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More on Insect Bites and Stings

With the current concerns about Zika, there is a greater focus on insect bites and stings. Primarily, of course, this is centered around insect repellents and mosquitoes.

We've talked about treating the bite, and General Care of Bites and Stings... With Spring upon us, and outdoors beckoning, we though we would share what the American Red Cross says:

INSECT BITES AND STINGS

What to look for:

  • Stringer may be present
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Possible allergic reactions

 

What to do:

  • Remove stringer:
  • If bee sting, remove it by scraping away with a flat surface like a credit card.
  • Otherwise, try to remove with
  • Wash wound
  • Cover with dressing.
  • Apply ice or a cold pack.
  • Watch for signals of severe allergic reaction.

InsectSPIDER BITES/SCORPION STINGS

What to look for:

  • Bite mark
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Trouble breathing or swallowing.

 

What to do:

  • Wash wound
  • Apply antibiotic ointment if available or cream (if no known allergies or sensitives).
  • Cover with gauze.
  • Apply ice or a cold pack.
  • CALL 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
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