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Would you know how to help someone who is in shock; needs CPR; is choking; has been poisoned; has suffered a burn; has alcohol poisoning; is having an allergic reaction; has had a tooth knocked out; has something in their eye; is bleeding; has been bitten by a cat or dog; or has some other medical emergency? You will if you watch these first aid videos from Howcast.
You Will Need
- Healthy diet
- Cool environment
Take a break
If the swelling is related to an sport or activity you're engaged in, take a break from it for at least a few days.
Lie down, and use pillows to elevate the swollen area so that it is higher than your heart.
Once you're lying down, apply ice to the swollen area.
Talk to your doctor
Make an appointment with a doctor, and talk to them about medicines you can take and exercises you can do to encourage blood flow and help reduce swelling.
Lower your sodium and caffeine intake. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet and avoid foods high in fat. Drink plenty of fluids.
Keep skin cool
Keep your skin cool when you are in a hot environment. Stay in locations that are air conditioned or relax in a pool. You'll feel better in no time.