FIRST AID tips: BUG BITES
If you have a minor
reaction to an insect bite, here’s how to treat the pain and itching
while preventing infection:
Remove the stinger
If you’ve been stung by a bee, wasp or ant, move to a safe area to avoid more stings and try to stay calm, as movement causes
the insect venom to spread more quickly.
If you’ve been stung on the arms or legs, keep your limbs lowered, which helps keep the venom from spreading.
Use a fingernail, dull knife or the edge of a credit card to push against the skin and remove the stinger from the bite.
Soothe the pain
Hold a cloth-wrapped cold pack or cold compress over the bite for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce swelling and irritation.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with discomfort, while antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream or
ointment can help with itching and swelling. Check with your doctor before giving an antihistamine to a child.
Call the doctor
Facial or throat swelling, difficulty breathing, dizzyness, confusion, wheezing, hives, pale or blue skin, or abdominal
pain means you are having a severe allergic reaction and need to seek immediate medical help.
If there are multiple bites or the swelling lasts longer than a couple of days or extends much beyond the initial bite.
Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any
questions regarding a medical condition.
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