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.
Jul 26 2008
Summer Tips: Sunburn, Blisters, Sprains, Bug Bites and More
Learn to avoid and treat sunburns, blisters, sprains, mosquito bites, and other summer dangers.
Jan 26 2008
Treatment for Burns
Five steps to treating a burn.
Oct 23 2007
Surviving A Wildfire
The danger of being entrapped or burned over by a wildfire is a very real threat for people living, working, or visiting in rural areas and wildlands, as well as in the urban areas adjacent to wildlands.
Sep 29 2007
Tips to Prevent Outdoor Sports Injury
Outdoor recreation is the fastest growing category of recreation in the U.S., and perhaps worldwide. In addition to hiking, trekking, backbacking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, swimming, boating, scuba diving, and all of the other outdoor rec...
Jul 11 2007
Tips to Avoid Dehydration
Dehydration, or depletion of body fluids, can swiftly debilitate athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. Staying well hydrated should be a top priority for participants and spectators alike.
Jul 05 2007
What's In Your Medical Kit?
"What’s in Your Kit?” is written by Dr. Timothy Platts-Mills, a rising star in this area of expertise. I suggest that you read what he has written, but in the meantime, here are a few “pearls” excerpted from his excellent advice.
Nov 03 2006
Waking Up After a Head Injury
A reader writes (about Head Injuries): "My son once fell on his head...and cried all the way home. When we got home he fell asleep from exhaustion....what does sleeping after a fall do?"
Aug 27 2006
Shelf Life of Antivenom
photo by Sherman MintonA reader asks: "What's the shelf life of antivenom and does it have to be refrigerated? Can I take it hiking?" This is a common and important question. To answer the first question, for the newest North American antivenom p...
Jul 29 2006
More Fire Advice
This is my third day of watching the Black Crater fire near Sisters, Oregon. Yesterday, thick plumes of orange smoke rose from the pine forests not far from our location. The darker smoke indicated new, more oily fuel burning, from the pitch (resi...
Jul 07 2006
Use a Sunscreen
When it comes to sun (ultraviolet radiation, or “UVR”) exposure, there is no such thing as a “safe tan.” Sunburn, skin aging (including age spots and leathery skin), wrinkles, and skin cancers are excellent reasons to seek protection from harmful...