Scuba Diving: Fire Coral Cuts Glossary of Terms

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Acetaminophen: A nonaspirin pain reliever or analgesic. Acetaminophen may be given alone t...

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Acetic acid: The acid most commonly associated with vinegar. Acetic acid is a two-carbon c...

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Allergic reaction: The hypersensitive response of the immune system of an allergic indiv...

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Blister: A collection of fluid underneath the top layer of skin (epidermis). There are man...

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Bullae: More than one bulla, a bulla being a blister more than 5 mm (about 3/16 inch) in d...

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Capsule: Capsule has many meanings in medicine including the following:

  1. In medici...

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Cuts: Severed skin. Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water and keeping it clean and d...

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Extremity: An uttermost part of the body, such as a hand or a foot.

Gland: A group of cells that secrete a substance for use in the body. For example, the thy...

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Ibuprofen: A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is commonly used to treat pa...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Jellyfish sting: The injection into the skin of venom from the stinging unit (nematocyst) ...

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Lymph: The almost colorless fluid that travels through the lymphatic system, carrying cell...

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Lymph gland: See Lymph node.

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Lymphadenopathy: Abnormally enlarged lymph nodes. Commonly called swollen glands.

Nausea: Stomach queasiness, the urge to vomit. Nausea can be brought on by many causes, in...

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Organ: A relatively independent part of the body that carries out one or more special func...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Scrape: An abrasion or cut caused by something rubbing roughly against the skin. To treat ...

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Sensation: In medicine and physiology, sensation refers to the registration of an incoming...

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Shortness of breath: Difficulty in breathing. Medically referred to as dyspnea. Shortness ...

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Skeletal: Pertaining to the skeleton, the bones of the body that collectively provide the ...

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Skeleton: The skeleton is composed of bones and is the framework of the body.

Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

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Tongue: A strong muscle that is anchored to the floor of the mouth. The tongue is covered ...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Toxicity: The degree to which a substance (a toxin or poison) can harm humans or animals. ...

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Toxin: A poison produced by certain animals, plants, or bacteria.

Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Venom: A poison, particularly one secreted by an animal. Examples are bee venom, snake ven...

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Vesicles: In dermatology, vesicles are small blisters, most often on the skin. Vesicles al...

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