths that will definitely come in handy.


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1 thought on “10 Common First Aid Myths That May Seriously Injure You”

  1. Wow, there’s so much to learn here. These suggestions can save lives, particularly for individuals who learned first aid from movies.


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