Minor Problem vs. a True Emergency
- trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or bloody sputum.
- blue or purple color to lips, skin, or nail beds.
- chest or stomach pain or pressure.
- sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision.
- change in mental status (such as loss of consciousness, confusion, or trouble waking).
- animal, snake, or human bites.
- severe pain or loss of motion or sensation anywhere in the body.
- severe bleeding or bleeding that does not stop with direct pressure.
- severe burns or burns of the face.
- broken bones.
- puncture wounds.
- head, spinal cord, or eye injuries.
- signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling of the face, lips, eyes, or tongue, fainting, or with trouble breathing, swallowing, or wheezing.
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