Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.
May 02 2008
Sea Bather’s Eruption
From the month of May through September, oceangoers along the U.S. Gulf coast need to be concerned about a particular form of skin rash caused by tiny jellyfish. As the summer season progresses, this can also become a problem along the entire east...
Apr 30 2008
Lifeguard Situation in California
Here's a recent communication that originated with the Orange County (California) Register: Wednesday, April 9, 2008State lifeguard funding gets a reprieve. Public safety mandates staffing.By FRED SWEGLESThe Orange County RegisterLifeguard service...
Apr 26 2008
The oceans are our greatest wilderness. On a recent trip to Hawaii, I was in an aquatic mood and watched the recently-released DVD entitled "Sharkwater." It is a very fine production that should be watched by every person interested in marine cons...
Apr 23 2008
More Bee Story
Jeremy Joslin, MD has left a new comment on your post "Question About a Bee Sting": "Thanks for posting this very interesting case. Your blog really helps me learn through cases that I don't ordinarily see.Dr. Auerbach, do you think this could be ...
Apr 22 2008
Thank You to Dr. Val and The Voice of Reason for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Dr. Val Jones of Dr. Val and The Voice of Reason for including my post about blisters in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of posts related to health care compiled by a host, who makes a great e...
Apr 19 2008
Blisters: The Bane of Hikers
Blisters are the bane of hikers. These clear fluid- or blood-filled vesicles have probably ended more outings than all major illnesses combined.
Apr 16 2008
A reader writes (paraphrased by me): “Here in Corpus Christi, today, while surfing, I practically picked up a large man-o-war while surfing. The burn is intense as I write. I felt severe pain immediately. I panicked in the water. The tentacles clu...
Apr 15 2008
Thank You to Women's Health News for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Rachel Walden of Women's Health News for including my book review of Mountains Beyond Mountains in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of posts related to health care compiled by a host, who makes...
Apr 12 2008
Mountains Beyond Mountains
With my busy schedule, I don't have much time to sit down and read, so when I am able to do that, it is precious for me. I've just finished Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains, subtitled "The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure th...
Apr 10 2008
Multiple Bee Stings
A reader writes (about bee stings): "But what can be done for a victim stung many times, but who is not having an allergic reaction? I imagine this venom begins to become systemically dangerous after around 2-300 stings (assuming 500 is a lethal t...