Health & Emergency Tips from Your Local Hospitals

HealthyERHacks are simple tips and tricks to help with everything from a major emergency to a minor health annoyance – from local healthcare experts at HCA North Florida hospitals and emergency rooms (ERs).

No.183
Can you protect yourself from sea lice?
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No.181
Which comes first, bug spray or sunscreen?
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No.46
How do you use wrist pressure to relieve nausea?
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No.133
What are your eyes telling you about your health?
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No.48
How can peppermint help prevent snoring?
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No.73
What no-miss eyedrop tip even works for squirmy kids?
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No.60
Which position should you sleep in to prevent nighttime acid reflux?
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No.21
How can your clothes dryer help with joint pain?
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No.3
Why bring duct tape to a theme park?
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No.20
Can vaping help you quit smoking?
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No.182
Declare independence from 4th of July dangers.
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No.183
Avoid and treat sea lice
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No.181
Know which to apply first, sunscreen or bug spray.
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No.46
Use your wrist to relieve nausea or motion sickness.
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No.114
Take note of the snake that bit you.
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No.87
Make any Band-Aid® into a fingertip bandage using scissors.
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No.119
Use soap and water to relieve poison ivy itch.
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No.122
Try breathing exercises to lower cortisol and blood pressure.
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No.107
Sugar can rid you of hiccups.
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No.124
Use old tennis balls to release tension.
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No.125
Knock out a tooth? Put it in cow's milk before going to the ER.
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No.127
Make your own nasal spray with salt and water.
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No.129
Stand, don't sit, at work.
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No.177
Playing the lottery could be the ticket to better health.
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No.112
Lasso pesky ticks with an old pen to avoid Lyme disease.
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No.128
Eating fish for an omega-3 boost? Skip the tilapia.
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No.132
Ask your doctor to be your weight-loss buddy.
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No.101
Replace (another) 15 toxic household cleaners with vinegar.
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No.123
Get close & make contact for better bonding – it might even make you happier.
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No.15
Use mucus color, temp and timing to tell a cold from allergies.
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No.105
M.O.M. can help rid you of that canker sore.
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No.130
Remember the three Ps when reading health news.
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No.103
Get a 10-minute head start for a less stressful day.
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No.104
To avoid jet lag, stay awake until local bedtime your first night.
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No.134
Drink orange juice to prevent a charley horse.
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No.99
If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing drowning.
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No.100
Stop leg cramps or restless legs: Place soap under your sheets.
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No.133
Pull down your lower eyelid to check for anemia.
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No.97
Count backwards to stifle inappropriate laughter.
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No.94
Replace oil in baking recipes with pumpkin puree for a heart-healthy treat.
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No.48
If a cold has you snoring, gargle with peppermint.
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No.92
Gaze at outdoor photos to be more positive and happy.
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No.102
Ignore the anti-kale buzz...kale is good for you.
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No.38
Soothe a sore throat by eating marshmallows.
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No.93
Avoid coffee before your asthma tests.
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No.12
Use hand sanitizer to take the itch out of bug bites.
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No.30
Cure a throat tickle by scratching or massaging your ear.
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No.96
Use olive oil or mayonnaise to kill lice.
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No.88
Skip coffee to avoid fatigue.
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No.80
Want to be less tired at work? Stop making email your night job.
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No.79
“All-natural” does not mean that it is good for you.
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No.86
The simple act of smelling your morning coffee can help lower stress.
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No.91
Prevent tummy bugs from spreading with pure grape juice.
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No.81
Look up and hold your breath to stop crying.
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No.82
Feeling dizzy? Reach for something stable.
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No.2
Kissing is good for your teeth.
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No.72
Save your own life: What to do if you are choking and alone.
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No.73
Close your eyes to put in eyedrops.
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No.75
Minimize scars with sunscreen.
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No.77
Turn on the lights when taking your medicine.
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No.84
Feeling anxious? Blow your (pretend) horn!
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No.89
Remove splinters with baking soda and water.
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No.90
Lollipops help make the medicine go down.
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No.83
Stop a nosebleed with a pinch and a popsicle.
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No.64
Want to burn more calories? Practice good posture.
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No.70
Use super glue for a quick seal on a tiny cut.
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No.59
Did your hand fall asleep? Rock your head from side to side.
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No.60
To avoid night-time acid reflux, sleep on your left side.
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No.61
Drink water while plugging your ears to stop hiccups.
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No.62
To force a sneeze, look into a bright light.
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No.63
For a vision boost, curl your hand into a fist and look through (like a telescope).
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No.65
Take a walk to help relieve constipation.
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No.53
Maximize your coffee's kick with a nap.
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No.66
Too many energy drinks? Remember "STARS" to know when to seek help.
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No.69
Vinegar can replace 15 toxic household chemicals.
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No.58
Thaw a brain freeze: Press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth.
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No.57
Get rid of a side stitch when running: Exhale as your left foot hits the ground.
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No.56
Trouble hearing? Use your right ear for voices and your left for music.
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No.55
Mow the lawn to relieve stress and boost memory.
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No.54
Prep your body for deep sleep with a warm shower.
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No.74
Crouching down won't avoid lightning. Seek shelter!
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No.67
“When in Doubt, Throw it Out” to avoid food poisoning.
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No.68
Breathe easier: Keep generators and grills far away from the house.
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No.52
Allergies? Shave the mustache (or keep it super clean).
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No.51
To lessen germ exposure in public restrooms use the first stall.
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No.50
Back pain? Place your pillows strategically when you sleep.
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No.49
Dry eyes? Use wraparound sunglasses.
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No.47
Nervous? Have a banana.
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No.45
Cool down by drinking something hot.
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No.32
For better sleep in hot weather, cool your feet.
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No.44
Portable shade...just use an umbrella.
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No.43
Pinch your skin to see if you're dehydrated.
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No.42
Skip the skinny jeans to prevent nerve problems.
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No.41
Use baby powder to remove sand from skin, prevent irritation.
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No.21
Warm your clothes before dressing to help arthritis pain.
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No.22
Chew aspirin during a heart attack (and call 9-1-1).
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No.6
Use cinnamon instead of sugar for your coffee.
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No.5
Sleep on your left side to reduce heartburn.
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No.4
No antacids? Try baking soda & water for heartburn.
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No.3
Heading to a theme park? Bring duct tape to prevent blisters.
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No.23
No inhaler? Try coffee for an asthma attack.
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No.24
Fight depression with fish oil.
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Weekend Warriors (or Parkgoers): Take a hot shower to prevent leg cramps.
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No.26
Have grass pollen allergies? Avoid oranges, tomatoes, peas and peanuts.
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No.8
Chew gum to relieve stress and reduce cortisol.
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No.28
Drink lots of water before a blood draw to make it easier to find a vein.
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No.9
Try ice for toothache relief, but on your hand, not your tooth.
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No.29
Pins and needles in your hands? Move your head from side to side.
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No.10
Don't go gluten-free if you don't have to.
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No.31
Cough during a heart attack.
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No.11
Getting ready for a hospital stay? Lay off alcohol a few days before.
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No.33
Cool off in hot weather using your pulse points.
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No.14
Drink milk to keep your knees healthy.
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No.34
Use a blow dryer (not too close) for water in your ear after swimming.
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No.36
Shower off after swimming to prevent swimmer’s rash.
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No.16
Use your tongue to clear a stuffy nose.
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No.37
Try lip balm to ease the pain of a paper cut.
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No.139
Be healthy (and the cool house): Give out non-candy treats.
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No.136
For safe pumpkin carving, don't forget the newspaper.
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No.17
Try dried ginger for nausea.
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No.39
Treat a nighttime cough with vapor rub...on your feet.
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No.18
Protect your memory: Don't skimp on sleep.
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No.19
Beat the heat: Mix salt, pepper and mint into your lemonade.
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No.20
Quit smoking, but not by vaping instead (it won't help and is NOT safer).
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No.135
Walk your trick-or-treating route in advance as a workout and safety prep.
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No.142
Want to be happier? Express your thanks.
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No.145
Skip the skin for a healthier Thanksgiving.
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No.150
Holiday leftovers? Know when to store and when to throw out.
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No.149
Outsmart plastic packaging this holiday with this kitchen gadget.
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No.143
Start running now to avoid holiday overeating later.
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No.146
Decorating for the holidays? Put on your running shoes.
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No.148
Use candles safely this holiday with this unexpected household item.
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No.147
Holiday decorating? Get a kid’s-eye view for safety.
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No.144
Side step the holiday blues by starting new traditions.
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No.140
To avoid holiday overeating, load up on fruits and vegetables.
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No.180
Don’t take the Super Bowl (too much) to heart.
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No.179
Choose the Dark Side this Valentine’s Day — your heart will thank you.
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