Essential Addition to your First Aid Kit

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 21:58
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Super Glue.

If you've ever split a fingernail down low, it takes weeks to months to grow out. I've done it a couple of times with a knfe, and about a month ago by dropping a sharp steel rail on my "social" finger.

The risk is that at any time the sliced nail can catch on something and get torn off, most painful.

The solution is quite simple. Trim a small piece of tissue to match the nail, put it in place and drip a drop or two of Super Glue on it.

Helps to rough up the nail with a knife to aid adhesion. Generally lasts a week or two and then simply repeat the process.

Jim.



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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 22:11

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 22:11
I must try it Jim. Last trip i managed to break a few nails - always well below the growth line - OUCH. Good onya.

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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 23:02

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 23:02
Just another addition most people don't carry is a snake bite kit.Only consists of 3 crepe type bandages which need to be applied quickly and coud definately save your life.Available at most camping stores.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:49

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:49
I not only have them in the first aid kit, but in the backpack - more likely to get bitten by a snake in the bush when it is a long way back to the car. I get them from pharmacies or pharmacy section of chain stores. Most likely to get bitten on the leg, and one roll just won't be enough.

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Reply By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 23:19

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 23:19
Will go along with that Jim!, Also good if you have false teeth and a tooth comes adrift whilst chewing on that T. bone steak, providing it dosen't disappear ,a drop of superglue can put a smile back on the dial.....LOL. Also not a bad thing to have in the tool box either, modern 4bys have lots of plastic bits that seem to need attention now an then.

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Reply By: Welldone WA - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 00:11

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 00:11
If you have accidently spilt super glue on your fingers and then tried to pull them apart you'll soon come to the conclusion that is also great for closing wounds[emergency stitches] so long as there is not too much blood to prevent adhesion . I go barefoot when fishing , camping and 4Wdriving and sometimes cracks occur in heels and soles ; super glue is the only thing durable enough to take barefoot punishment.
Raw ,non-heat treated honey is another first-aid item as it is a good antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-ulcer that dosen't go off , is not toxic and can be used as food if circumstances become dire!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 07:30

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 07:30
Welldone, can vouch for the honey.

Ants loved it too.....hehehe.

Speaking of ants, I once recall having a sore develop on my foot. Being a typical boofhead, did nothing about it, reckoned it would heal itself.
It eventually turned septic and layed me up for the day, just sat around the campsite. While reading, noticed ants herding around the sore. A bit tingly and the occassional nip but they cleaned the sore up in no time at all.

Just washed the wound, antiseptic cream, socks & boots and away I went.

These days I treat them like mates instead of pests.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:57

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:57
Were they Meat Ants or Sugar Ants ?
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:50

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:50
Maggots will do a good job too.

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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:41

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:41
Meat ants Mike, or so the missus reckoned.
Shes Ozzie born & bred so suppose she would know.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:42

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 10:42
you would have known if they were meat ants. within seconds they would have swarmed all over you. by the time you realized you were under attack it would have been too late.

often you dont see there nest as they have no dirt around them and are just straight holes in the ground.

I killed a nest over the course of a few days just outside my fence. By poisoning the holes they were using - as each hole was poisoned they used a few more. i poisoned over 30 holes in the end.
Finally they started taking the eggs out and putting them in the shade on the surface and i finished them off with flyspray

- nothing against ants but having a meat ant supernest outside your gate is not on
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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 19:12

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 19:12
Yep, they were meat ants, seemed to swarm the wound area.

One stray did get up my shorts, now thgat was more than a nip...lol.

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Follow Up By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 19:17

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 19:17
get outmore, you wouldnt be talking about Bull Ants would you.

Now thems nasty little bastards.


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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 07:49

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 07:49
Hi Jim,

A good tip.

I have also heard it used for sealing wounds and for attaching hooks to live bait ( yabbies etc ).

However, I just use time in my first aid kit. It cures all things.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 07:58

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 07:58
Yep we've used it for years to stick up small wounds, paper cuts, cracked heels and fingers especially.
Apparently the yanks invented it for triage in Vietnam for just that purpose. The medical stuff is more refined but in the small doses used on cuts it isn't going to cause any probs.
It is also used to glue up the perineum (sp) when women have given birth and had small tears.
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Follow Up By: austastar - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 15:09

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 15:09
The medical 'super glue' has some different components.
I was told by ER doctor that the industrial/domestic glue is not guaranteed free of carcinogens.
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:53

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:53
Yes heard that, the minute amounts involved aren't gunna do much ;-))
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Reply By: cackles - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 09:12

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 09:12
I use to use it for the scissor cuts I got when cutting hair
It would stay on for a few, days keep the infection out and then fall off once the skin had started to knit, good stuff.

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Reply By: Ozboc - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 15:53

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 15:53
its also good for making o-rings also - when on the road and you have some that are too large to get your car going :) cut to right size - glue and away you go

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:03

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:03
G'day Jim,

Sound like you might need a stainless glove when knife weilding to save the pain. Prevention is better than the cure hahahaha.

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Reply By: Welldone WA - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 01:25

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 01:25
A couple of other essential first-aid items are :

"Styp-Wool" which will stop just about all bleeding in seconds when a small piece is applied to a wound .

A drawing ointment called "Venice Turpentine" smeared on the skin were a foriegn body[splinter etc.]is buried then covered with a bandaid and left until the bandaid falls off with the splinter magically stuck to it .

Be careful not to leave it on too long as it'll suck the bone out of your leg ;))
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