If someone has accidentally or deliberately taken too much of a medication or an illicit drug, get expert advice immediately. Phone a poison control center, physician, or hospital emergency room, give what facts you can (kind and amount of drug, approximate time of taking, age and condition of patient), and follow instructions to the letter. Save the container with any remaining contents. Until medical help arrives, apply these emergency measures. Overdose by swallowing If the victim is not breathing or has no pulse and has swallowed a drug, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
An ear ache is usually the sign of infection. If anyone has severe ear pain or sudden loss of hearing, get prompt medical care; delay can lead to permanent ear damage.
Pain in the outer ear may result from boils in the ear canal or from “swimmer’s ear.” The latter infection is frequent in summer; treat it with Burow’s solution or an equivalent applied four times daily. Take aspirin or another analgesic to relieve pain. See your doctor if the pain worsens or persists more than 2 days. To prevent swimmer’s ear, wear a bathing cap or Earp lugs when swimming.
Eczema is a skin condition with a variety of causes. One type is called atopic dermatitis; it often runs in families with a history of hay fever or asthma. In the very young it may occur as an allergy to certain foods. Usually in any eczema, the skin is inflamed, itching, and scaly-often in patches. In a child the eczema typically appears in front of the elbows and behind the knees; in an adult, on the hands.