First Aid For Insect Bites and Stings 

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Overview Of Insect Bites and Stings

  • Insect bites are, typically, not life-threating or severe
  • Occasionally they cause a severe allergic response such as anaphylaxis
  • Anaphylaxis is serious if not treated immediately
  • Stings from bees, wasps, and hornets are painful
  • Bites from insects, such as mosquitoes, can cause itching
  • The bite of a black widow spider can be lethal if not treated immediately.

Causes Of Bites and Stings

Insects which bite:

  • Mites
  • Spiders
  • Mosquitoes
  • Fleas

Insects which sting:

  • Hornets
  • Wasps
  • Bees

Symptoms

  • Restricted Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Lack of feeling
  • Burning
  • Tingling feeling
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Faintness

Treatment Of Bites and Stings

  • Get rid of the stinger using a straight object
  • Rinse the region carefully with soap and water
  • Place ice enfolded in a cloth on the affected region
  • After every 10 minutes, place ice on the region
  • Apply a mild cream to avoid itching
  • Take antihistamines if required
    Stings from bees, wasps, and hornets are painful

    Stings from bees, wasps, and hornets are painful

  • Check for signs of infection like discomfort, redness or inflammation

For An Emergency:

  • Try to keep the individual calm
  • Examine the individual’s breathing
  • Get rid of compressing objects, like rings
  • Do CPR, if required
  • If the casualty is carrying a first aid kit, use it
  • If needed, treat the casualty for symptoms of shock
  • Look for medical assistance as soon as possible

Consult a Doctor In Case Of The Following And Seek Medical Assistance

  • Out of breath
  • Inflammation of the face
  • Trouble breathing
  • Constricted feeling in the throat
  • The body starts turning blue

Steps To Avoid Bites And Stings

  • Do not get rid of the stinger by means of a tweezer
  • Do not apply a bandage
  • Aspirin or pain tablets, should not be given except if instructed by a doctor

Prevention Of Bites And Stings

  • Avoid putting your hand near the mouth of a person having a convulsion
  • Take caution to stop your youngster from developing a biting habit

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