Medicine for the Outdoors
Medicine for the Outdoors

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 23 2012

    Nanofiltered C1 Inhibitor Concentrate for Treatment of Hereditary Angioedema

    Hereditary angioedema is one of those conditions that frightens even seasoned emergency physicians, and would be one of the last conditions I would ever want to encounter (again) in an outdoor or wilderness setting away from advanced medical care ...

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  • May 03 2012

    Probiotics and Acute Infectious Diarrhea

    Probiotics are live microorganisms that are purposefully ingested by humans to improve their health—the thought is that probiotics improve “digestive health.” The specific microorganisms are commonly of the genera Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium...

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  • Apr 12 2012

    Improvised Medicine

    "Improvised Medicine" by Dr. Kenneth IsersonImprovised Medicine, subtitled Providing Care in Extreme Environments, a new book (McGraw Hill Medical; $54 U.S.) by Dr. Kenneth V. Iserson, is intended for health care practitioners who wil...

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  • Apr 05 2012

    Amebic Meningoencephalitis and Neti Pots

    Neti pots are devices used to irrigate the sinuses with saline solution or other liquid for cleansing purposes. They rely upon gravity and head positioning to facilitate flow of the liquid into one nostril, which is sometimes allowed to drain o...

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  • Mar 22 2012

    The Hazards of Indoor Tanning

    Ever since I was a medical student, wise dermatologists have reminded me, “There is no such thing as a safe tan.” True tanning requires skin exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), and therein lies the problem. UVR causes skin cancers, notably...

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  • Mar 08 2012

    New DERMABOND ADVANCED™ Topical Skin Adhesive

    DERMABOND ADVANCED™ Topical Skin AdhesiveDERMABOND has been around now for quite a while. I use it frequently in the emergency department, and sometimes in the field. For smaller cuts and those on children (who might dread needles and stitches)...

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  • Mar 05 2012

    Skin Patches to Treat Seasonal Allergies

    Spring hay fever season will soon be upon us. We will sneeze, our throats will be scratchy, our noses will run, and our eyes will weep. Grass pollen is the major culprit in the allergic reaction. To combat the symptoms, billions of dollars will...

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  • Jan 17 2012

    Snowboarding and Wrist Injuries

    This post relates information learned in the most recent issue (Volume 22, Number 3, 2011) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, published by the Wilderness Medical Society. In an article entitled “Snowboarding Injuries in ...

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  • Jan 03 2012

    Wilderness Medicine 6th Edition

    I’m thrilled to let you know that the 6th edition of the textbook Wilderness Medicine, for which I serve as Editor, is now available. The book is the culmination of more than three years’ work, and the publisher (Elsevier) has done a terrific ...

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  • Dec 01 2011

    Epinephrine for Out-of-Hospital Treatment of Anaphylaxis

    For management of a serious (even life-threatening) allergic reaction, I have been teaching adults to administer epinephrine (adrenaline) by injection for years. This can be a lifesaving intervention. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) commu...

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.