Scuba Diving: Marine Bite Glossary of Terms

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

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. ...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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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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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degr...

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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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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Joint: The area where two bones are attached for the purpose of permitting body parts to m...

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

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Lymph node: One of many small, bean-shaped organs located throughout the lymphatic system....

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Medical school: A school with a curriculum leading to a medical degree. The mission of eve...

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Node: Literally a knot, a node is a collection of tissue. For example a lymph node, is a ...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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

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Scrub: 1. As a verb, to wash the hands and forearms very thoroughly, as before enga...

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Snake bites: A bite of a venomous snake, such as a rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth wa...

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SPF (sun protection factor): A number on a scale for rating the degree of protection prov...

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Sunscreen: A substance that blocks the effect of the sun's harmful rays. Using lotions tha...

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Syringe: A medical device that is used to inject fluid into, or withdraw fluid from, the b...

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

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Tylenol: See: Acetaminophen.

Wrist: The part of the hand that is nearest the forearm and consists of the carpal bones a...

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