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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Lightning injuries occur when a person gets struck by lightning. Lightning produces an electric current that can pass through your body and damage nerves and organs.
Take your medicine as directed.
Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Prevent lightning injuries:
- When you hear thunder, seek immediate shelter in a safe place, such as a building.
- Turn off anything that uses electricity, such as computers, telephones, and radios.
- If you are in an open field, squat down and put your hands over your ears. Do not stand next to objects that are taller than you are.
- Do not touch metal objects, such as fences, bicycles, and motorcycles.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel dizzy and confused, or have trouble thinking clearly.
- You have a fast heartbeat and chest pain.
- You have increased redness, numbness, or swelling in the burned area.
- You have trouble breathing.
- Your lips or fingernails turn blue.
- Your pain does not go away, or gets worse even after you take medicine.
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