If you’ve ever needed emergency response services for health issues, you know how long the wait can be. It may only be 5 minutes in real time, but in the moment, those 5 minutes feel like an eternity. Thankfully humans have the services of 9-1-1 first responders. If your pet has a health emergency, it’s up to you to get them to the vet’s office. Of course, this is only possible when the vet’s office is operating during regular office hours. Or, if you have large/livestock/farm animal, you have to wait for the vet to come to you, which may be hours depending on where the vet has to travel from, if they are dealing with another emergency, and who may be ahead of your call. Whatever the preceding scenario, everyone should have a battery operated, near-infrared, red light at their immediate disposal for first aid in a small device.
With rare exception, utilizing the right red light as a first aid device in any medical emergency, will help the patient. In my every day life travels, whether grocery shopping, at the fair, enjoying a show, or just being at home, I have used my red light for: cuts, finger being slammed in the car door, snake bite, fainting due to stress, fainting due to heat exhaustion, lower teeth biting through skin beneath lower lip, sprained ankle, bee sting, scraped knee, pizza sauce burn, burned feet, broken toe, fractured finger, burning nettles, walking into the corner of furniture, blisters, and the list goes on. In each of these cases, ‘the right’ red light made a world of difference in the healing/recovery process by relieving pain, relieving inflammation, detoxifying, stop bleeding, preventing cellular death, and accelerating the healing process.
Wondering what ‘the right’ red light looks like? Or what qualities it should posses? First and foremost the light should be readily accessible and mobile. Having a red light which is battery operated and small enough to fit in your pocket means that you can carry it with you anywhere you go. Medical emergencies, whether minor or life-threatening, can occur anywhere you go. Be like a scout: be prepared.
’The right’ red light should be near-infrared, in other words you can see the color red coming from the light and it does NOT produce any heat. 660 namometers (nm) is ideal. This is particularly important for injuries. You never want to initially apply heat to a sprain, fracture, bleeding area, burn, bruise, puncture, abrasion, or laceration, as heat will only make the situation worse. Rather than applying ice, which may be difficult to find depending on the circumstances, using a near-infrared red light will also manage inflammation and pain, but rather than halting the healing process by slowing the cell activity as ice will do, near-infrared red light will increase the cell’s ability to heal.
Having a red light which has an output of at least 90 millwatts (mW) but no more than 700 (mW). Any less than 90 mW and it’s similar to using a bicycle pump to inflate a car tire. More than 700 mW and you run the risk of destroying healthy cells or acupoints.
Having a red light device which is water resistant is also important since you may need to provide first aid in the rain, by the pool, at the lake, by the river, or at the beach. Last, but not least, the red light should have a structurally sound shell/casing. A plastic or thin metal can splinter and cause injury should it be accidentally dropped, or has pressure applied.
A bonus would be to obtain ‘the right’ red light which also has a lifetime warranty and offers lifelong educational support should you ever have questions on how to best utilize your small first aid device. And lastly, ‘the right’ red light can be used for so much more than ‘just’ first aid.