the Gila monster that lives in Arizona and Mexico and the beaded lizard of Mexico. Symptoms from their bites of these include pain, swelling, and discoloration in the area around the bite and swollen lymph nodes. Weakness, sweating, thirst, headache, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus) may also develop. In severe cases, blood pressure may fall. Keep the victim calm, still, and warm, and take them immediately to the nearest hospital. The bitten limb should be loosely immobilized and kept positioned below heart level. Rings, watches, and tight clothing should be removed, and no stimulants should be given. A Sawyer’s extractor (a device that suctions venom from the site of the bite, designed for first aid) should be applied over the bite within 5 minutes and kept in place for 30 to 40 minutes during transportation to the hospital. A specific antivenom is not available.
1. Lower lid (of the eye). 2. Lower limit. The recommended LL for potassium intake is 4.7 grams per day for adults.
Acronym for the left lower lobe (of the lung). The left lung is divided into the left upper and left lower lobe.
Left lower quadrant (quarter). For example, the LLQ of the abdomen contains the descending portion of the colon.
Abbreviation for “last menstrual period.” By convention, pregnancies are dated in weeks starting from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP). If her menstrual periods are regular and ovulation occurs on day 14 of her cycle, conception takes place about 2 weeks after her LMP. A woman is therefore considered to be […]
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The eye worm, a parasite that lives in humans and other primates. People contract the parasite when bitten by infected deer flies. The larvae of the worm enter the bloodstream and later develop into adult worms. Symptoms may not appear for months or years after the bite of the fly. The worms migrate through the […]